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Question motivation: I recently quit smoking after a short period of smoking (~2 months, a pack every 2-3 days). I have experienced no withdrawal symptoms over the intervening 3 weeks between quitting and now. I realize this is likely due to my short duration of smoking. Regardless, I would like to know more about how withdrawal affects individuals.

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    $\begingroup$ It entirely depends on the substance itself, the dose being used previously, the length of time it was used, the manner in which the substance is being withdrawn (taper down, cold turkey, etc.), and the person's individual genetics and biochemistry. It's impossible to make broad statements about withdrawal, because each individual's experience is different. $\endgroup$ – MattDMo Sep 30 at 1:11
  • $\begingroup$ @MattDMo Ok, I gather my question was way too vague. Thanks anyways! $\endgroup$ – onb Sep 30 at 3:28
  • $\begingroup$ One might argue that if there is absolutely no withdrawal, then there was no addiction in that case. Lots of people consume addictive substances without being addicted. $\endgroup$ – swbarnes2 Sep 30 at 19:48

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