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Is There An Easy Way to Detox from Cigarettes?


glass of water2 resized 600Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to quit smoking.  After 30, 40, or more years of smoking you are finally ready to have ALL the chemicals from cigarettes out of your body. But you don’t just want all those chemicals out for good; you want them out IMMEDIATELY.

While nicotine—the primary addictive ingredient in cigarettes— is cleared from your body quickly (about 24 hours), the 7,000 other chemicals found in cigarette smoke can make the detoxification timeline more complicated.     

Headaches, dizziness, coughing, constipation, mood swings—all very common with withdrawal—can make the detoxification process downright unpleasant.  Finding ways to get through this process more effectively has many quitters looking for a quick fix.  But is there really anything you can do to make your body heal faster?

Ultimately, the only effective antidote for detoxification is TIME.  Your body has the amazing ability to heal.  In fact, after that last cigarette, your body immediately begins healing from the chemicals in cigarettes.  You can mainly thank your kidneys and liver for this, both of which work tirelessly 24/7, 365 days a year to filter your blood.

To support your body in its natural healing process, here are some things you can do:

  • Eat a healthy diet.  While there is no specific food to help with detoxification, certain foods—fruits and veggies, whole grains and other healthy foods—have been shown to help lessen cravings.
  • Exercise. Being physically active is a natural metabolism booster and helps fight cravings and withdrawal symptoms by providing a distraction, helping improve mood, and staving off potential post-quit weight gain. 
  • Get enough sleep. While the “perfect” amount of sleep may be different for everyone, sleep is important because it’s a time when your body repairs itself.  Aim for 6-8 hours a night.
  • Drink water. Water is crucial to our survival.  Staying well-hydrated while quitting can help your body stay healthy.
  • Take a multivitamin. Smoking can deplete certain vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C.  Taking a multivitamin replenishes those lost from smoking.

While these tips may not necessarily speed the detoxification process, they certainly can make the process more manageable!

Still wondering if there is anything else you can do?  While there is no hard, scientific data to support use of herbal supplements in expediting the quitting process, lobelia, ginseng, and St. John’s Wort may have some potential.  But beware: natural does not necessarily mean safe.  Herbal supplement can potentially interact poorly with medications you may already be taking, plus carry their own risk for use.  Consult your physician first before taking an herbal supplement!



Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist


This is the most honest and straightforward website I have visited regarding nicotine detox and withdrawal. There are no pushy adverts and no ridiculous product pushing. I can accept that withdrawal is difficult, but I will cope and just need more time. Thanks
Posted @ Saturday, March 02, 2013 6:33 AM by Barbara
Was this article written by a fifth grader? Seriously what a waste of time only to read the plain obvious
Posted @ Tuesday, June 11, 2013 6:12 AM by Denito
I loved how this article read. Straight forward, and addressed us long time smokers. Thank you!!
Posted @ Monday, July 29, 2013 9:28 AM by Cynthia
Love the article, sometimes it's nice to read the plain truth. Or... I must be 5! ;-)
Posted @ Saturday, August 17, 2013 10:55 AM by HECTOR G BERTRAND
This web site has good advice and like others stated it does not push for you to buy any products. Thank you for the good advice.
Posted @ Sunday, October 06, 2013 12:39 PM by Ryan
Finally a website with a straight forward answer! I was curious if any foods helped with detox, and many non-reputable sites cliam certain things or push detox kits, I just wanted the truth and science. I see someone else in the comments was upset, but I think its just because there isn't the quick fix they were hoping for (or maybe they're just a little stressed from quitting.) Good luck to all those who are quitting!
Posted @ Wednesday, January 29, 2014 1:20 PM by Mark
I nice basic article. I have quit a few times using various different methods such as cold turkey and NRT. I now find myself smoking again (5 or 6 cigarettes per day only) and regret it straight afterwards. I love the act of smoking but am afraid of dying young. I also fear going one day without obe though.
Posted @ Tuesday, April 29, 2014 4:47 PM by Stevie
I have smoked for over 40 years and breathing was getting really hard. Now after I quit I take through out the day long breath, hold it and exhale slowly. I tell my self, I finally freed myself from self imprisonment. Deep breath is the most enjoyment and best cleansing for the hole body!It comes the nerves, increases relaxation, your confidence that you made the best decision in your life- to quit! In the beginning, a lot of caughing, your lung is getting rid of the deposited crap!
Posted @ Thursday, May 08, 2014 9:01 AM by Ingrid
Like everyone else said this is the most upfront website that I have come across since deciding to stop smoking. Of course the detoxification period will be long but I am willing to go through it for myself and my family. I will no longer be imprisoned by this addiction. Thanks you Loans!
Posted @ Saturday, May 10, 2014 7:36 PM by Crystal
theres never a 'quick fix' to detox from any addiction. that idea is nothing more than a buisiness sales tactic to make you feel powerless and hand over your money. detoxing is nothing more than the bodys natural endocrine fluid cleansing system flushing the toxins out of the body. the cravings are caused by the nerves waking up and detecting a difference. aches n pains are caused by nerves waking up after being blocked in the dark for so many years. its light on, light off, the longer your in the dark the more uncomfortable it will be when you bang the light bulb back on. but its TEMPORARY. it only takes a week or so to force your nerves to adjust the presence of a neurotoxin, and it only takes a week or so to reprogram your nerves for chemical freedom. you would still have to go cold turkey from the last dose of NRT. when its your choice, only you can do it, bite the bullet and remember, its your choice. and dont tell people your making your own choices cus it invites assoles to kick you around to make you fail. just one means square one. grab the bull by the horns and watch what happens. if your taking other drugs that effect the nervous system, research them. a lot of prescriptions are addictive n the cravings they cause feel the same as nicotine cravings! good luck people and stay strong x
Posted @ Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:12 AM by hopeful
plenty of fluids, 3 regular meals, remind yourself when you feel irritable or cant sleep the first night or two thats its just body readjusting and the cravings are temporary waves, like the 2 year old that has a tantrum for a few minutes. let it pass. theres only one moment in time and thats this moment right now. and no pill or fag will solve social, family or financial problems will it? but it can make those things worse. if youre worried about weight gain, the key is to recognise a craving as a nerve tantrum and ignore it, dont replace the addiction with something else like food, sip water or juice instead, 3 normal meals a day and no snacks for the first two weeks and you wont gain any weight. you might start feeling self empowered though ;o)
Posted @ Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:26 AM by hopeful
what did you dream of growing up to be when you were a kid? whats stopping you from researching that topic and filling this moment in time with everything about something you love. something that makes you feel happy or that you find fascinating, football, racing, cooking, science etc. look up websites that cover and discuss the topic and spark up conversations with others, and support those who are living that dream so you can enjoy taking part in their experience. when you fill your mind with something you love, you get to live that dream through shared experience. mine was being a physicist and astrologer. so i think the researching is gonna keep me busy and happy for a long time. but at least right now i know im no longer paying the tax man for the air i breathe!
Posted @ Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:51 AM by hopeful
dammit, i keep hitting return and posting too soon, i hope my comments help you and i wish you much love and strength in your journey x just keep practising, and believe in yourself. ok, so im done now, time to dash off, love n leave y'all, n go n check out the images of the solar storms on the surface of the sun and the research of EMF particles that cause the aurora borealis woohoo haha, come on, laters ppl xxx
Posted @ Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:02 AM by hopeful
I have been trying to quit for sometime now. i went a whole 20 hrs and then went to the store and then started beating myself up again. i want to quit in a bad way . physically i feel like hell.
Posted @ Friday, May 30, 2014 4:41 PM by kristie davis
lol i agree with Denito.. This was a complete waste of time for me to read.. I'm not trying to be rude or anything, it's just my personal opinion.
Posted @ Saturday, June 28, 2014 12:53 AM by Yujin
hey kristie, every time your body goes through withdrawal symptoms it learns what its like. we know that another fag will temporarily alleviate those symptoms but not for long. in an hour or so it wears off and the withdrawal symptoms start to kick in again perpetually feeding the withdrawal symptoms that are being caused by the fags themselves. and when we attempt to elliminate them out of our lives we thing of it as 'denying' ourselves something we enjoy and making ourselves suffer. this is wrong thinking cus its only the alleviation of the withdrawal symptoms that makes us enjoy smoking. understanding our biological processes of whats happening in our body through the stages of neural readjustment is key to breaking free. as well as the realization that youre making youre own choice to do so. and if its your choice then you have a right to make that choice. try practise days of leaving it as long as you can before having a fag and getting to know how your body responds and feels to build up your confidence and learn about yourself. any irritable thoughts tell us who we are, slow releasing carbohydrates and juice are great to reduce low sugar drops and learn to trust your body to know what to do. its kept you alive all these of being battered with poisons. and give yourself some love and patience, you deserve that much at least for trying to care for your body. if you do try to quit and you smoke a fag soon after trying, never beat yourself up over it, you should be seeing it as a learning opportunity. rome was not built in a day, it took years of experimenting and trying different materials and ways of building to learn to get it right. you should praise yourself for at least having the love and courage to even try to change your habit. cus i know hard it is and i think you rock for facing it head on. you just gotta keep going and believe in yourself. i know you will get there. cus i believe in you.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 02, 2014 3:36 PM by hopeful
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Posted @ Monday, October 27, 2014 6:31 PM by Janice Bell
I've been sick with bronchitis for 4 weeks and housebound. Breathing is labored (but I'm still smoking). Taking prednisone, max strength mucinex, 1000 mg. 2x a day of antibiotics and a nebulizer 2x a day. I've been smoking 1.5 to 2 packs a day for 40 years. I prefer to die if I have to live this way, but next week I'm going to start a smoking cessation program. I don't want to but have no choice. I'm terrified of the withdrawal symptoms. I would rather have a person follow me around for 12 weeks to make sure I don't sneak a butt. My family isn't strong enough to help me. Do I spend every waking moment in a support group? I curse my first cigarette which was a non-filter Camel and walked to school like a drunk. Talking about quitting makes me nervous. Bless you all and sorry for my rant.
Posted @ Saturday, January 17, 2015 8:31 AM by Holly
I been smoking for about two years and I'm sick of it. For detoxing I recommend chlorophyll rich foods and supplements such as Chlorella and Spirulina. Also adding a good expectorant such as Thyme, Garlic, Onion, Mint oils and Honey, works wonders, but the main and most powerful ingredient is will power.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 03, 2015 5:53 AM by RasArley
Intro leads you to believe there will be advise on how to speed up detox, but in reality there was no useful information aside from common sense.Eating a healthy diet/exercise/drinking water etc. are something that anyone should do... weather they smoke or not.
Posted @ Monday, March 30, 2015 1:07 AM by james
Again, I must say that this article is absolutely useless and a waste of time. 
The method above IS NOT A GUIDE TO ANYTHING. I could tell you the same advice if you were sick with cold or some other random disease. 
●Eat a healthy diet 
●Get enough sleep 
●Drink water 
●Take a multivitamin 
Are you kidding me? I'm not being negative, I'm only pointing out the facts. They things listed above are just basic requirements for us to sustain our health. Who doesn't need any of the above? 
Me being negative - "Some people really need to use their common sense when reading this article"
Posted @ Monday, March 30, 2015 10:52 PM by Yujin
Those who find the truth useless, I hope you are not members of the nicotine lobby. I don't agree that the advice given was not useful. I think we should appreciate that one website tells us the TRUTH and do not try to deceive us by using NRT or other useless pills. I really deplore those who just want to run down this website, you should do that with the number of websites where the so-called shared experiences contain concealed advertisements. Interestingly, these complaining people are not so loud on those sites. Tobacco lobby is strong. REMEMBER!
Posted @ Sunday, April 05, 2015 3:20 AM by zoltan
A book called "easy way to quit smoking" by allen carr helped me a lot. If you have ever gone an hour without smoking you have survived the worst of the withdrawals. Its fear that stops most of us who want to quit.
Posted @ Sunday, June 21, 2015 11:15 AM by Ben
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