Smokeless Alternatives

Part of the reason that quitting chew is so difficult is that it’s not just a mental & chemical battle. There is also a very physical part of breaking nicotine’s hold on us. For some of us, the oral fixation is one of the most difficult parts of our quits. If you’ve had something in your lip/mouth for the past 15 years your body gets used to it… take that away (along with all the nicotine that you’re losing) and you’re bound to be a little on the irritable side. Below is a list of alternatives to smokeless tobacco (also known as fake dip or fake tobacco) that will help you get past the oral fixation.

For more information about fake dip, check out these pages as well:

Smokey Mountain SnuffSmokey Mountain Snuff
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Hooch SnuffHooch Snuff
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Jake's Mint ChewJake’s Mint Chew
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Bacc-OffBacc-Off
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Teaza Energy PouchesTeaza Energy Pouches
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GrindsGrinds
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Cowboy Coffee ChewCowboy Coffee Chew
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Nip Energy DipNip Energy Dip
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Gator Sunflower Seed ChewGator Chew
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Major League Coffee DipMajor League Coffee Dip
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Mint SnuffMint Snuff
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Holt Tobaccoless ChewHolt Tobaccoless Chew
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Absolut SnusAbsolut Snus
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Go Coffee EnergyGo Coffee Energy
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Wisconsin’s Fintest Root 100Root 100
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Golden Eagle Herbal ChewGolden Eagle Herbal
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Young's ChewYoung’s Chew
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  1. why couldn’t you use the nicotine chewing gum to take the edge off? On the package of nicotine gum it states not to use it for trying to quit chewing, why not? It doesn’t explain the reason.

    • Denise – the problem with nicotine gum (or patches, or lozenges, etc.) is that they contain nicotine. The reason they “take the edge off” is that they are delivering to your body the drug that you are trying to quit. It would be akin to giving an alcoholic who was detoxing from Jack Daniels a Budweiser. This blog post will give you some additional insight: http://blog.killthecan.org/2012/04/cigars-and-the-quitter/ As to your question of why the packaging states its not for use when quitting chewing, I’m guessing it’s because these products are geared toward cigarette smokers. Smokeless tobacco has a FAR higher concentration of nicotine than cigars / cigarettes.

    • Because it gives the sensation of smoking a cigarette. It’s very unpleasant to someone who dips instead if smokes plus your also trying to get rid of the addiction all together.

  2. The gum works for quitting chew. I’m a longterm chewer and had to stop before my gums were destroyed. I had a precancerous biopsy as we’ll. The problem is I’m hooked on the gum. If I can find an alternative, something to have in my mouth I’m game to try it.

  3. @Denise

    The issue for me is not one of getting a nicotine fix. It is the burn on my gums and the sense of fullness under my lip that I crave. My gums itch for it! The nicotine is secondary for me. When you first start dipping, the nicotine buzz is very intense. That is what gets you hooked… but if you dip consistently the buzz is at times barely noticeable. I haven’t tried these alternatives but I am excited to find that they exist and will start using them asap. I need to stop dipping! I can only guess about these products but I would imagine that the burn is either absent or simulated by a healthy chemical alternative to the fiber glass in dip that rips my gums apart. Oh, I just looked one up and it appears that they use cayenne pepper. Im sure this helps simulate the burn. Even if its not quite the same its something to put in my lip. I hope this helps you understand this difference between chewy gum and dip.

    @Chewie

    Eh… That’s the whole idea though. Get a little bit of nicotine and try to wean yourself off. I’m not contending that this works… and I understand that some people may be addicted to the nicotine part of dip… but I would guess that there are a lot of people like me who are primarily addicted to having something tasty and burn…y under their lip.

    • @Dan, am just so glad that someone understands that it’s the “habit” that becomes hard to break with dipping, not so much the nicotine

  4. @Dan Theres no fiber glass in dip…..

    • Actually, there are some brands of dip (Kodiak) that have been reported to have finely ground fiberglass in their product to introduce nicotine into the bloodstream that much quicker.

      • That’s completely false. Not only do they not do that but cutting the gums would actually slow down the rate of nicotine absorption if it had any effect. Most nicotine is absorbed through salivary glands.

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  6. Right, there was fiberglass in a dip a while ago though not anymore. Saw dust at some points was used for the same reasons.

  7. Good lord, day 3 of quitting and my head hurts so bad, but I can do this, I got an e- cig to take the edge off my nicotine craving, but it doesn’t have nearly the nicotine my Cope had in it, plus I don’t like the taste it leaves in my mouth, but it has helped me get through three days of no dip, no small feat for me, and I am glad I don’t like the taste, it is just a binky for getting off dip and not a shift in addictions. I dipped in the first place because I didn’t care for cigarettes but liked the nicotine buzz. I kind of feel like I have the flu, but no fever, just sore and headaches, I read that this is normal for long time dippers when they finally quit. I’m gonna do this, for my kids, my wife and me…oh and my teeth, gums and jaw too.

    • Your family needs and loves you. Put a picture of them in your pocket. Try getting a round can of sugarfree mints and use them like the dip. You can use a 21mg patch to relive some of the craving. You want to use it for a couple of weeks and then step down to 14mg then to 7mg and eventually none.

      The nicotine receptors in your brain are screaming and you need help.

      Ecigs are not FDA apporoved and just a way to keep you addicted. They also have no manufacturing standards and have some serious potential bad effects on your lungs.

      You can do this!

      • Hold in there and fight it out. 36 year addict to cope, cherry skoal, etc. and been without it since January ’14…..think I got it whipped
        Doc gave me a prescription to chantix (bad expensive unless insurance covers it) which helped take the edge off. I used chantix for 4-6 weeks then stopped cause I felt like I was getting addicted to chantix.
        Presently I also use jack links ground jerky that comes in a can like chew does, seems to work ok for me. For some reason cinnamon hard candy worked well for me. I also tried jolly ranchers, root beer candies, sunflower seeds and peanuts.
        Understand I had multiple dips in from breakfast til bedtime (poster child for the smokeless industry) and it wasn’t so much the buzz I was missing but the feeling I had a dip in all the time…so needed something to help with the sensation of missing the feeling in my lip.
        Best of luck.

    • Damien – your head is hurting… for a prolonged period of time… because you’re still feeding your addiction with your e-cig. It contains nicotine… that’s what you’e addicted to, and that’s what your withdrawing from. The sooner you remove that drug from your system the sooner you can begin your recovery.

    • canadianragweed@yahoo.com

      This morning is day 4 for me. I smoked from 14-25 yrs and dipped from 25-31 yrs old. I started dipping to quit smoking because my Dad passed of a heart attack at age 49. That was a bad 6 year idea. My father-in-law started lozenges to quit smoking, he just had 16k worth of dental work done from the damage they did. I don’t think there is really a way to quit aside from cold turkey. Push-ups, sun flower seeds, beef jerky in a can (surprised this is not listed), tooth picks, mints, sex, I’m using all these things to keep myself sane and it’s working pretty well I guess. I have not hit this so-called fog yet but day 2 I was sweating like crazy and literally trying to pull my hair out. That’s when I learned doing push-ups till you can’t feel your arms is a pretty good stress relief, plus you might have some guns Obama can’t take away by the time the cravings stop.

    • The e cig is a raw tobacco free alternative for smokers and it usually has nicotine. Pixotine Nicotine Toothpicks are raw tobacco free and do for me what an ecig would do for a smoker. It was my preferred alternative after 16 years of dipping tobacco a can a day. I have not dipped in almost 2 years and still use Pixotine Nicotine Toothpicks. I am hooked on the nicotine and I enjoy a slight burn/peppery sensation in my mouth. Pixotine is not a cessation aid as you still get nicotine, but I prefer them over traditional tobacco. My white striated lesions are gone and my dentist is happy with the results.

  8. Well..Here goes another try to quit dip. been doing it heavy for three years now. was looking up alternatives so as i could still have something in my lip thats not as “bad” for me. One of the products was Jakes Mint Chew. Had to drive 20 miles to the nearest store that had it but its Not bad stuff! Made of organic mint leaves and organic glycerin, water, and organic flavors…Thats it! no nicotine and no tobacco. I got four tins (of different flavors) so hopefully it will last me at least four days without the real stuff and ill go from there.

  9. I am on day 50 without dip and wanted to leave a post to you all that it can be done. I just attended my uncles funeral yesterday. He died of cancer that originated from years of dipping. When I first saw his tumor in person a few months ago is when I decided to quit. Not for me but for my two children and my wife. If you truly want to quit deep down you can do it without any of these alternatives like I have done. I chew sunflower seeds every now and then and beef jerky when I can afford it but my advice is just flat quit the nicotine. You can’t keep holding on to it with gum and e cigs and you have to stop it cold turkey. Good luck to you all and God Bless.

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  11. I have been dipping for nearly 30 years. I quit once for 13 months then used a bad time in my life as an excuse to start up again. Non dippers don’t understand the addiction to the physical sensation of having “just a pinch between your cheek and gums”. I use original Cope. Can someone recommend one of these alternatives that I might find palatable? Congrats to all of you on your quitting progress. Good luck.

    • Have you tried the Bacc-Off products? They have a pretty good fine cut that would be close to the texture of original Cope

  12. I am a tobacco treatment specialist and I do understand the addiction. You can do this with support, nicotine replacement for a few months, WATER to flush out the toxins in your tissues, a harmless habit to replace the dip.

    There is no quick, one size fits all approach. You are addicted to the hardest thing to quit. The small size of dippers vs smokers is why the drug companies don’t study withdrawal and quitting in dippers. If there isn’t money i it for treating dippers they don’t do it therefore no rules for use.

    Mayo Clinic has protocols and a way to treat dip and that is what I use.

    You have to throw out dip, cans, mud jugs, anything that is a reminder. Buy the NRT of choice. Use it! Carry a water bottle with you and drink it or spit it if you need the sensation.

    Substitute anything that is sugar free for the dip . No e cigs for nicotine they are terrible inregulated ways to addict.

    • Hi Sherri – thanks for stopping by! Agree 100% that there’s no “one size fits all” approach to quitting. Everyone quit is different. Also agree that you should get rid of ALL dip-related stuff and start fresh. Not a big fan of NRT (unless you’re considering these smokeless alternatives NRT) as I believe you’ve just changed delivery method but that’s another discussion.

      Keep up the great work! Always great to find a fellow fighter in this battle against Big Tobacco!

  13. Great to hear from you. I am on my way to the Mayo Clinic for a 3 conference on nicotine addiction. I will post any new findings that are worth sharing with the group.

    The science does bear out that a regiment of tapering NRT does have good results. That said, if a dipper can do it without I am supportive. I work to find individual solutions. No hard and fast rules. Just want to help!

    I gave your site info to a young man I just began working with. You have a great support network. I am a big fan.

    Sherri

    • Sherri, would love to hear what things you might have picked up at this conference. Since I’ve been reading this blog and participating in the forum it’s become blatantly apparent the majority of people at KTC are extremely anti-nicotine. I am kicking the habit, not because of the nicotine, but because of the tobacco itself. However, I’ve been following the rules of the group, and cut out nicotine completely.

      I am curious though as to what the medical world says about nicotine alone. From what I’ve been reading nicotine has several potential health benefits which are being studied. I’ve seen studies regarding nicotine’s ability to reduce the risk of or treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Tourette’s, ADD/ADHD, schizophrenia, diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, and depression. It looks like most of these disorders benefit from the release of acetylcholine, norepeinepherine, epinephrine, vasopressin, serotonin, dopamine, and betaendorphins;chemical reactors which have the ability to increase concentration, memory, alertness, arousal, as well as reducing the reactions to pain and anxiety.

      I’m interested in an actual discussion as to whether nicotine ingestion, through non-tobacco alternatives (dependent upon the delivery system), could have possible benefits to the user.

      • Wait a minute, so you are saying that NICOTINE in itself is being studied to treat diseases and disorders? So those of us that got the nicotine via chewing or dipping tobacco are just too negative about it. Are you suggesting that it might be the other carcinogens in orally used tobacco that is the real problem rather than the nicotine itself?
        Are you a user? a researcher? or just curious?
        I know , too many questions, but aside from the Research and scientific information, it would be cool to share your story with the rest of us?

  14. I see a lot of altenatives to canned dip, but nothing for long leaf chew like Redman. I enjoy chewing Redman, but I don’t like dip. Is there an alternative for the loose leaf chewing tobacco? Something to chomp on, which is how I chew Redman

    • Try leaves make sure to clean them though. I used to be addicted to red man an I wasn’t addicted to the nicotine just the feel so I asked some of my buddy’s what they thought and one of them suggested leaves. It worked for me so you should give it a shot

  15. Altoids strategically placed between the gumline and lip works for me. Nicotine withdrawl isn’t my problem. It’s my ADD like behavior and the nervous habit of filling time with activity. Also, moments of anxiety have my grabbing for the can, whether it be Altoids or Copenhagen. Nevertheless, with a can price just short of $7 in San Diego, and a can a day habit, I’ve dropped to 2 cans a week with the Altoids substitute, I may just someday be able to retire.

    My daily habit was running $3k a year. $3k a year at 8%, compounded annually for 10 years = $19,936 profit and having saved the $30k in principal enriching myself, not 7-11. 20 years? $151k – $60,000 principal = $91k profit! Now there’s some motivation!

  16. Is anybody aware of any of the tobacco free chews that would have a similar taste to grizzly wintergreen pouches? I’ve been using them for about 2 years and currently use 2 cans a day, 3 on a bad day. Started it to quit drinking and now I’m hooked on them.

  17. Hey folks. 23 year tobacco user (about 4 of it smokes, the other 19, chew) here. I’m finally thinking about quitting. Just seems like the right time and I’m so tired of the constant indigestion. I had been a Skoal mint guy until about 5 years ago or so when it finally hit $6 a can. Then I switched to the cheapest thing I could find, Longhorn. I’m sure most of the folks on here haven’t tried it (it’s hard to even find it in most of the chain stores here), so I’d settle for a Skoal longcut mint substitute if anyone knows of something similar. Anyone have any ideas? I haven’t tried any of the substitutes, so I’m willing to give any of them a shot as long as they don’t taste like dirt.

  18. Anyone found a substitute for red man loose leaf pouch chewing tobacco? Like Brenden, I don’t like dip but prefer the texture and flavor of chewing tobacco. Thanks for any advice.

  19. Has anybody heard of or used a dip alternative called blue whale smokeless tobacco. It was tobacco free but had nicotine. I have been chewing for 30 plus years and it was the only product that had me weaned off the real stuff. They quit carrying it in my area and I was eventually back on the real stuff. Does it still exist or something similar with nicotine but non tobacco out on the market. Please let me know.

  20. I have found the herbal chew very helpful, its not going to “make it all better” but its something to stuff in your lip. I quit cold turkey 7 days ago, its been a very long week but i think i got it beat. I have been using a can of Cope long cut a day for over a decade; very glad to be done with such a shitty habit. The patches and/or gum didn’t work at all for me in the past; and most likely wont work for anyone as its perpetuating your addiction. I didn’t even use the herbal stuff for the first 3 days as i felt even that would just make it worse. Now that the physical cravings are gone i am using the herbal mint to help with the psychological cravings i am getting after a cup of coffee or a beer (my two real triggers). Oh i should also add that 2 weeks before i actually quit i cut back from a can a day to a can a week, started putting a very small amount in my upper lip; so i guess its been a 3 week process so far…… anyhow thats what worked for me.

  21. Why don’t they make an herb chew with nicotine? That way you get the nicotine without the cancer? I’ve been on an e cig for years and it has nicotine but not all the other crap. I was searching online for a tobacco free chew with nicotine for my boss and I can’t find one, so weird that the e cig idea of nicotine delivery with out tobacco has not been developed for this consumer group.

  22. I’m used to chewing Copenhagen or Griszly snuff can anyone suggest something with a similar taste?? I just tried smoky mountain herbal wintergreen and it wasn’t bad just not the right flavor for me.

  23. Day 60

    Two Stinking Months I been off the Shitsky, I am proud..

    Dude if you are contemplating quitting?, Do it!!!, Just Do it!! I dare you, I know you all can do it too.

    I know you got what it takes,

    You know how when you got started Doing this Shit, you felt like a MAN, a tough guy?

    Well It takes a Much Bigger Man to Quit. Be that Man, OWN it Fellas, Own that Shit.

    Come on Do it!!, and then come back here and tell us all about it, there are a bunch of guys here that will listen to your progress, rants, failures, whatever the Hell you want to talk about. I know they heard it from me, its been 2 Months and I’ve written almost every day.

    So What’s your story?

  24. If I ever did anything good on this earth, I hope this is it. I am calling all of yall dippers out

    I know a lot of tough people that dip, but it is even tougher to quit the dip and stay quit.

    ********* Don’t let a tiny little tin can kick your ass, get tougher and “Kill the can” ********* ******************************************************************************************

    Now, Who is going to be the first?

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