How Long Does Nicotine Stay In Your System [The FACTS]

By Drake Equation •  Updated: 04/13/18 •  4 min read

How Long Does Nicotine Stay In Your System – The FACTS. Plus, a definition of how nicotine works in cigarettes vs vape devices and why they’re very different 


Smoking is currently considered the most critical public health problem in first world countries.

And the differences between vaping vs smoking are now well established.

The consumption of cigarettes is among the top causes of preventable death all around the world.

And this problem continues to exist, despite efforts to combat nicotine dependence.

Although we know how dangerous cigarettes are for our health and those around us, many people continue to smoke and have no plans to quit, while many others have trouble quitting because of the withdrawal syndrome.

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Vaping vs Smoking – Main Differences

Why Cigarettes Are Addictive

The tobacco leaf (the main ingredient of cigarettes) from the Nicotiana tabacum plant, has two essential components: water and dry matter.

Within the dry matter, we find nitrogenous and nitrogen compounds.

Among the nitrogenous are proteins, amino acids, ammonia and alkaloids, the most important and characteristic being nicotine.

Nicotine is a powerful stimulant, which acts as an anabolic agent when it reaches the brain.

If you are a casual smoker or are trying to quit smoking, you may be wondering.

How Long Does Nicotine Stay In Your System?

Although your liver quickly assimilates most of the nicotine that is consumed (approximately 70%) and then discarded by your kidneys, the excess that is not eliminated remains in your bloodstream even after six or eight hours of your smoking break.

Therefore, the amount of time that nicotine stays in your body depends on how much of that substance you have in your system.


How Long Does Nicotine Withdrawal Last? 

According to the number of cigarettes you smoke per day, there will be a smaller or more significant amount of nicotine in your body.

If you are an occasional smoker (someone who smokes less than ten cigarettes a day), it will probably take a few days for you to eliminate nicotine from your body.

However, for a compulsive smoker (more than one pack per day), traces of nicotine can remain in your bloodstream for up to 30 days after you have smoked – and that considering that you quit smoking altogether!

How To Get Nicotine Out of Your System

To clean your system of nicotine, many people recommend drinking eight to 10 glasses of water each day.

Also, Fruits that contain vitamin C also help cleanse your system from the metabolism of substances, and physical exercise and sweating should also help.

Is Nicotine Dangerous? 

Tobacco products are hazardous, but this is not due to nicotine and its addictive properties.

Studies have proven that while nicotine is an addictive substance, the harms associated with it are entirely overestimated.

In 2014 a study found that nicotine is ten times less harmful than advertised by medical associations, the reason for this is that the studies that portrayed nicotine as a deadly poison dated back to the 19th century.


Emphysema, cancer, and heart diseases are just some of the conditions that can develop as a direct result of the use of cigarettes due to the formation of carcinogenic and toxic substances when it is lighted.

Quit Smoking With Vaping 

This is why multiple scientific and health organisations (the NHS, Public Health England, Royal College of Physicians) are now actively supporting vaping.

It delivers nicotine into your system in a method that has been shown to be 95% safer than smoking.

This is why millions of smokers are now switching to less harmful alternatives to smoking, specially vape kits (AIO vapes are very popular with new vapers), as they offer an experience similar, if not better, than regular cigarettes, and can help smokers get nicotine without facing the harms of smoking a cigarette.

I know vaping can seem confusing.

But this is why we created Vape University – a free email course you can join up to for free below!


Drake Equation

Co-founder and Editor of VapeBeat. I make the words.
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