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Why are people tempted to smoke after quitting?

While nicotine leaves your system within a few days of quitting, the effects of nicotine on your brain are more long lasting than that. Your brain needs time to heal, sometimes up to a few years. During that time, it's not uncommon to feel a subtle desire to pick up a cigarette. A slip is not a sign of weakness but rather a sign that your brain hasn't finished healing yet. A slip doesn't mean you are a smoker again. It is simply the time to ask for help and get back to quitting.

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