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  1. Just had my last pinch. i have been dipping for about 20 years and i realize it is time to give it up. Ihave two young daughters and the youngest asks me why i put the dirt in my mouth and i havent got an answer for her so I am done all wish me luck. Congrates to all of you whp has quit this scrwed up habit. I will post a a comment on my progression. All wish me luck. I am going to it hell.

    • Congrats on your decision. I dipped for about 30 years. You can do it. I quit 53 days ago and will not dip again. My grandson started going around spitting just like his “Pa”. That was it for me. Try not to think about it except how much money you will save, and what you can use it on. Every Monday I take the cost of 5 cans of dip (a week for me) and put that amount in my drawer. When I feel like having a dip, I just look at the money I saved. I am almost to $170.00.

    • Good job Scott. You are on the path most if us have taken. Your first goal is to make it 7 days. Which we are all pulling for you. Just focus on week one, before you know it you will be working on week two!

      After the first three days you will run into the mind games, stay focused, use fake stuff, seeds or my ital fixation was carrots.

      Have in there, we will check in with you daily

      Jeff
      Day 92

    • Scott, go get ‘em, brother! I dipped and chewed and smoked off and on for 25 years and finally realized I didn’t want to live enslaved to addiction and the nicotine trap. I’m on day 1051 & the first weeks were very tough and then I got in the groove and I haven’t looked back. It’s so worth it! Rely on your ktc brothers and sisters and you’ll make it. 1 day of Quit at a time.

    • way to go. me too had my last after lunch yeserday. 35 years of it for me. good luck.

    • Congrats!! One day at a time!!! I quit 143 days ago for the exact same reason

    • Stay strong, man! It gets easier! I was also around the 20 year mark, and quit due to my little girls. I didn’t want them to watch me kick the bucket over something I ultimately had control over.
      The first week or two weren’t very fun at all. In fact, I had a hard time thinking of the reasons I quit in the first place. My mind was foggy, and I wanted to strangle everyone that looked at me. Power through it. One of the guys on here told me ‘You might as well face it fact that you did this to yourself.’ That stuck with me, hopefully it will stick with you.

    • Scott,
      Great decision to quit! I dipped for 30 years, and I quit I’m here to tell ya if I can do it you can. Don’t dwell on how my days just wake up every morning and promise yourself ” I’m not dipping today” before you know it a week will have passed! Best of luck to you! You got this!!
      And like Steve stated, a bonus I think I’m up to almost 2k in savings.

      Hoffie
      207 days

    • Congratulations Scott. Keep it up. Use herbal chew, the patch. Whatever it takes.
      38 years here. 3 weeks in. More energy than ever. Totally worth the pain. It’s so painful, you don’t want to go thru it again.
      Keep leverage on yourself. Remember:
      A pound of discipline weighs far less than an ounce of regret

    • Great decision. Read the info here and chat when you like. It’s not easy but worth it. My quit is 65 days today

  2. Does this fog include slightly blurry vision? I’ve been off for 16 days and thought I was through the ‘fog’ but the past 2 days I’ve experienced some subtle differences in vision. Normal?

  3. Stopped on 11/5, three days before my 32nd birthday. I wanted to stop before I could say that I have dipped for more than half of my life. I’m wrapping up day 6 and feel like the last 2 days have been harder than the first couple. With the amount of healing that is happening, I’m not surprised with the amount of constant tingling in my lips, but does anyone have any suggestions to dull them down a bit

    • Sadly there’s nothing that will speed up your recovery with the possible exception of drinking lots of water to flush your system. But at this point your 6 days nicotine free so it’s 100% out of your body. Hang in there and keep fighting!

  4. To anyone interested, I used an app called Quit the Can to help reduce the number of dips I was having per day. I also limited to 10 or 15 minutes per dip. The app was about 5 dollars but I thought worth it. It had helped me compete with myself and reach small goals then move to larger goals.

    • IF it works great.. Guys thanks to all now day 8 and seems to be getting better. FAR from over but better.. Us the FUCK YOU tobacco you will not win ITS free SO far so good

  5. So i’ve got 7 days off dip. I’ve been vaping though to allow myself to cut back on the nicotine without putting the shit in my mouth. I was never able to cut back by dipping less so at least this is working for now. I plan on quitting vaping within the next week so I will actually be off the nicotine completely. I feel at least that I’ve broken the habit of dipping. I just don’t want to trade one source of nicotine for another. Feeling good about this though.

  6. day 4 for me all. I have been smoking and dipping since i was 16, and I’m 32 now. many years just cigs, but for the last 5 it’s been dip. 2 cans of grizzly a day and i work in an office. i was at the point where i was hiding in the bathroom for 15 minutes at a time. i have 2 kids and just don’t want to be a statistic. The pictures of mouth cancer are awful. I’d rather have lung cancer to be honest, but if I can avoid both then I’m all for it. Not doing any fake chew cause i hate them all and i’d rather kick the physical part as well, and no other nicotine products. If I don’t just get rid of nicotine in general then i’ll end up right back on the chew.

    I have had a rough day to be honest, but i refuse to break down. This past 4 days have been the hardest thing i’ve done in my life, but me joining the KTC site shows me that i’m really going for it this time. I can’t fall back and end up doing this again after another 5 years of chewing. I doubt i would even see another 5 years with the amount of nicotine and tar i put into my body when i’m on this stuff.

    i can use all the help i can get right now so feel free to post away.

    • Michael, I was just like you! I was slamming downs cans of Cope in my office bathroom for longer than I could tell you!!! Joined KTC, got into a quit and support group and here it is at 31 days now. Been free from Nic for a month. The first 3 days suck, and cravings really haven’t gone away for me yet. I see anything related to baseball or pass any gas station and I crave the shit. But we aren’t those who fall back into our former way, but those who press on. Fight the good fight!

    • On day 3. I’m almost over the hump of getting nicotine out of my system. It’s been brutal at times, I’ve dipped for over 13 years. But my wife and I just had a little girl and I decided I didn’t want to miss things in her life because I was off somewhere getting a lip full, or worse yet, not quitting in time and then my daughter would get raised by another man.

  7. Just had my last dip, im 24 and have been chewing for 9 or 10 years. My gums are getting horrible and i almost feel like sometimes my teeth are loose. Ive tried to kick the habit countless times and my longest was 3 months during basic training. Wish me luck because im not to confident

  8. Thanks buddy for the words of encouragement. I’m on day 8 now and feeling real good about this. I’ve leaned on KTC big time over the weekend when I was having a few drinks. Kept looking at pictures of mouth cancer and reading these positive stories from other quitters. I’m happy to say this is the beginning of a long happy life without DIP.

  9. Day 28 of quit for me. My experience has been this: first week is shit. Cravings are massive as is irritability. Days 7-28: irritability gone but I’ll get cravings on random days.

  10. I know this may be a stupid question, but can I get a buzz from putting chew into my eye lid?

  11. Supportive Girlfriend

    My boyfriend was a Ninja Dipper. I am behind him and supporting his recovery 100%. Thank you to this wonderful website for motivating him.

  12. Been chewing for almost 7 years. Decided I needed to quit. Need some help along the way. Just sick of it.

  13. guess this is day 2 really. more than 24hrs. nic. free. tough day, hard to concentrate at work. definately feeling foggy.

    • Hang in there, one day the fog will leave and the sun will come out. I’m on day 124 and 95 percent of the time I feel great. Stay strong you can break the habit

  14. pete i am right there with you this is day 2 for me also feeling very foggy

  15. Getting geared up to quit by dec 1. Last time I didnt make it to dinner time. Trying to prepare and plan instead of just willy nilly deciding to quit. I know how hard it is gonna be but it has to be done. Mind games are what get me. As absurd as it sounds I end up feeling like im giving up an important part of my life. Bullshit I know

  16. Ok gang! I just joined tonight because I need all the help I can get. 34 years old and have been plugging for 19 years with a 1 year break in the middle. Started back up and the addiction is 10 times worse. I have 4 beautiful kids and a beautiful wife and I am not going to let this habit risk that. November 20, 2014 is D-Day and I am going full throttle! I will be keeping you posted. Wish me luck!

    • Everyone can do it. I quit 11/18 at 6pm was my final dip. I went cold Turkey. I’m approaching hour 41. The fog has lifted except for brief intervals. Food tastes better and my mouth feels cleaner. I still get cravings bit solve them with seeds and smoky mountain. I own my life and Skoal no longer.owns me.

  17. My name is John I have been dipping 12 years I am expecting my first son. I don’t want my son to pick up this habbit that I picked up from my dad. My wife has hated it since we started dating and I have been thinking i want to be around a long time. Being a mechanic I have got use to always having one in and when I don’t I have to be drinking or chewing on something

  18. So I’m on day 4 of no dip. Its tough but I told myself I won’t ever have another pinch again. Got tired of dreading the dentist, spending money, seeing my family with a disgusted look, etc. I’m trying to get my hands on the fake stuff just to use for a little while but I can’t find any around my area. Wish me luck guys

    • Josh, a tobacco outlet should be able to order whatever you want if they don’t have it in stock. Just ask to speak to a manager.

      • Just to clarify, I was referring to ordering the fake stuff from a tobacco outlet. That’s where I get my smokey mountain chew.

  19. tried my first chew (Skoal) at age 8. starting at 13 used it once a week during baseball games (red man). at 17 used it several times a week (skoal). quit for a year age 20 in the Navy. been chewing 2 dips a day for 25 years since (copenhagen), now 45. recently though, I’m chewing a can a day or two (copenhagen). must stop chewing. how do you start and succeed in actually quitting once and for all. that’s why I’m here. I want to succeed. any help is appreciated. thanks. Rob

    • You just gotta set a quit date and commit to it. Remember, you CONTROL whether you out that dip in or not. That’s what keeps me going. After the 3 day mark you start getting into the routine you just gotta keep thinking about all the reasons you wanted to quit. Don’t give up!

  20. Hi,
    I have been meaning to write a post for a long time to let you know how much I have benefited from your site, even though I have never made a comment or even registered as a user until last week. I assume there may be other “silent” readers out there like myself. I chewed close to a tin of Skoal a day for 32 years. I wasn’t going to quit because I liked it. Nobody could make me quit either. I told my wife that I needed to chew because of anxiety. When I decided that I wanted to quit, I looked for online resources and discovered your site. I read everything that is there. I quit chewing on 1/26/2010 and have never looked back. It was the hardest thing I ever did, but your articles and postings helped every step of the way. I am a licensed professional counselor and I work with others who wish to quit. My cards are in numerous dentists’ offices where I live. One person who I sent to your website has become a regular poster and during our conversations, has convinced me to let you know how much you have helped me over the years. It isn’t fair to you if I don’t give you credit for my quit. You deserve it. There is a whole lot more to my story, but I want to thank you for all you have done for me. I am almost 1800 days free and my dentist says that she sees no residual effects in my mouth and it would be difficult to tell that I ever chewed. Thank you killthecan for giving me my life back.

  21. 1 more day to my 1 year of being tobacco free !!!!!

  22. I’m on day 6 of quitting a 17 year habit of dipping Copenhagen . My daughter who is only five kept asking me why I keep putting that “stuff” in my mouth. Had no answer other than telling her bad habit. Tried to quit numerous times and thought nicorete would help. Only thing that did was get me addicted to the gum as well as the snuff. Last week I decided enough is enough and so far haven’t touched either since. Good luck to everyone and let’s beat this awful habit!

  23. I ma having a hard time quitting im in the military and stress is high even if I had already quit I find myself reaching for some or asking someone else. On top of this it seems to be habitual the thing about driving in the car,after eating and especially drinking beer.these situations seem to be the hardest for me.

  24. Made it to my 1 year anniversary !!!!!

  25. I’m 18 and have dipped for about two years. The last couple years I have been very stressed due to family and relationship issues and dip was the one thing that seemed to keep me going and under control. I promised myself that I would quit once I found a girlfriend because I knew I wouldn’t feel like I needed it anymore. A couple months ago I fell in love with the girl in with now, and after a couple failed attempts that lasted only a day or two, I finally out my head to it last week and decided I was done. I’m currently on day 8, and some days see harder than others, but I know only a couple short weeks and the hardest stage will be over. I want to have kids someday and want to live a long healthy life for them, and even though my girlfriend is cool about it, I know it is a disgusting habit and no one wants to kiss somebody who does it. Quitting addiction is never easy, but I know it will be totally worth it! Stay strong!

  26. I have been dipping for about 30 years.I’m disappointed in myself because my son also took after me on dipping.I told him that he should stop tonight an he said when I stop he will stop.So come thanksgiving day I will stop dipping for good.If anyone has any advice or hints for me please let me know.

  27. 5 cans a week for 11 years…Just hit Day 95 and looking forward to triple digits. Every quit attempt failed until I found this site. Thanks to KTC!!

  28. 3 wks nicotene free. I have come to a conclusion Fake dip works. Chewing gum is almost as good. Physical withdrawl is long gone. My prooblem is the mental side. I drive a truck 300 to 400 miles a day on some of the most boring piece oc interstate. I get alot of time to fidget around Thats where fak dip comes in handy

  29. Day 99 and I’m very dependent on Smokey Mountain and sunflower seeds now. Any suggestions for the next step?

  30. I chewed the fake stuff daily (can + per day) for a good 220 days into my quit. Then one day… I just didn’t need it any more. My suggestion would be to use it till you don’t need it any more. The overwhelming majority of people will eventually just put it down and not look back.

  31. What do you mean dependent? Needing an oral fix? Try keeping a water bottle with you and taking a swig instead of a seed.

  32. Keep eating seeds and quit with the smokey mountain. Or continue with both

  33. I use seeds and fake chew too, have for over 120 days now. BUT….I’ve tapered off, as Chewie mentioned, I have only been taking 2-3 fake dips a day now. I’ve only had one so far today. But the seeds….those are some good things! I can see me moving exclusively to seeds eventually. And for $2 a bag, a much better habit than tobacco!

  34. 5 wks almost gave in I found a can in my drawer. I dont know how long it had been there it was all dried up . I thought heck its only one. WRONG! It would have been an excuse to lie to myself as to why I started again So I threw the weed into the toilet

  35. What types of fake dip did you find help full?

  36. John – There are some outstanding fake dips out there. http://www.killthecan.org/your-quit/smokeless-alternatives/ Is there a particular brand or flavor you’re trying to replicate? I’m happy to point you in the right direction.

  37. I’m trying to replicate Kodiak wintergreen the only dip I have used for the last 20 years.

  38. I have been chewing the smoky mountain stuff and it is pretty good. I only tried Kodiak and can’t remember what it was like. I am finding that it really isn’t the taste (for me), as much as having something in my lip.

  39. I’ve been chewing Smokey mountain snuff wintergreen and its the closest to Kodiak I’ve found yet. I’m in the same boat as you.

  40. After 27 years of only using Kodiak, I have been trying to find a good alternative, and after 3 weeks of being tobacco and nicotine free, smokey mountain seems to the best fake dip I have found! 3 weeks down the rest of my life to go.

  41. It’s true. Once you decide to quit, you can NEVER go back. I quit a few times and each time I went back, it was a worse addiction. It’s been over 4 years now (quit) and I still use the herbal snuff and I never even think of real tobacco anymore.

  42. Hard love!!!!! If you quit for 1 truly solid week and you go back I say FUCK YOU !!! I chewed for 31 years before I truly quit,I’m in my 5th month of my quit. Just bought a brand new truck as my reward. The money I save almost covers the payment. This is the way it is, if you make it a week you can make it forever, don’t let that brown bitch control what you do, when you do it or keep you from your family

  43. I’m thinking about purchasing some fake dip. Usually do Skoal Wintergreen. So far Hooch and Smokey mountain are my top choices, but they say Hooch isn’t quite like long cut and that Smokey Mountain stains your teeth and is messier than Hooch. What about longetivity? Any suggestions????

  44. Thinking about looking into some fake dip. Usually purchase Skoal Wintergreen. So far Hooch and Wintergreen seem like my best too options, but I hear Hooch isn’t quite “long cut” and stains the teeth and can be a little too “harsh” to feel like real dip. However, SM I hear stains teeth and is super messy. What about longetivity and flavor? Advice and suggestions?? I’ll take as much as I can get!

  45. That’s what I wanted to hear!

  46. Hey Chewie, I hear everyone using Smokey Mountain, is that available in Texas? I finally broke down and ordered some Hooch, but it would be a lot easier if I could just buy it somewhere here locally.

  47. Lex & Ty – reviews, coupons, etc. here. http://www.killthecan.org/your-quit/smokeless-alternatives/ I’ve tried just about all of them. My personal reviews are located here: http://blog.killthecan.org/reviews/ If you’re a Skoal Wintergreen guy I’d point you to Hooch, Holt or Elicit to get you started, but there are SEVERAL great products out there. Let me know if you’ve got any specific questions… happy to help!

  48. Thank you so much!! Ty tried some Smokey Mountain because it’s all our local store sells and we have yet to get our Hooch…he said that it did not have the Skoal tobacco feel or the wintergreen taste. So my question is, will the Hooch Wintergreen be close to the Skoal tobacco feel and wintergreen taste he is looking for? He’s very excited about trying the Hooch! And will it be long-cut enough for him? That is his usual cut of choice.

    Please reply, and thank you for your help!

  49. I’ve often gone on record as saying Hooch Wintergreen (for me) is as close to the real thing as you can find on the market. It won’t be quite that “long” cut he’s looking for, but Hooch DID just come out with a “rough” cut which is much closer.

  50. Today while at Walmart I decided not to buy a can of smokey mountain, Im also on Day190 of my quit. no urges but I’ve been drinking a lot more lately. I’m not sure if it’s cause it’s finally gotten nicer here in the northeast or if I’m substituting alcohol for my ex-addiction.

  51. So we should go for the Hooch Wintergreen rough cut, yes?

  52. Day 243, I curbed my drinking, I drink only 3-4 evenings a week which is better than every night. I still would love to have a pinch but don’t want it all at the same time. I also just came from the dentist and the didn’t beat me up about my teeth this time, pretty cool !!!. I miss my old friend but I’ll get past this part of my life simply because I refuse to be controlled by tobacco or anything or anyone!!!

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