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I didn’t want to get out of bed; whether it was fatigue, depression or a mix of both, I don’t know. Nicotine withdrawal peaks in the first 12 to 24 hours. I was in minute five of my big, quitting-smoking day. I just told myself I needed to get through this day.

Did you know that just 20 minutes after quitting smoking your heart rate drops back to a normal level? In fact after two hours without a cigarette, your heart rate and blood pressure will have decreased to near healthy levels.