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  1. Day one here…glad I found a resource like this one. Ready to make the change after almost 14 years

    • Hardest thing ever…quitting. but worth it. I am on day 20. Smokey Mountain helps alot. Walmart had a few kinds. Better than the spinach, raisens, and marshmellows I was dipping the first 2 weeks

    • Try the Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff. I quit on 9/26/16 and it has helped me a ton! I use it when the urge hits.

    • Keep at it. I chewed for 27 years. One day I decided enough is enough. I am now tobacco free for almost 2 years. Don’t miss it one bit. Believe me, if i can do it so can you. I had a dip in my mouth all day every day for 15 years. Be proud of every day. I still have my last tin of Kodiak in my end table by my chair as a souvenir. It is completely dry but half full.

    • You can do it man! I stopped three days ago. It’s been a little difficult, especially not chewing when I normally used to.

  2. I decided to quit five days ago after stressing for three days over a canker sore in my oral cavity. (It has disappeared.) I wouldn’t normally pat myself on the back yet, but it’s been a difficult five days.

    Four days ago, the youngest of our three cats suddenly turned up sick. Just seven years old, he had somehow contracted pneumonia. We spent much of Thursday night at the animal trauma center, where we learned around 10:30 p.m. that this lively little guy suddenly had a 50-50 chance to live.

    When we finally got home, we were awakened at 5 a.m. by the overnight vet, who told us Benny had taken a turn for the worse. By 7:30 a.m., they said it was best to euthanize to limit his suffering. My wife and I … we’re cat people. We were, and are, crushed.

    But I kept chewing nicotine gum.

    Saturday evening, I told my wife, “I’m stopping at (local convenience store). This isn’t the time for me to stop.” She replied, “OK. But I don’t want to hear anything ever again about mouth problems. You have to deal with that yourself.”

    I didn’t stop. And down the line, I’m going to do something really, really nice for her to thank her for saying just the right thing at that time.

    It’s Sunday evening. I’m chewing nicotine gum. I plan to continue doing it, and some of the pain about Benny is subsiding.

    This time, I’m getting this done. I’m tired of worrying every time I have a cut or sore in my mouth. I’m tired of being embarrassed about chewing in a venue where it isn’t accepted … even though I did just that for some 40 years.

    Thanks for letting me vent. This is helping, too. Good luck to everyone.

    • Jay, Sorry to hear about your cat. I feel your pain. Hard to lose a pet like that.
      We spent a night in the emergency pet hospital dealing with an infected bite wound and a very sick kitty. He is ok now.
      You know, there is never a good time if you don’t want it to be for quitting any addiction. We are just a few short seconds away from making it or breaking it all the time. The key is to make a daily promise (roll call) here on KTC and stay quit for the day. Once you are totally nicotine free, get on a quit group and every morning make a pledge to not use for that day. A week ago I had a rough day of cravings, but I used lots of gums and seeds and it past. You can do it. It is not worth risking your life and causing so much pain to you loved ones.
      Quit all forms of nicotine when you are ready and start posting. It works. Today is my 101 day nicotine free. I have no fog, no anxiety and no pain.
      The cravings are still there when I allow it to bother me, but it is getting better.
      Just do it.
      Good luck

    • Good for you. I was always finding an excuse to chew. Work was too stressful etc. Finally went cold turkey and said no excuses. That was almost 2 years ago and haven’t looked back. I too stressed every time my mouth felt strange not anymore. very liberating. Good luck my friend.

  3. Day 6 beginning here. Kicking it’s ass. Gonna do what it did to me for years and years and make it my little bitch. Hell yeah! KILL THE CANNNNNN!!!!!

    • Good luck brother. It’s a process. I’m almost 2 years in. If I can do it so can you. Still have occasional cravings but the pride I feel in quitting makes them go away quickly. By the way, my buddies all still chew. Thought that would be my downfall but once you’ve made up your mind, it’s easy.

  4. Today is day one of my first day without pouches. I’ve been dipping/smoking on and off since college and I’m turning 26 in less than 2 weeks. I started putting pouches in my upper lip and today my gums had a small sore and hurt like a sob. I threw my left over tin in a trash can where I couldn’t get em. I need to stop, I can’t have my mouth destroyed. I just looked at the cancer pics and someone has their jaw missing. What woman is gonna marry a man without a jaw? I’m a real estate agent, how am I going to sell someone a house without an upper lip? I’m nervous, about my health. I’m going to the dentist on the 24th, my birthday and really hoping I don’t get a bad present. Peer pressure has opened the door to addiction…a really hard addiction. I’m stronger than it, we’re all stronger then it. I stopped for months, then picked it back up again. But today marks the first day of the rest of my life.

    • Good for you. I chewed for 27 years. Straight Kodiak the whole time. You will be fine. Make every day the best day. I am married and have kids and always had chew in my teeth. I’m still amazed my wife married me because of it. If you have quit at 26, everything will work out fine. Good luck my friend. Kill the Can!!!

  5. 230 days here after dipping 22 years, most all of that over a can a day. I had tried to quit several times before and it never worked. This time it did, and I know why. One, I didn’t use a nicotine aid (lozenges, gum, etc.) this time. I know these aids work for MANY, but for me it kept my body depending on it when used previously. Two, I couldn’t just quit–I had to change my lifestyle/diet at the SAME TIME. I had to eliminate (at least for a while) the major triggers that caused me to crave a dip. I switched to water and quit eating desserts. If I did drink something other than water, I would drink a glass of water afterward to neutralize my palate. I, personally, had to give up morning coffee for a while. I get up early with a group of guys and work out. My lifestyle/diet has now changed and I’m still snuff-free. Yep, I still crave one most every day, but it’s mentally not an option. And I’m now able to enjoy coffee, desserts, pizza, etc. without caving. I hope this helps someone. You can do it.

    • Amen. Sounds a lot like my experience. I am now 660 days free and no longer have cravings. I feel like I won a war. Keep it up.

  6. I see a lot of statistics on smoking but it’s always hard to find on dipping. I have been dipping a can a day of skoal for the last 12 years. I’m 26 now. How long does the risk of cancer start dropping or go away from dipping after we quit? Everything I see is smoking related online. Thank y’all!!

    • I have no stats, but if you quit and you don’t have cancer that should be good enough for you. I chewed for 27 years, quit 2 years ago and am still cancer free. I know it could still come, but I choose to think I am safe. Helps me stay positive. Try quitting. It can never be to early.

  7. Day 395. Just came back from a trip to Las Vegas to network with fellow IT folks who are involved with developing, managing teams or selling products built with the ColdFusion development language. I had to deal with jet lag, fast paced classes, walking 15 minutes through the hotel where folks are still allowed to smoke among other things. Walked an hour through the hotel looking for an exit out to meet an uber driver. Got misdirected by 5 different hotel employees. Found out later that the exit was 2 minutes from my room. My phone died every time I needed a cab or uber driver which caused a great deal of stress. Great networking event, fun hotel at Mandalay bay etc. But I had a couple of times I was ready to melt down.

    I never would have survived a 6 plus hour plan ride without a dip. What a miracle.

    Long story short, I am so proud that during every difficult episode I encountered, while I thought about a dip, I removed that thought from my mind as I knew it would not be a solution. I have tried to quit so many times in my 40+ year history of smoking and then dipping.

    I really believe the key to a successful quit is your attitude.

    The difference is deciding I have quit, period.

    Saying I wish I could quit means that are you not determined and you have not made up your mind.

    If you have decided to really quit, then you are quit, and then you discontinue the dialog in your head that says just one more.

    My quit is reinforced daily by posting roll call every day. It keeps me accountable and keeps me strong knowing I am with others that are going through the same difficulty.

    Improve the rest of your life. Quit being a slave. Decide to quit today, give your introduction, join a group, start posting roll call. Join the team.

    I quit with you today.

  8. Idk how i did it but 365 days today! I havnt had any nicotine since last oct 14th( i know the math doesnt add up but thats what the calculator above says). Sucks ive been sick as a dog the last few days but one thing i noticed when i have issues like this in life my mind does not go right for chew. I go days sometimes without even thinking about it. i dont get urges anymore, sometimes ill catch myself wondering because i dont remember now how nicotine high felt but theres no way in hell i would throw away my time. Anyway best of luck to all of you just starting out, it is worth it. I wish i had quit alot sooner but better late than never.

      • ……its 1:05 am i just passed the test of tests. Came within 75 ft of having my home burned to the ground. Were forced to evacuate 8 hours ago and i had been watching from up the hill across the highway as the flames kept inching closer and closer to my home. Honest it crossed my mind especially having a store right where i was watching from the idea of a chew but i did not cave. A chew would not have helped it would have probably only made me sick to my stomach. Anyway the fire is out although i doubt theres a snowballs chance in hell ill get back to sleep now. i can honestly say i am finished with nicotine, if that didnt push me over the edge nothing ever will.

  9. Hey guys for the last 2 weeks I have been cutting back on chew from a tin and 1/2 a day down to 4 chews a day. As of 6 pm last night my tin ran dry and I have decided not to buy another and it’s time to kick it. I’m 26 and my roots of my bottom k9 teeth are showing. I’m getting so shakes and sweats over it but I have 3 packs of gum, sunflower seeds, and jerky to try to trick my mind. I love y’all are all like me and have done this or are doing it with me so thanks and best of luck to all y’all in this with me!

  10. Day 76. Tomorrow will be day 77.

  11. I’m on day 90ish (not really keeping count) and it feels like day 1! Agh, F#%K! Headaches, nausea, fog, sore throat, jaw pain…. It was getting better… I’m def not going to cave, but this is horrible!

    • Keep caffeine in your system it seems to help me. I’m on my 9th day and I have no really bad side effects anymore except for not sleeping and waking up to piss all night long. But the caffeine I think seems to help the void we all miss now.

    • Hey Chris, go read my Introduction thread… I hit day 90 and had the same thing. trust me, there are others out there like you that walk and walked the same path. read the website posts, drink water, stay busy…. but whatever you do, do not cave!

    • I am going on 5 months and I am still climbing the walls. What is it about this stupid drug? After being told no 5,000,000 times you would think it would give up. Yet it knows there are still 1,500 times a day I think about it and a few times I am really thinking about it. FU leave me alone

    • Hang in there Chris, the 70’s,80’s,90’s was an intresting experience.I’m in the130’s it does get better bro don’t give in.

  12. Day 1 for me. Quitting for the countless time but I’m doing it for my health and my family. Pray for me to have the strength.

    • Nevermind. Gave in again

      • Wow. Epic fail. You don’t really want this do you?

        • I actually do. Going through some heavy stuff on the homefront. Think it’s going well enough where I can quit and then it falls apart and I turn to it for comfort. Horrible excuse but it’s the truth. Very weak right now and need to be strong to kick it.

          • Go read what Nolaq went through during his quit and tell me that you have it worse.

          • When i quit i didnt quit because of my health or fear of cancer or my family. I quit because i didnt want to live as an addict the rest of my life. I didnt realize how much it controlled my life. Everything i did i had to have a chew to enjoy. Your brain will heal and start producing those chemicals on its own without nicotine. I would never have believed how much happier, nicer, healthier person i am almost 1 year(364 days tonight)after? My biggest regret is i didnt quit earlier. If you really want it dont give up. I fucked up quite a few times before i finally got it right. Just keep a few things in mind, in 3 days the nic is completely out of you body and its all mental from there, most nic fits last 2-3 min learn how to change the subject, the amount of money youll save, you do not want to live life as an addict, try and get your families support and use this site to vent. Read some stories and see what others are going through.

    • I’m praying for you. If you have truly made up your mind ti quit it will be an easy process. It was for me after 27 years. I just had to really decide to quit.

  13. Day 5 – Today is pretty cool. Just 5 days in but the fog is kind of lifted today. I read where it comes back…hey bring it, today is a good day. I was thinking back to the one time i tried to stop…and I never told anyone this story but here goes…probably 20 years ago, we had this little cabin in South Texas we deer hunted out of. One year end of year I am driving home, and for whatever reason told myself ehh you need to stop this snuff thing, so I tossed my snuff out the window. And went home and told my wife, hey, i quit dipping…no biggie…and as I recall, it went for about a month and I didnt dip. Seems like forever ago. THEN…….wife and I decide to go to the cabin for a weekend. Its cold. We build a fire…still everything is ok. cook some steaks and we’re drinking beer and campfire and hey, all cool, no real urges hittin’ on me. So we only have these twin beds so I go to the one I always used…she went to another one. Damned if there isnt a 6-8 week old dried up spit cup on the floor next to my bed. WTF I think…and I smelled it…hey friend I remember you….so drumroll, yes, I re-dipped a big old fatty from that damn nearly 2 month old cup. And I never put it down until 5 days ago. My wife caught me and just said in disgust, if it means that much to you go get a can. Which I did…and did…and did. Today I quit for me. With all of you.

    • DHO60,
      Welcome to KTC; you have found the right venue if you are committed to staying Nicotine free. I never was involved in a purposeful “Re Dip”, but did mistakenly drink down a big ol’ spitter cup once. Glad your here. Sig45

  14. Here it is guys. I’ve been chewing for 24yrs now. My wife always tells me I need to quit, but if I even go a day without chew, it feels like my skin is crawling, also feels like electricity in my hands and feet. Anyone ever feel these symptoms?

    • 100% yes. I remember fondly my tingling jaw. Felt like it was going to crawl right off my face. All I can tell you is it gets better. Hang in there my man!

    • Yes Mr. Myers, it is called Blood circulation…. Chew causes HIGH blood pressure. when you do not use, your blood pressure comes back to a normal level. Your body is trying to heal itself and by putting dip in your lip, you are fighting it…. when your body finally gives up the fight, it is called Cancer… do it for yourself, not the wife. Or your attempts to QUIT will never stick.

    • Yes for sure, i just figured something good is going on. My scalp would tingle, My larynx got stronger too. In the case of tobacco I found…. I didn’t know what i lost until i got it back!
      I think chemicals in dip amount to a stress reaction, after abstaining a bit it felt like i was changing gears so to speak. Calmer and stronger heart rhythm. And i lack a sense of numbness that i was there before i quit.
      Thats the part i think kept me using tobacco. I was proud to limit my chewing to after work or dinner. Im sure it helped but really it was part of the game addicts play. It was affecting me too much, it had to go.

  15. Today is Day 4. I had some trouble getting my account to work but Chewy the admin fixed it. I have dipped Cope and later Red Seal for over 35 years, at least a can a day I just sort of got tired of it all i guess, but i never figured it would be this hard to quit. The fog, the craving…headaches…but there is some weird sort of satisfaction from all that too, like a workout maybe? I would have caved no question, already, if i had not found this site. It makes it easier, for me anyway, to read that everyone goes through the same thing and I’m not a wuss for going through all the withdrawl. I’m 56 years old and do NOT want to get some damn self-inflicted cancer. How stupid would THAT be? I have a great life, and a great wife, and I was literally spitting on it all…its just stupid. I shoulda kicked my cousin’s ass back in ’79 when he gave me that first dip. But onward now…i know it will be quite a battle, but with help from the people here I will stop. I quit with all of you today. That’s my promise.

    Thanks Chewy for getting me hooked up. LIke I said, I need this place!

    • Sorry I mispelled your name that many times

    • Hey buddy I turn 50 this weekend. My cousin got me started when I was 13 this time of year shelling corn. I wanted to let you know your story inspired me to let today be day 1 again to a snuff free life. I too have a great life and I don’t want to throw it away on a life of dipping. Thanks I need this place too.

  16. Today marks 161 days after I quit chewing…after 33 years of a can a day habit. Best decision I’ve ever made in my life. It wasn’t easy. There were days I felt like cheating “a little” while out on the golf course or playing softball. BUT, I held strong and I eat a ton of seeds. Still going strong! Now I need to kick the seed habit haha

    • Way to go Craig! I’m quit since June 3. Still think about it all the time. All I think about are the things I enjoyed about dipping. Was talking about that with a former Meth addict at work today. He called it romanticising. You forget about what a cruel mistress your drug of choice is and snuff is a real bitch. It controls your life, tells you what to do and when. I come to the site to remind myself of all the reasons I quit. When I read about the struggles of new quitters, I remember what a slave I was to that bitch and the romance is gone. Hang tough! Take back your

    • Thanks Craig for sharing you give me hope as I just started my first week without. I used for almost 20 years and my mouth is full of bumps and sores. So worried to see a dentist as my last visit about two month ago they did the UV test and said I was clean. Everything I’m reading from everyone’s experiences is this is normal but it sure has me worried a bit. The never ending mind games are fun. Without smokey mountain mint or wintergreen I don’t think I would be this far. Are there any home remedies to sores on tongue?

    • Craig, from what others have said, around day 200 your oral fixation dissipates.

  17. Wanted to say hello and thanks for everyone’s comments to help me keep going, I hit one year of tobacco free (since 10/2/2015), and couldn’t be happier. The cravings are far and inbetween now, you’ll get that frustrations that make you want to cave but it’s not worth it. Everyday is another step and reminder that you don’t want to end up at day 1 again. Shoot I have woken up from dreams pissed off at myself because I thought I had dipped but realizing it was just my mind playing tricks on me. I’ll admit the weight gain after quitting was depressing but I worked through it. Actually I have a new job that has a gym and started on a diet and been exercising 5x a week, I know if I were dipping I wouldn’t last very long on the elliptical and I surprised myself going for 40 minutes at a time now. My girlfriend is grateful that I quit, because quitting helped me get her, as when I dipped I avoided girls that smoked. Just a little backstory, I quit just shy of 10 years into it, so the ones that think they dipped too long to really quit, you can quit I am proof of it. And to top off my willpower, I still have my last can, half full sitting on my dashboard as a reminder… A reminder of what I have overcome, and the futures possibilities it has to offer. Good luck and God Bless.

    • Congrats Cory. I had to respond because I still have my last half full tin from 2 years ago. My wife always asked me “shouldn’t you throw it away so it won’t tempt you”? My response was if I’m not really committed I can just go to the gas station and get another tin. I keep that half tin as a victory reminder, sort of like a trophy.

  18. My last dip was 10/1/16 at 0330. I have decided I am worth it. I run my life, nothing else should ever have that power. I didn’t realize the magnitude of the power I had given tobacco. I am a weekend night shift security worker. Which means I have nothing to do, but sit for 12 hours and think about the demon. I picked up some Smokey Mountain snuff, which helps immensely with the oral fixation. However, the fog is a deafening silence. I can’t recall the last few days. I don’t remember anything about yesterday’s shift. I came home and passed out for 10 hours. Now, here I am back at work. I don’t remember showering or driving or my first two hours here. How can something/anything have that much control over me? Am I crazy? I don’t even feel like I exist, or maybe that is all I do. Just exist. I WON’T GIVE IN TIL I’M VICTORIOUS!

    • You are not crazy. The first few days are awful for the fog. It’s like your in a constant daze. Life seems fake. Nothing makes sense. The fog is awful! It will get better. There is light at the end of the tunnel. It won’t take weeks or months to feel better from where your at right now. Just give it a few days. It will pass. I quit with you today day 66

  19. Hey guys, first time here. Been quit 13 days.

  20. Day 66. Had a terrible day. I hope 67 is better. I sure do.

    • Doug, embrace the terrible and quit on.

      You will have many wonderful days and when you least expect it you will get the craves.

      I am at day 384 and I am getting bouts of anxiety again. Every 20 days or so I get a new set of craves.

      Make sure you eat 3 meals a day, you exercise and you keep the mentality that you are quit you do not wish to stay quit.

      I quit with you today.

  21. Today is day 400 for me. Kodiak was my choice for over 25 years. Never thought i would be able to do this but with the help of KTC and some fake dip nicotine is out of my body and my mind. I am not giving up these days. I quit with all of you
    Good luck

  22. First bout of cravings are hitting hard. People in live chat are giving me great support, I appreciate the encouragement!

  23. Time to commit, my first day off the can is tomorrow… Been going about a cab every two days for three years or so. Gonna need some help through this everyone!

  24. TODAY’s DEEP THOUGHT…. so much truth behind this story… read it… it is YOU.

    A Letter to an 18 Year Old Man Named Chris; For The Younger Quitters
    Hi Chris. I see you had your first dip last night with a bunch of new college friends. You got sick and wound up puking but I can tell you enjoyed the experience of doing something “cool” with the guys. You enjoyed that feeling of acceptance didn’t you?

    The problem is Chris you are predisposed to being a nicotine addict. Both your parents were smokers and although they quit when you were young, and you swore you would never smoke, that chew you’re putting in your lip is just as deadly and addictive.

    You may not have the urge to dip right now but day by day that desire will get stronger. Pretty soon, you will actually buy your first tin (instead of bumming a dip from a drunk friend). You will take it with you to the library so you can dip and study at the same time. You might only do this a couple of times a week to start but within a month you will be dipping on a daily basis.

    This may be hard to believe but by the end of your freshman year Chris, you will be dipping a tin every day and that buzz you love so much will be completely gone. You will have developed so many associations with dipping there will hardly be a minute that goes by where you don’t think about it – driving in the car, studying, watching TV, drinking, before bed, etc.

    When you go back home next summer, you will learn the art of hiding your addiction from your parents and family. You will “ninja dip” any chance you can get and you will begin to make those moments more common. You will start to pull back socially because you need that alone time to hide your ugly addiction.

    By your mid 20’s Chris, that social retreat manifests into full blown depression when you get your first job and begin living on your own. You will literally hole yourself up in a dark, dingy apartment for days at a time dipping non-stop. The fun-loving, successful, intelligent person you are now begins to actually self-destruct.

    Your only glimmer of hope is a successful, beautiful intelligent woman you eventually marry but you will hide your addiction for years from her too. You will attempt repeatedly to quit. You swear you will quit when your son is born. You dip one hour before he’s born but you throw a fatty in by day’s end. You swear he will never know about your addiction until that day when he’s 5 and he finds you sleeping on the couch. He’s holding the empty tin in his little hand saying “what’s this Daddy?” You lie to him.

    The good news is Chris you will eventually quit at age 40 but you will have spent in excess of $20,000 on your addiction. You also will have established some behavioral patterns that will be impossible to break. Every couple of months, you will battle some sort of depression. You still live a “double life” because it’s so normal. Your son will enjoy spending more time with his Mom because you were absent and dipping his first 6 years on earth. You will get lip and mouth sores on a regular basis and it will scare you. You will battle high blood pressure the rest of you life because of the damage done to your heart and blood vessels by the nicotene. You probably even have Alzheimer’s or dementia waiting for you down the road as well because of your addiction.

    The really sad part Chris is that I would love to tell you this while you are 18 years old after having your first dip but I know you won’t listen. The simple fact is that you are not mature enough to accept what I say. Advice from adults is not wanted or needed. You feel indestructible and invincible don’t you? Quite simply Chris, you are a fool!

    My hope is that this story scares the shit out of some of the younger people reading this on KTC. Someone mature enough to heed the warnings and accept the wisdom from those who want to help. It does not have to take life experiences to learn these lessons. You can learn from those who have made years of mistakes. It is absolutely possible to quit right now. You are at the site and talking with people who can dramatically change the course of your life. Follow the simple advice we preach and be a man of your word. We welcome you as a brother if you do and will do everything in our power to help you succeed.

    Lochi21 – Day 142
    (a.k.a. 40 year old Chris)

    • Slick,

      That about sums it up completely….very well said!!!

      I’m quickly approaching my one year mark (351 days) and I still fight every day….I’ve been fortunate that “the craves” have not been a huge part of my quit….unless they are disguised and show up in some other horrible form like dizziness or anxiety….just not sure.

      After 100 days I finally realized that this “clean transformation” is going to take a long fuckin time….so I stopped thinking about the healing process and when I’m going to be cured. I now realize there is no cure….my brain is re-wiring itself and I’m starting my life over as a “Nic free” person….so like an infant….everything is brand new….and sometimes that overwhelms my system….

      But as shitty as this horrible fuckin journey was….and continues to be…..I’m now living a “clean life” free of the poison that plagued me for 30 years….it may take another year or 2 or 3….doesn’t matter…..I WILL NEVER POISON MYSELF AGAIN GUARANTEED… is already 1,000,000 times better than it was before….can’t wait to see how great it gets in the future.

      So to continue on Slick’s story….if you just started or have been chewing for 40 years…..put that shit down….and start the journey to freedom!

    • WOW, that is DEEP!! Not really true for everyone. Well wtitten though, every human has a totem, all you have to do is figure out how to master it. 721 days, no dipping, chewing, or rubbing.

  25. Today is day 116 nicotine free. Thank you KTC for being here. 116 days ago I was experiencing symptoms that in my mind could not possibly be caused by nicotine. Anxiety, dizziness, extreme fatigue. They are pretty much gone now … it’s unbelievable what I was doing to myself.

    Proud to be quit with this community.

    • I’ve been quit for 16 days. This isn’t my first go around either. I hate the feeling that everything hurts or thinking you have cancer not in the mouth but somewhere else. All of this simply because your entire body is changing. And there are weird sensations that you aren’t used to. The fatigue and depression just adds to it. I haven’t had the craves, only the fatigue, depression and hypochondria. it’s a terrible feeling. My gallbladder and stomach aches. I have a doctors appt on Monday just in case. I just don’t have any desire to get up and enjoy the day.

  26. Haven’t had a dip since November of 2014. Still get cravings from time to time just have to learn to block them out. You just have to stay strong.

    • I agree. I just hit the one year mark and had serious craves right before my anniversary and I still get them. I do really that I have less time quit than you. I would note to others that I noticed that if I miss a meal or a workout that the craves creep up. If I make sure I workout regularly and make sure I eat 3 square meals a day it helps keep the craves away.

  27. One of the things most of us are concerned about is mouth, tongue and esophageal cancer. I just read this article posted by the Ravens in response to one of their defensive coaches passing away this weekend due to esophageal cancer. Good read. This gives us another reason to quit tobacco and to quit using processed foods as well.

    Quit today.

  28. I am on my 2nd full day of quitting. This sucks!!! I am not looking forward to tomorrow, or even trying to go to sleep tonight. Hopefully this will get better soon.

  29. Today is day 2 and I’m going insane. I was a 1can/day for 20 years. Tried the Smokey Mountain today, not so bad. Need to find something that doesn’t hurt my jaw so bad. Gum hurts!

    • A can per day, for 20yrs! Holy Mackerel. My system simply cannot handle the toxic compounds in Tobacco. Im talking like 2 dips in a day. Ive been doing it off and on for 20yrs, more off thank goodness. I remember 3/4 tin days in HS, but this shat knocks me out! After researching whats in chew im still craving occasionally but I know it affects my system harder than most people. Its just not worth it. Aceatone? Ammonia? Just insane. What i think is because my tests show LOW cholesterol levels i have less defensive chemicals available, so no wonder this and other stuff like “Air Freshner” products drive me nuts, and in the case of tobacco, it sends me down for the count, i kid you not. 2-3 chews or smokes in a day and im numb, 1/2 out of it. IT just plain Hurts! My head pounds.

    • I’m on day as well..after 20years..Can a day as’s a bitch. Cold turkey. Lollipops and gum is my go to. Went to an oral surgeon Thursday since I had a whit patch on the side of my tongue. We wants to cut out the spot on my tongue if it’s still there in a month. Hang in there….I know the feeling. Feel like I need to go for a walk or something. Lots of nervous energy built up and don’t know what to do with…wierd and it’s after midnight

      • JP
        I am on day 73 of my quit. It will be just fine.
        The white patch (Leukoplakia) will go away before your next appointment if you avoid tobacco.
        And even if it doesn’t he will remove it. Not a big deal. Don’t think about it.
        Think about being free from the addiction.
        Good luck

      • My dad started to get a white patch as well. If you can’t quit immediately, the doctors advise was to start dipping in different areas. Apparently if you put it in the same place, the leukoplakia will grow fasted in that area. Hope that helps. Good Luck!

    • Chris, I am on day 2 also. I have idea how I will get through this. After a weekend stay in the hospital for a heart condition, I decided it was time to clean up my lifestyle. First thing on the list is tobacco use. I am 43 years old and have been a two can a day user. If I can quit dip it will be a major hurdle. I love and hate the stuff.

    • Congratulations on making it to day 2. That was 4 days ago. One can a day for 20 years and quitting cold turkey. That is tough. I was similar but ashamed to say I had been doing that for close to 40 years. I was able to do it. Drink plenty of Orange or Fruit Juice. Your brain produces sugar when you dip. The sugar in the fruit juice helps replace those sugars. Exercise to fight the jitters. Eat plenty of food as being hungry can produce tension and make it worse. Rest as much as you can. I was catatonic my first three days and just rolled up in bed and slept.

      We all have different reactions to our first days of quit.

      The most important part of your quit is your attitude. If you say I wish I quit then you have not properly committed.

      If you say, I have quit and will never return. That level of thought and commitment will ensure your success.

      I quit with you today.

    • Hang in there you can do it, it will get easier and promise it will be so worth it.I was three cans a day for 24 years. I quit 12-27-15, never felt better

    • Keep it up, I was also Can/Day for 20 years and now I’m on Day 55. Suck on Starlight Mints and drink Green Tea.

  30. Man pick a day and just walk away from it. Cold turkey is the best way. It will suck hard for a good while but I promise it gets easier. Day 220

  31. I was chewing Cope wintergreen for a few years. I at one point would chew a can to a can and a half a day. Well I decided I was going to cut back and ultimately quit. Since I’ve made the decision I went back to chewing cope fine and Redman when I wanted something sweet. Well its been about a month and half since I cut back. I’m now at a can lasting me almost two full days. The cravings are getting less intense and my triggers aren’t as strong. Even my bottom lip is smooth again. (It was all tore up)

    But now all of a sudden, my jaw is starting to hurt. Especially my left cheek bone.I also have a little pinching feeling along my collarbone. I’m starting to get paranoid. Been chewing fairly heavy for 16 years. Now I’m feeling myself becoming slightly less Dependent and these issues pop up :/ I’m a heavy soda drinker. (20oz a day roughly.) I’m hoping maybe it’s just a sore tooth or something

    • Man up, put it down, & walk away. Then go get a checkup to relieve yourself. Be happy when it’s nothing serious. Then smile & stay quit. The only real option.

    • After 30 years I am off Copenhagen for 107 days. I know what you mean. My right jaw has been killing me at the joint. Can’t even close my mouth. I was like you paranoid. I went to the dentist and MD last week. Consensus from both was that I was grinding my teeth and it was just sore muscles (maybe the stress of quiting).

      Anyway…good luck with the quit. I never thought I could be free of that beast but here I am. Beware the “3s”. You are likely to give up at 3 days, 3 weeks and 3
      Months!!! I was rocking along and thought I beat it, but at 3 months out of no where the cravings came back. I held strong, but was shocked they came back.

      • I agree with the 3’s issues. I had the same cravings 20 days into it. I am on 73 day now. Thank god for gum and fake chew. I hope there is an end to cravings some day. I have to read up on that deal they call “Shut the door” here.

      • Dude it’s totally from bringing your teeth and anxiety it will go away. Same thing happened to me when I quite.

      • 3 weeks for me today and yes it send the cravings are kinda bad today for some reason.U hope and pray everybody gets off the nic wagon..

  32. Yep, day 51. $331.50 saved. There are moments my friends. They don’t last quite as long, but they still come around. During these moments I sure miss my dip.

  33. Today is day 100 for me, although I never joined the forum i read every article i could on here. It has helped me a TON and i am very grateful. To the next 100.

  34. Day 115 here. This shout out goes to Brown71! Keep on quittin!

  35. Couldn’t have said it better buddy! Who knew freedom would be such hell?

  36. I have tried to quit several times in the past. I went to basic training for the army back in 2005. For 9 weeks I could not have a dip. I found that they had kept me busy throughout the day. This kept my mind off it. As soon as I left the training, I went straight for the can. Here it is 2016 and I am worst than I was. I tried to stop and made it three days before crawling back to the green can of death. I feel tired all the time. When I wake up in the morning, I feel good until I have that first dip. I have a bag of BIGS sunflowers in my car now along with one more unopened can of chew. I have been chewing for 25 years. I can’t do the taper down method because I also seem to chew more. I feel like a little bitch because I allow myself to be controlled by a leaf. I hope this forum will help me to write how I am feeling and get good feedback. Maybe this will help. Any suggestions for someone that has not started yet?

    • Steve buy the fake stuff to get you through the initial urges. As soon as you get some days under your belt take pride in them and dont give them away. i dipped kodiak for 25 years plus and I am on day 382 and thats how i started my quit. Oh and by the way throw that last can away. You can do it as it literally can be a life or death decision.

    • Hi Steve,

      Today is my 100th day of being nicotine free. Reading your post brings me right back to the beginning. Tired was an understatement. I would sleep for ten hours and wake up feeling as though I had not slept at all. I have a long way to go and I know that but I have a quit that I treasure.

      As far as suggestions go I can offer these (I hope the links work it is the first time I have tried pasting in a reply):
      1) Decide to quit. This is the first thing. Cold turkey is the only way and you must want it or it will not work.
      2) Register on this site and find your quit group. If you do it now you would be in the December 2016 ( group and its pretty cool that you can still make a commitment to hit 100 days in 2016!
      3) Write an introduction here ( and tell some of your story.
      4) Watch this video here ( to learn how to post roll daily from a pc.

      You found a place that has the strongest weapon against nicotine there is other than the immediate threat of death and that is community with people who know what you are going through, who have been through and are going through it with you. And something amazing happens when you join a group of people and make a daily promise not to use nicotine. Your quit becomes precious, something you will not easily give away.

      Finally send me a PM (Kmgrizz) and I will be there to help if I can every day. I will show up in your quit group like FISHFLORIDA did for me and especially on your 100th day to sing your praises.

      This is serious stuff and we have a strong team here.

    • Steve,
      You said it yourself, man up and quit being a little bitch. you need to quit this snuff shit immediately, COLD TURKEY and one day at a time. Read up on this site, join a quit group and stop the madness.
      @Sigman45 364 days quit

    • Steve I just turned 30 Sunday and dipped for 12 years straight I feel like holy dog shit. Just put it down and keep this little four letter word in your head FIDO Fuck it and drive on. Everyday you don’t want to let yourself down. I’m in the fight with you too brother

    • Steve, I suggest that you take that one unopened can of chew, open it up, and dump it in the toilet. Yesterday was a good day to start. Today is even better. 20 years of addiction speaking here. Day 39

  37. Today I celebrate day 300 being nicotine free! Simply put, FREEDOM! The road has been long and arduous. If I wrote on this forum that I went through this with ease, I’d be lying to you! The turmoil, guilt, anxiety, pain, fatigue, confusion, fog, poor appetite, fear, uncertainty, regret; I have WALKED through it all! THERE IS NO EASY WAY THROUGH THIS! You will suffer; you will have rough days, even weeks of hell! You will want to quit and go back to using; you will find yourself in self-pity and despair; you will, at first, hate yourself for putting you through this; you may find yourself crying like a bitch for no reason; you feel alone in this fight! News flash: YOU ARE ALONE! You must do this for yourself and no other reason! Your MISERY and WRETCHEDNESS is no ones fault! Stay the course and reap the rewards of a new you that will be healthier and stronger than you have ever been! Like anything worth obtaining, it takes time. You got this! Trust me, if I can do this, so can YOU! Stay FREE!

  38. Day 36 and still having cheek numbness and tingling. Anyone else ever have this..still freaking out over it..

    • I’m wondering the same thing. I am only on day 8 but my throat sometimes feels like it might close in me. If I stay busy, chew gum, or keep drinking something it’s fine. I don’t have issues swallowing. I went to the dentist to get my tongue checked out and he said I looked just fine. The throat concerns me though. As far as the tingling, I obviously still have a lot of that going on.

    • Hey brother it’s okay it’s just kind of a tick some of us have to try and get our fix brother. Great job already though brother

    • It’s the withdrawals the ph level in your mouth is working at recalibrating itself. I’d give it a while. I had every weird withdrawal when I quite.

  39. I’m on day 30 of my quit after a 30 year Cope habit and it feels like day one! Swollen glands, headaches, dry mouth, fatigued and tired…. People say they exercise to help get thru this, but I have trouble getting out of bed, let alone go for a run or a bike ride! I feel like crying! This is horrible!

    • Chris, it is all NORMAL… get on the forums.. read, read and read some more until your eyes bleed and your motivation to kick this nasty habit that OWNED your ass for so long goes away. You can do it… do not give in to your brain fighting you.. you are master of your domain. get some fake Smokey Mnt Chew.. trick your brain and get up and stay busy.

    • Hang in there it gets better I’m on day 87 after a 27 year cope habit. Still have days where I want it but it gets better everyday

  40. I’m sorry to hear that man. You’re at the right place for support getting through the suck. Day 211. We all quit right beside you.

    • Day 130 and why do I feel like it’s day 1.. I figured by now it would be a breeze.. I still have never figured out how to post roll or post on any forum

      • Randy… it is day 104 and I know exactly what you are feeling because I am going thru it right now.. I ran to wal-mart like my ass was on fire and bought me 2 can of Smokey Mountain Wintergreen herbal snuff…. it saved my ass today… I dunno what it was but a huge trigger got pushed today and I am not throwing 104 days of QUIT away for a weed that ran my life for the past 25 years

      • I had the same problem Randy, I trie registering @ the forums & it just wouldn’t work. Don’t sweat it, just post here. Being into triple digits, your effects are all mental bro. Get something to occupy your time, candy, fake dip, a pretty lady, whatever it takes. You got this bro.

  41. I’m a recent college grad who has (had) a casual dipping habit. More situationally, as in driving or doing work on the computer. During college though, to study for hours at a time I would go through almost a whole can in a night, or at least every couple days. This happened frequently, and I thought that just doing it in college wouldn’t have too many long term effects. Well today, go into the dentist, and after an uncomfortable amount of digging and scraping, she tells me I have periodontal gum disease. “Like diabetes or high blood pressure.” Its incurable, I’ll now have to see the dentist every three months and brush the hell out of my teeth every day to avoid gum graft or laser surgery ($6,000), because now there is gum and bone-eating bacteria stuck deep in gums forever.. Day 1, I can get through this, but don’t let this be you, or somebody who gets even worse news. Don’t let this disgusting shit rot your entire mouth out one day at a time.

  42. Day 202 for me and I just wanted to stop in and say hi. It does get easier for you guys just quitting. I still think about that awesome grizzly wintergreen every now and then but I don’t have the cravings. It honestly feels like ten lifetimes ago that I was so addicted to something that it controlled my every waking moment.

    Hang in there guys. If I can do it anyone can. Remember to win today and worry about tomorrow when it comes. Don’t look ahead. Just win today

  43. Working on day 7 today for sure the hardest thing ive done dry mouth and being a cranky asshole i carry an unopenned tin with me just so i can have the satisfaction of ME telling me no

    • Hey man you’re doing great! If you need help with the dry mouth problem, try trident gum. I used that and it makes your mouth feel amazing. The cranky ass hole part well that comes in time haha

    • Congrats on day 7 Charles. You should go ahead and open that tin, walk over to the toilet, and dump it out. I tried that method, and looking back at it, the only true reason I kept that can with me was in case I needed it.

    • get rid of the unopened can… you will give in and cave if it is in your pocket and your triggers are hit. trust me…. get rid of all chew if you are serious about quiting.

    • Keep pushing one day at a time if I can make 87 days anyone can. Just shoot for small goals. Day 7 let make it to day 8.. day 8 let make it to day 9

  44. Day 49 here still tough, but getting somewhat easier.still having mind, focus,issues,when will this go away

    • It’s day 901 free from dip for me.

      It never goes away.. It gets easier with time. It’s always going to be tough… Hell, I had to talk myself out of buying a can two days ago. Stick with it though because your parents, your wife, your kids will thank you later.

  45. Sunday morning. Day 40. Cold turkey. Little voice telling me how much better my coffee would be with a dip. Skoal. After 40 years, I suppose it’s gonna take a bit longer than 40 days. This really sucks.

    • Same here…day 81. I’ll hang in if you will.

    • Doug – I am on day 191 and I was a 20 year Skoal user. The only thing I can tell you is that little voice gets quieter and quieter over time. To the point I don’t hear that voice any more. Feeling much better than I was 200 days ago. Yes it sucks and no it is not easy. If it were easy there would be no need for this website – the only thing that really kept me going.

  46. Well on day 31 today. I have to say the biggest struggle for me has been the mental struggles and issues. I like a few of you was convinced after I quit that I had cancer(still struggling with this). I went to the dentist, regular dr, and ENT. Everything came back normal except a enlarged tonsil. On Monday I had the tonsils removed, all came back clear.

    My point is anything that makes you feel this crazy by quitting has to be horrible stuff. I chewed for 5 years never more than a can a day, and I am constantly anxious and losing my mind. For those who go back and forth on quitting just do it. It’s not easy and that why you should quit. If it was easy to quit it probably wouldn’t be so bad for you.

  47. Currently 40 hours in. By far the longest I’ve ever gone. The biggest hurdle for me is the mental side. I have some small white patches on my chew side. My mind keeps trying to tell me it’s already the big C so the damage is done, why not just keep chewing and save myself the side effects too? Still holding out strong thus far though.

    • It’s most likely not cancer. You should however schedule yourself a doctors appointment. Good job on 40 though, I’m on day 69, and it is an up and down battle for sure.

    • Hi Drew. Glad you’re here. We understand. Whether you know it or not you are making a hugely awesome decision you are going to be very happy with in the future. I am on day 89.

      I quit with you today.

    • Drew, dying from Cancer is not by any means “Fast”…. it is a slow, painful, horror show that you and your family will have a front seat to if you do not quit now. Nothing is more important than your health.

  48. Hello all … this is day 87 for me. Last week was pretty rough with lots of anxiety and even some of that strong fatigue I experienced early on. This is when the true strength of KTC showed itself to me. I am in the fog (learned all about that here), I am not alone (I was until I found this site), with each passing day and each kept promise I am getting better (pretty much the same experience everyone seems to have when they quit and I learned that here too). I feel fantastic today. Best decision ever. Thank you!

    • I understand what you’re saying. I am on day 67 and had never experienced the fog until last week. The entire week I was completely exhausted and could not figure out why. I had strong cravings the entire week and had never before experienced the fogginess, so I thought I was getting sick. What an odd feeling.

  49. You came to the right place if it’s help you’re looking for. Look me up or send me a private message on your first quit day!

  50. On day 4 now everything hurts and I have no strength. I’ve been chewing Copenhagen for 7 years at 2 cans a day and I’m 23 is this a normal feeling?

  51. How long have you been quit?
    366 Days Free
    How much have you saved?
    $1098.00 Saved

    Best decision ever. I quit with all of you. If i can you can

    • Awesome, congrats Russell.

    • Very nice Russell congrats on the year milestone keep the course!

      Approaching 100 days here. Best decision I have every made too.

    • This will sound lame because I’m dipping as I type this reply. I’m an Army pilot currently deployed and my quit date is the day I’m leaving here, September 3rd. This is going to be tough for me, as dipping has been my thing for the last 16 years in the Army. It’s seriously part of my personal “checklist” in the cockpit. It excites me to buckle in that seat, turn the battery switch to on, put a dip in and get the engines going and smell that jet fuel burning. I’ll need some help with this giant leap I’m about to take.

      • I have been a police officer for 17 years….with me it was put on the uniform, jump in the squad car, put in a dip and hit the streets. It really was my checklist also. Other than my duty weapon having enough chew for the shift was my second most important question to answer. I have been chew free now for 386 days now. You just have find something to take its place. Mine was blow pops but after a few weeks I didn’t even want them anymore. Good luck and remember… can

        • Thanks Travis, you obviously can definitley relate to what I’m saying. I started cutting back today, countered it with sunflower seeds and kept a spit bottle with me. Did you ever use the nicotine gum?

          • I used the patch for the first day and then decided to see how long I could go without that. It became a personal contest for me to go just one more day. I ended up throwing the rest away and going cold turkey. For me I just decided to get the withdrawals over with from the get go instead of dragging it out. Not that I think there is anything wrong with him or patches…..just depends on what helps you quit.

      • I too had these certain traditions with dipping that seemed to keep the bonds of addiction almost personal until I learned why these emotions existed. The nicotine gets in the way of your endorphin receptors and prevents your brain from releasing the natural endorphins which is what makes us associate good feelings and times we have. If you dipped the first time you got in the cockpit, the dip is making you think that its the key that is giving you that rush. IT’S NOT! That is the nicotine only allowing your brain to release these great feelings when you take that dip. If you quit, you will have to go through your brain screaming at you for a dip so it can release these chemicals to make you feel good, but if you stick with it long enough, you will find that the brain will start working like it should again, and those rushes and excited emotions you get will not only be back with you, but they will be stronger and better than ever. I am on day 264 and am telling you this because when I learned how did was deceiving my brain’s activity from working right, this is one of the key factors that lead me to quit and to stick with it. Hope it helps you too.

    • 82 days $410 also best decision ever

  52. A very good point about seeing a doctor prior to quitting. That little lesson cost me 5 g’s when I had chest pain & it turned out to be an anxiety attack, spent 2 days in the hospital. I had been quit for over 6 months when I had mine. Never caved, feeling great, but it is not easy, no doubt.

  53. On my first day of another attempt in quitting. I really need this time to stick!! I’ve quit for 3 months, and about 2 months before. What brought me back to the can is the panic attacks. I will get to the point were I feel no need to chew or any withdraws, but I will get daily panic attacks were I just feel like I’m going to die. The feeling is horrible. Has anyone else experienced this?

    P.S. this is a great site and very inspiring to see all the people that have beat this addiction.

    • Yeah, I had something that felt like panic attacks for about a week. Just keep pushing through and will get so much better. I’m at day 116 and not looking back.

    • Zachary I am on day 82 and I am going through the same thing right now (and I mean like today … this very moment). High anxiety, feeling like I am going to absolutely jump out of my skin. I have had several two to three day spells of this since I quit. All of the reading I have done here leaves me to believe that this is all part of the process especially for someone like me who dipped over a can a day for a decade. Read GRIZZYMINT’s reply below as he has nailed it.

      “Quit because you want too and you’re PISSED OFF AT NICOTINE!”

      Then join a quit group, make connections, and come here when the going gets tough. We are real men and women fighting a real monster. KTC is an extremely strong weapon in the fight.

      Go see your doctor and tell him what you plan to do. It was only when I told my doctor the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth that I started to see that nicotine was hurting me in so many different ways. He can also help with panic attacks.

      • Day 23 here. Been to the ENT twice. On anxiety pills. Getting tonsils taken out Monday for good measure. Stay strong brother!

    • Zachary…yes, yes bro…sure have..and i never had one til i quit…this was 2 yrs ago, quit for 125 days….ears started ringing then panic attacks… if my wife read this she would say…’re gonna be fine! Bro listen…i’m at day 10 now and have all kinds of little issues from this shit… but i’m going thru the brick wall and kicking this once and for all… look at all the shit the can does to people! its a killer bro…. and you’re gonna be totally need help i’ll give ya my digits…cuz you nailed it bro.. the pain associated with quitting can sometimes make you feel like f it… i’ll gamble..i felt better chewing…wrong ass thought bro….will get thru…and have energy like no other…

      • Thanks guys for the support. The support really helps, and it’s nice to see its not a problem with me, its an effect from the nicotine withdraw. Feeling confident this time is the last time.

  54. Day 364. I will not dip today!!!! Sniffing one year and as anything else its not easy. I quit on a leap year so i need 366 for the anniversary.

  55. Cold turkey buddy! No other way. Slowing down you’re just delaying the inevitable. The quicker you get that poison out of your body the better! 20+ year can a day dipper. Closing in on 200 days, best decision I’ve made. Don’t quit because you found sores and you’re scared. Quit because you want too and you’re PISSED OFF AT NICOTINE! That’s the attitude you have to have. Stop now and don’t ever second guess it. Good luck brofessor!

  56. Hey guys been pondering the idea of quitting for some time now, been dipping for 3 years at atliest one can a day, latley been noticing several soars in my lip and gum, and stomache pain as I swallow the juices, would like to know what worked best, quiting cold turkey or slowing down and eventually stopping, thanks guys!

  57. It has been 366 days for me and I feel great about where I am but I know that it is a constant battle out there. I think once I got past day 100 I really felt I could do this thing. For all you guys that are out there and having second thoughts…don’t! It will be the best decision of your life and so well worth it!

  58. I am on Day 81. I quit June 5th and around the week of July 4thI went through several days where I felt like I was on a strong stimulant. Unable to focus, rapid heartbeat … just … off and wired. I am going through it again right now. But it seems that this is to be expected in this 70-90 day range. I am so thankful for this site, for my quit group, and for the clear determination I have to stay nicotine free.

  59. Hang tough, sir. I’m day 75 on quit. Feels great but you have to go through a couple weeks of detox… here and there. It’s one day at a time and some of those tough days it’s one 15 minute segment of time at a time! You can do it. Just remember that your worst craving WILL PASS. It always does. You just have to outlast it

  60. 25 year habit @ 2.5 cans a day and I’m through. Tossed them all in the garbage this morning. I feel pretty good about this. I seriously doubt I feel that great about it in about 3 hours though.

    • Spoiler alert – you won’t.

      That being said, keep on fighting. You’ve made the right decision. It won’t be pretty but the freedom you’ll attain is 100% worth it.

  61. Only at the end of day 2 and man. Didn’t realize how challenging it would be. During the day it’s not bad since I’m got so much to do but once I get home and plump myself on that couch I then start telling myself to run out and grab a tin. I need to quit though. I’ve only done it for a year now but I keep telling myself I’ll quit and I last a week max. I’ve been wanting to quit and I know I can. I just need to stop talking about it and stick to it.


  62. I’m almost through day two of no Copenhagen. I’ve got headaches dizziness and irritability. I am also a woman so I’m wondering if withdrawals are any different in men and women. Ive been dipping for about 4 years this time around. Is cold turkey always the best way to go?
    It’s how I quit smoking but this is way worse.

  63. Hey yall,
    Glad I found this page! I’m 28 years old and a Mama! I’ve been dipping since I was about 16. I’ve always dipped Grizzly and usually dip about 1-2 cans a day…I love it, but I hate it. Only quit once cold turkey when I was pregnant with my first and that lasted about 2 months…then I hit a deer. I want to quit sooo bad. I’ve come close, like from a few hours without to a day, but my withdrawals are scary. I get really angry with a short temper, shakes, all of it. It’s bad…I’d appreciate any words of advice because I’m so ready to not have this taking over my life anymore…thanks yall!

    • I saw that you have posted on Dec 16. Glad you did, it will be the best thing that you could do for yourself. Quit on mama!!

  64. I am 34 currently on day 60, chewed regularly for 18 years. I have noticed an increase in my blood pressure since I quit. I am guessing that has happened due to no longer having a stress crutch or coping mechanism. Has anyone else ever had this issue?

    • Yes, I’m on day 89 and my blood prrssure high.Never had high blood preasure till i quit.I beleave it is from anxiety,wich I also never had till my quiting dip.

    • Hi Paul,yes my blood pressure is up too since I quit dipping.I will be 50 on the 28th of this month,never had high blood pressure.

    • I’m on Day 314 of this awful journey…..went to the dentist about a month ago….and my blood pressure registered high….it’s always been spot on before I quit. I’m also guessing it’s the “anxiety”…..and over time this too will regulate as we learn to deal with stressors and anxiety without the NIC POISON killing our brains.

      Either way….a NIC free life is our goal…..I can handle a few bumps in the road to FREEDOM!

      Keep up the good fight!

  65. 53 years old. Started dipping at age 12. Currently 28 days completely nicotine free. Cold turkey, no NRT or meds. It hurts

  66. Hey guys. I’m proud of you all. This is a great forum.
    Been chewin 38 years. I swore if Copenhagen ever got to a buck a can I’d quit.

    Went a month once from Thanksgiving to Christmas and my wife had me a ten can roll under the tree.

    I quit the can but not the nicotine. Hell, I was buying those little cigarillo things – then pipe tobacco – then cigarettes.

    I’m one of those guys whose can will last about 5 days. Small pinch of long cut cope and never spit. Been that way since I was 15. I could chew in church and my mom never knew.

    Guess what? At 9am tomorrow morning will be one week.

    I woke up and decided to quit. I had that last dip with my coffee and said goodbye old friend. I have an unopened can in my truck. I’m keeping it. It’s got a date on the back. I think I’ll pick it up on its “best if used by” date and smile.

    Here’s the thing guys. You have got to want to do it. This time it’s the easiest week because I actually want to quit. I keep reaching for my can in my back left pocket. But aside from that I’m doing pretty darn good. I want to quit and I’m going to!

    Listen, if I can do it anyone can. I know it’s not been quite a week yet but I quit the minute I made up my mind to.


    Again, great forum.
    Oh yeah, I’ve got that whole “tingly/chapped” feeling in my mouth too. Catch myself grinding my teet some to.

  67. I havent been dipping long, like maybe less then 6 nonths. I felt my gums and they are kinda swollen. What does that mean? I used mouth wash and hydrogen peroxide to wash my mouth out. What else do i do to get the swelling down?

  68. Christine_In_Florida

    I’m posting for my husband. It’s day 139 for him after quitting cold turkey on his 50th birthday. He has dipped since age 18 and tried quitting several times over the years but could never make it past a week or so. Even at day 139 he still craves it and thinks maybe one dip wouldn’t hurt once in a while but instead he chews bubble gum constantly to ease the tingling sensation in his teeth and gums. By the way, his teeth look so much whiter since quitting. I’m really proud of him!

  69. After 43 yrs of torturing my body with nic, I am now starting day 4 100% nic free

  70. Been dipping for 3 years and its been affecting my relationships. It affects them because im ashamed of it and dont like doing it around people. I’ve been wanting to quit but when i go a few days without it i get all angry and anxious

  71. I am 34. Been dipping pretty much since I was 18. Have tried to quit before and would be successful for a month or two. But now I am ready to be completely done. But it’s a big time struggle. Especially in construction industry. Need as much encouragement as I can get.
    Good job for those who have quit. And good luck for those trying.

  72. Day 358. Went striper fishing off of montauk and had 2 teaza’s. Didn’t miss the dip. It does get better! much better!!
    I quit with all of you.

  73. Day 56, having a mad craving at the moment.

  74. Just dropping by to share something, I recently stumbled on some fake chew called Grinds. I am well into my quit as today is day 259 but sometimes I have dip dreams and I still crave hard every once in a while, and I can honestly say this fake dip has helped so much, it feels so much like the real chew… Like my drug of choice (Grizzly wintergreen) That I no longer think about the Grizz bitch. Hopefully this can help someone else out there, oh and I also am wondering if anyone else has craved kind of hard into days 200 and beyond? QUIT ON!!!

    • Be careful with Grinds or other coffee products. Used it less than 24 hours and quit producing saliva. Is a painful situation

    • Hi Matt, I got some terrible craves at 240, 260, 280, 300, 320. I am at 341. The craves come, I recognize them, they are an annoyance, I turn my mind to other thoughts and I move on. But yes, they craves always seem to be right around the corner ready to attack. Do not let your guard down.

      I quit with you today.

    • I’m a huge fan of Grinds. If you like coffee it’s a great product. If not, may not be for you.

      • Chewie, do you notice you crash at the end of the day from caffeine in it?

        • Hey Matt – I can’t say that I do, but I drink a couple of cups of coffee every afternoon (after two in the morning). Also in the interest of full disclosure, I didn’t use Grinds when I first quit and was first going through withdrawal so I’m probably not the best person to ask.

          I will say this – there is a very strong link between nicotine and caffeine early in your quit so it wouldn’t surprise me if you’re feeling that crash. Check out this article for some more details.

          • Thanks for answering the question for me Chewie, I am sensitive to Caffeine a little bit 🙂 I’m on day 266 so I am pretty deep in the game now.. But I think that sensitivity is what is causing me to crash hard. Either way, glad it got me through a tough few days and now I am back to feeling good again.

    • The lord tells us not to judge. As dippers we judge and we are denial. We say things like well i dont do drugs. And looked down on people that has used drugs. Well guess what have someone take your can away and go a week whithout how do you feel
      We. are users of a different drug that comes in a round can

    • I’ll be im not quitting. I will rejoin. After i get out of the hospital. Major operation coming monday

  75. I’m reading the what to expect page
    and i’m definitely familiar with the first 30-45 days of withdrawal..tried multiple times…i’m currently 4 or 5 days into this one but am using patches
    does that mean I am essentially not starting any of these withdrawal stages based on the fact that there’s still nicotine in my system technically from the patch?

  76. I’ve been dipping since I was 13, I am 23 now (minus the 9 months I was pregnant). I want to quit but I feel like I can’t I’m struggling with this so much. Does. Anyone have tips?

    • Melissa, just decide in your mind that you are quitting and that is that. Do not dwell on the quit. That makes it worse. Instead, focus on everything else in your life beside that. Change your focus and be firm in your decision. As Nike says, just do it.

      I quit with you today.

  77. My name is mike. Im a dip alcoholic. I need to quit dipping. .i dip 15 or more cans in 5 days. Its like something nagging me to quit
    From the inside

    • This is the place to do it make

    • Mike – that is some serious nicotine uptake. I think it is time for you to quit as well. all of us have done it and are doing it every day here. join us brother

      • I am ive got it in my head to quit. You dont think about skoal being like a drug. Buy when havent had any skoal for 5 thinl anout the people thats on drugs and when they come down. My drug is dipping skoal. You feel moody not in a good mood. Hateful. I cant describe the feeling

    • Mike it sounds like your body is trying to tell you it’s time to quit.
      Today is my 100th day off Copenhagen. I was up to 3 cans a day and dipped for more than 40 years
      I pretty much had the same feelings as you which led me to quitting.

    • Mike, I am 60, been using tobacco since 6th grade and finally quit last year. I am at day 340. You can do this. Just resolve to quit, quit and don’t look back. It seems impossible that you can quit this but it is possible. I am proof. This site with all its quitters is proof. Now quit messing around and quit.

      I quit with you today.

    • Mike, I found a legit hypnotist. Just sat there and listened to him for an hour. It made it so much easier.

  78. Day 3 of my quit. Teeth feel like they are going to jump out of my face, numb face and sore throat/ jaw. Anyone else have all of these?

  79. Day 146 today, I gotta say it’s getting a bit easier. I know some people on here have said days 140-160 were tougher but so far so good. I quit with all of you today.

  80. Does any one else feel like they chew the fake stuff more than they did the real stuff?
    I like it as a mental aid or whatever you want to call it but man does it tear up my gums/cheeks.
    Any one else have these problems?

  81. Just quit bro. Those are definitely not safe NOR smart alternatives. You’re any more addicted to nicotine than any of us were I promise. Just gotta Cowboy up and do it. It gets easier over time I promise. Grizzlymint Day 190 I promise no nicotine today!

  82. Ronald…i’m afraid it doesn’t work this way…. you gotta go cold turkey pal…

  83. Ok let me confess, I took a shitty dip in a force of crave @ day 49. I did it one time and no crave then after, it was like I did a biggest crime to myself. Now I will call it my day 2. Let me start from beginning though have taken once. Tough time!

  84. I’ve been chewing for 26 years. Really starting to notice pain in my jaw, gums Starting To Decay etc. No white marks or anything of that nature. But i know my gums are very unhealthy. I’ll never be able to just quit cold turkey. I have been able to cut back some however. But any tips on alternatives? I thought about chewing redman. Not sure if that’s as bad as Copenhagen. I’ve also noticed skoal snus curbs my craving. Again, doubt that’s a safe alternative. But those don’t have fiberglass as far as I’m aware.

    My goal is to cut back from a can a day, to a can every two days, then a can every 3 days etc. Until I can get to the point where I only crave it a few times a day. As of now, 2-3 hours max before the cravings get so bad I just want to break stuff. And once you quit. Do your gums heal much?

    • Ron get fake dip jakes mint or smokey mountain. You have to get the nicotine out of your body. Cutting back never works because you will get a trigger event like stress or booze and next thing you know you are dipping like a champ again. I used fake dip and still do and I am on day 356. Dipped Kodiak for over 25 years. You can do it but find a non nic crutch to lean on. Good luck it is very big deal dont put it off

    • Ronald, there is only one way to quit, and that is cold turkey. I was pretty close to you with 20 years at about a can and a half a day. I said that I would not be able to do cold turkey and I am currently on day 9 100% nic free. I have tried many other times…..cutting back, cutting down, Nicorette, patch. None of this works. It’s a life decision that you need to make for yourself, and nobody else. We are here if you want the support. I couldn’t do it without my quit brothers here at KTC.

    • You have to quit cold turkey! Period!

      Your gums will heal in that they won’t hurt but what’s lost is lost, it won’t grow back.

      Decide now to stop and do it, I chewed for 25 years just like you. All day everyday, it can be done!

    • Your gums will not grow back, they will heal and become normal in time. I haven’t had a chew for 3 months and I will never go back to it. I can’t believe I use to think I liked it. I didn’t lower my intake before I quit. I got some 4 mg nicotine pills and after a few weeks moved to 2 mg. now I chew on candy sometimes. I did t want to cut back on chew because if I had to be honest with myself I knew I would eventually have a bad day and there goes that I’ll be back to chewing my typical 3 cans a day. I originally started chewing to stop smoking and that was a huge mistake. The ENT Doctor told me to stop or I would likely get cancer. I have older teenagers and can’t stand the thought of not being around in the future. Last thing is I no longer stay awake sometimes at night worrying about a soar in the mouth or my guns hurting. Just stop. Trust me in a couple months you’ll be so glad you did.

  85. Day 756 ,2 cans a day for 10 years plus cigs before that. trust me it gets a whole lot better. I sounded just like that. Freaking out about everything only to find it was in my head. Every piece of info this site has helped me relax knowing others have gone through it. Keep telling yourself you want it and make it happen. Don’t give in!!!

  86. It will be a week for me tomorrow. I have quit before and lasted 6 months. This time has definitely been a challenge. I have an amazing little girl starting school for the first time in one week and I WILL be around for all of life. Chew will not get a hold of me anymore. The fog is real though everyone. We can all do this!

  87. I’m at day 15. I have really no desire to chew, but I can’t stop freaking out. Started with a Cankar sore that healed, but now I have ear and neck pain and a weird feeling in my throat, not soar just weird. Did anyone else have this?

    • Yes I had the exact same symptoms. They eventually went away.

      • I agreed, I stop for three months. Every month of the 13th I celebrated. 24 yrs and I’m done I had those tripping symptoms but it take times. Important eat healthy, brush ur teeth a lot,and exercise

    • I have the same thing. Kind of like flem is just constantly there. A little bit of a scratchy voice but that’s it

    • You will be fine man I went thru the same thing. I even went to an ENT to get an oral cancer screening. Everything came back fine. Maybe you should schedule one just to get piece of mind.

      • Went to ENT today. Everything was good except one of my tonsils is bigger than the other. ENT said it could be normal, but wants to get it looked at. I have a CT Scan for next Friday. Trying not to freak out.

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