Symptoms Of Quitting Dip & Chew

Symptoms When Quitting NicotineQuitting dipping is not an easy thing… if you’re like most of us, when you quit you’ll go through some withdrawal symptoms… These are completely normal. That being said… if you are concerned about a particular symptom, by all means go to a doctor and get checked!!! This will help both your peace of mind and may catch something before it gets serious.


Dip Dreams – you’ve been dipping for years sometimes decades. Your brain is used to thinking a certain way with a certain amount of nic in it… once that’s taken away many people have “dip dreams”. These dreams range from mild to incredibly intense. Many times people will wake up after a dip dream and feel terrible because they really think that they caved. Many have reported that they can taste and smell the dip. Never fear… it’s only a dream.

Sores In Your Mouth (lip, tongue, cheek, etc.) – you’re done dipping… why does your mouth hurt so damn bad? You’ve got more sores in your mouth now than when you were dipping. What’s going on?!? There are a couple of explanations for this one. First, if you’re like most of us, you’ve found something to replace your dip to get you past the oral fixation (See Smokeless Alternatives). If you’re chewing seeds then there’s a TON of salt in your mouth that wasn’t there before. Also once you get dip out of your system the PH balance in your mouth is changing. Bottom line is this – get to a dentist and get checked out. But unless something stays around for more than two weeks you should be good to go.

Can’t Sleep – you’ve quit dipping and now you can’t sleep at all. Never fear, this is completely normal experience. It’ll take a while, but your sleep patterns will return to normal.

The Fog – you’re dizzy… you can’t think straight… your head hurts… you find yourself staring at your computer screen for hours on end not reading anything. Welcome to the dip fog. Your brain can’t handle the fact that you’re no longer feeding it dip. It might last just a couple of days and it might last a couple of weeks. Do not fret… once the fog lifts you’re well on your way to being dip free. Check out this article that Chewie has written about The Fog Of Quitting Dip

Headaches – you might have one that brings you to your knees, or you might just have that dull thud feeling all day long — this too shall pass.

Sore Throat – If you’re a dipper and you quit you’re scared of anything that’s “off”. Why when you quit dipping do you suddenly get a sore throat? We’re not sure why but it happens more often than you’d think. Drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated. This will help flush the nicotine and will help with your sore throat.

Anxiety – for years you’ve been dealing with life while medicating yourself with nicotine — it’s gone now and your body isn’t used to dealing with life without it. This condition will pass though you may want to talk to a doctor about some medication to take the edge off.

Problems “Going” – whether you know it or not, nicotine is a laxative. It’s helped keep you “regular” through all of your years of dipping. It takes some people a while to get their body adjusted to going without their natural dip laxative. Drink plenty of water and eventually this one will be “behind you”.

Hot Flashes – This one has been reported as a real doozey. Face, arms, legs, etc. can be very “warm” with some intense sweats. While this is a “symptom” it’s also been quite the trigger for some folks. Drink some water, get to the site and talk.

Depression – Many people have dipped for years or decades. Removing such an integral (though deadly) part of your life can lead to some pretty serious behavioral issues including depression. Talk to the folks on the boards as this is pretty common. As with any health issue please don’t hesitate to see a doctor as well. For more details about depression as a quitter click here.

There are a variety of other symptoms that have been attributed to quitting dip. If you don’t see yours listed, contact us and let us know about it!

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  1. I quit cold turkey Monday and it wasn’t too bad. I used chewing to quit smoking and was on it for a year and a half. On tobacco for 12 years. Wednesday night I had flu like symptoms at an exorcism type level. Google it and came upon the quitters flu. But what can I say it’s an addiction I took out a can, the second I smelled it I was in the bathroom again, and the can is in the trash. Amazing how a little can can screw up your body so bad.

    • Hey brother, keep up the good work! This post may inspire me when I get to that point. I quit cold turkey this morning so it wont be long now.

  2. I stopped dipping about a week ago. I dipped for the last 15 years, since i was 23. I started working from home about 10 years ago, where i ended up dipping all day long. Lastly going through about 2 tins a day. I tried to quit several times, but typically could not make it more than a few hours before caving. At least in situations where I had no reason to not dip, like just chilling or working at home. Tried the nic gum a few years back, but didn’t help and going cold turkey wasn’t working too well for me. Briefly tried the herbal snuff, but that didn’t seem to be doing the trick.

    I had bought a fairly pricey vape for e-juice as a thought to quit, about 2 weeks ago. But, I do not think i was quite mentally prepared to quit at that point and i was just using it on occasion as a break from the dip for the first week. Then i was watching espn one morning and caught this interview with Curt Schilling :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2o1TYea0G3s .

    This video did it for me. I took the pinch i had in my mouth out and picked up that vaporizer i bought. While long term effects are still to be determined, All my current research online says that vaping is a lot safer way to get nicotine than from tobacco and a lot cheaper. And you can try to ween yourself off the nicotine since you can buy it with different nicotine strengths. It also does an awesome job at helping with the oral fixation / need to do something out of boredom issues. you get that urge to take a pinch, grab a spitoon, spit… Just grab the vape and take a few drags.

    Granted cold turkey is the best way to go But if ya can’t get past that nicotine mountain, and want to stop putting all that cancerous crap in your mouth that comes with tobacco. And need to find something else to help with the boredom/oral fixation issue, in my opinion vaping is a good option to try. I started at 12mg nicotine and have already moved down to 6mg nicotine. I have only had really minor urges to grab a pinch, maybe a few times a day, but very easily i can talk myself out of it.

    I have apparently been experiencing a lot of the above withdrawal symptoms though, which is what made me find this site. I think the vaping helped, where i did not become too irritated or angry. No depression or dip dreams either. As well as the urge to grab a picnh was greatly diminished. But i did get an increase in sores/sensitivity of the tongue, and the massive brain frog. I thought i had just gotten stupid all of a sudden. I just have been having such a hard time thinking straight and even thought to myself that i had felt lightly drunk. My digestive system was all messed up as well, from pains in the stomach to discomfort and pressure. Metamucil is seeming to help that out though. Get some hot flashes and minor headaches as well. But i am still getting nicotine from the e-juice, although i think it is a lot less than what i was getting while dipping. Usually dipped longhorn or grizzly mint. Can i get intense withdrawal symptoms, just from a decrease in my nicotine intake?

  3. Been quit for 2 weeks. My throat is killing me. That happen to anyone else?

    • Hey Jim, it is almost 2 and a half months that I quit, but I still some time feel soar throat… And kind of mucus some times comes out… Much better than initial days now…. As I heard from my doctor, the cells that got destroyed in mouth and throat lining are getting regenerated and causing this.. Don’t worry should get better soon

    • I’m on day three without a dip. I’m not sleeping well at all. Woke up this morning feeling like I’m getting sick, sore throat, tight chest and my mouth hurts too. Sunflower seeds are helping. I just want this to pass sooner then later.

  4. It has been 3 week for me cold turkey. I had a cancer scare made me realize I don’t want another. I am 29 now and I have been dipping since I was 14. I went cold turkey. I do get sharp pains in my head all the time. and my body as well.

  5. Day 3 is in the books, can’t sleep and have to get ready for work in 4 hours. Chewed 1-2 cans of Skoal Wintergreen Long Cut a day for past 15 years. I’ve been trying to quit several times over the last few years and the last 4 months I’ve gotten up to 22, and 20 days without dipping but caved the fuck in a couple times and got back on the horse. Im using the 4mg Nicorettes about 8-10 a day. Plan on stopping them August 1st. My gum lines receded a bit, a few cavities over the years and I just dont ever want to fuckin dip again. The worst is knowing all that on the drive home you still think about stopping at the A+ or Wawa when you drive by and say well maybe…I can quit next week. I mean it this time Im fuckin done with it. Wish me luck brothers! Im gonna grab some coffee and power through Day 4!

  6. I have used Chew for over 25 years and quit two days ago, I dipped a can or more per day. Right now I am using 4-5 nicorete lozenges per day to get past the unbelievable cravings. Is this wrong should I just go cold turkey? Last time I tried that I literally was sick I was litterally shaking

    • Well… it’s not “wrong” necessarily. But you’re also not “quit” and you can’t really begin to heal until the nicotine is out of your bloodstream. By using those lozenges all you’ve really done is switched your delivery method. It would be similar to a Jack Daniels drinker switching to Budweiser.

  7. Hey I just quit dipping and my jaw feels stiff as hell it don’t hurt but it feels locked up is this normal from quitting dip

  8. Hi guys,
    I started dipping Kodiak 19 years ago in the Marines. Recently a buddy of mine that I served with had a cyst removed from his throat that ended up being non cancerous. I quit a week ago today. My biggest help had been vigorous exercise. And a diet of mangos, kiwi, carrot juice and plenty of water. I quit cold turkey!!!! No nicotine replacement.

    • That’s awesome Coach. Cold Turkey is really the only way to go. I’m over 6 months quit after 17 years of dipping and what really helped me stay quit was making a promise every day to other quitters and reading what others had to say. I was hesitant to join KTC ’cause online forums weren’t really my thing but it’s the only reason I’m quit today. No need to go it alone. Congrats on your first week man. That’s a huge accomplishment.

  9. Thanks for the replies went to the dentist today got a root canal and my teeth cleaned doc says gum line receding a bit but not bad the root canal took care of the ear and jaw hurting so much I’m gonna keep posting how things go and wish the best of luck to anyone trying to quit just stick with it and believe you can do it cause you can

  10. We are all reading this because we know better., right? It is so tough, it’s worth the struggle. We wouldn’t want our sons to start…we regret the day we did. Don’t let a bad minute, day or week change our minds, waste our health, our hard earned money. We are better than this absolutely evil substance. I used to say I wouldn’t ever try cocaine, I can’t stop cope and I can buy it anywhere….legally. That’s a pretty sad but true, but I’m done this time… Still chewing 4 and 2 mg gum a couple of times a day, like after lunch… It’s been a rough month, plenty of challenges to make me want a dip. I willed myself for cope to make me sick six weeks ago, it worked! Four weeks now, no chew, the only guys that are missing me chewing are the convenience store owners. Take care of yourself, be blessed with the renewing of your mind and spirit, help a kid to quit.

    • The struggle is real day 18 and going strong. Mouth feels funny, jaw and ear. Reading your comments are healing in itself. Knowing my symptoms are common is making the transition easier. I chewed a can every 1.5 days and I tell ya I’m so happy I quit (grizzly). I got the neck aches and shoulder aches but I’m gonna keep pushing. iI went to the dentist on day 12 cause i was a hot mess. GoT a complete cleaning and oral exam. Tissue was good. No dip pockets. I encourage anyone having concerns to go see your dentist and be completely honest with him. Great peace of mind. I read that your mouth starts back feeling normal in or around day 60. I guess I got about 40 more days. Pray for me guys and I’ll keep praying for you as well. God bless. Thanks!!

      • Wrestling Coach

        Good for you Kevin. We are at the same spot, 6/1/15 was my quit date as well. Having real depression issues when everything else in life is seemingly good. Been having trouble focusing, anxiety is maxed out, and depression comes in waves.

        • I know exactly what your talking about coach. Anxiety is at max level. Gotta keep pushing though, its been over 3 weeks for me and I can honestly say its been getting better. The craving doesn’t go anywhere but I can beat that and so can you. Keep up the fight.. I got your back 200% brother..God bless.

  11. Stopped dipping 6 days ago but my ear and jaw hurts did anybody else have this thanks

  12. My name is Ty and i’ve been 4 days without chewing and it has been the hardest 4 days in my life. I’ve been chewing since I was 11 and I’m 18 now and I wish I never started. I’v been in the fog since day 2 and the depression since day 3. I hope the depression and fog go away soon since I’ve lost all motivation to do anything.

  13. My name is Bobby and I want to quit and I have tried to quit for a long time now , I dip anywhere from 1- 1 and a half cans a day and I have been dipping for around 9 years , I have a wife and a son and I really just don’t want to let them down , I don’t want my son growing up around it and I want my wife to want to kiss me again without making a comment about how I smell like dip even though I just brushed my teeth . I have a lot of triggers I have to deal with , the main one being stress , if something pisses me off or upsets me or just doesn’t go my way it’s just so easy to pop a dip in . Anyways tonight is day 1, haven’t had a dip since watching the reds game, hopefully with a lot of prayers and a good support system I can finally kill the can , thanks yall

  14. Keep_On_Jeepin_On

    im 19 been dipping a can a day sense I turned 16. Haven’t dipped I. 4 days , feels pretty nice , the hardest part about quiting is enjoying it , I really don’t want to quit I love it but I know I need to , ran out 4 days ago and my roommate wouldn’t let me steal a pinch so I took that as the right time . Don’t talk about it be about it , don’t say your gonna quit when you still got a can in your back pocket , throw it away and just quit . Cuz it’s never gonna work , your gonna just keep delaying it , first day is the hardest

  15. Well it’s been one week since I’ve dipped. Went cold turkey after dipping about a can a day for the past 8 years. I’m finding the cravings are going down but when they do come they are more intense.

  16. Day 5 and going OK..mouth is doing weird stuff..neck stiffness..headaches. Got a dentist spot next week. Never quit quitting right. I know its the right decision.. But it just sucks right now. Please comment and keep me on the course. I need it bro.

  17. can stopping chew cause increase in body aches? My boyfriend is desparetly trying to quit but his aches increase when he does this he hasn’t seen a connection but I certainly have…I see the headaches he got those…but what about body aches?

  18. Good lord, go to a dentist and get checked out, you’ve quit and got mouth cancer anyways, what a load of bull, no one is giving a flat out striaght answer to anything on This page I hate it , I’ve put the can down years ago, went to dentist after dentist and they all take a biopsy of my lip because they say I have cancer , and comes back negative, it’s just a callous that’s developed after my mouth healed from the years of dipping , most dentist or glorified teeth cleaners don’t waste you’re money, go to an oral pathologistit and get the right answer the first time,it is not cancer , so relax people, you are fine. Some people don’t heal completely , you will have a scar for life, no big deal. As for everything else when it comes to quitting dip, best advice is man the fuck up if you are serious about quitting, it sucks and sorry to say the craving never goes away, you just have to be stronger than that little can of dip.

    • Hey Jay I have been without the can for about a month now. Recently my gums where I would dip have started hurting, about 4 days ago. Could this be because my gums are healing?

  19. Everyone at my school dips!! Penn state all the way lol. Been dipping for 8 years. I just saw all of these posts and u guys are awesome! I just (hopefully) put my last dip in 20 minutes ago. I chew a can a day. We shall see how this works. I need some support!!

  20. Wade- I quit coppenhaggen as a trip to the dentist told me I was on the border of cancer or no. I use the Smokey Mountain herbal snuff went back to the dentist in a few weeks and they thought things were getting better for my tissue was healing they said. I want to say, as a thirty year old, to all young men and some women 18 and older: YOU DO NOT WANT BE ANOTHER STATISTIC OF CANCER. I am not as I said but I do care about others. Smokey Mountain is just as good and is better for your health.

  21. Can your heart race at random times from the lack of nicotine?

    • Michael – I’m not a doctor so take this for what it’s worth…

      I’d say yes for sure. For me, it as due to my increased acid reflux when I quit. Not only that, but nicotine plays havoc with your blood pressure so when you go off it I’m guessing it can change quite a few things with your body chemistry including heart rate. Never a bad thing to go and have these sorts of discussions with your doctor as well.

  22. I am freaking Die N!!! I hate everything!!! I feel like pure crap and it aint getting no better. Day 4 and I am looking for relief!! I cant even look at people this morning. I just want to throat punch everyone!!!!! My jaw and lip feels swollen but it is not. IS this normal???????

    • Yes, Eric it is normal. I am on day 7 and you are doing it right. I get up every day and think to myself – day 7 of the quit, one day at a time. If you get a craving, kick in all those psychological mechanisms that made you put off quitting for so long. Hijack them now to use to procrastinate acting on your craving. Hijack them the way nicotine hijacks your brain’s dopamine pathways. You can beat this – no nicotine today.

      Stephen
      Day 7

  23. I quit yesterday after I buried my younger brother who obviously died from a heart attack d/t many years of tobacco abuse. I knew something would make me quit but I didn’t know it would be by little brother dying. It’s only been 2 days but definitely done.

  24. I quit about 9 months ago and I wrote a post about it. It was honestly one of the hardest things I have ever done, but well worth it.

    http://slodds.co/health/effects-quitting-chewing-tobacco/

  25. Chris

    You take chantix? Cool, but, cold turkey is the way most of us quit. Chantix still gives u nic… So sooner or later you will still need to get rid of the nic.

    I want you to quit and you have many fans here to help your quit., go cold turkey and start your quit. Good luck

    Jeff
    Day 199

  26. Well maybe this will help with the process, I have chewed for 20 years (can a day) and now im on day 23 with Chantix. I remember someone in the weight room telling me that they quit but you “really had to want it” I believe I know what that means now. Im not going to Vegas for march madness bc that’s just a fail in the waiting. All I want to do is Sleep, Eat, Workout and I let everyone guess the other thing. Now its getting better slowly. I can do thing like play computer games, poker or drive with a Smoky Mountain fake chew in and not sweat it to bad. I probably helps I havent had any alcohol during this time as well. I wonder if after 90 with the Chantix (which was free BTW through my insurance) if the massive headaches will occur. Good Luck Everyone. Chris

    • Here’s my experience with Chantix if your considering using it to help with your quit.

      Hey so I’m on day 45 of my quit after 5 years and 1-3 cans a week. Where I work a lot of people either smoke or dip and I honestly I didn’t feel confident in my will power. My doctor prescribed Chantix, I used it for about 3 weeks before I felt confident I didn’t need it anymore. Chantix will occupy the nicotine receptors in your brain so you will not crave nicotine. For example, I’ve had on two occasions had a coworker take out his can of Grizzly, take a pinch, and pack a lip right in front of me and looking me in the eye while he did it. Normally this would have been a huge trigger for me, with Chantix I felt no craving at all. I’ve gradually got the confidence to realize I don’t need that trash to get me through my work day or a long drive. Trust me, it feels really good to not be a slave to the can.

      The downside to Chantix is it will not alleviate withdrawal symptoms. I’ve gone through a whole bunch of the withdrawal symptoms. You’ll still have the wild ride of withdrawals, but in my case, my urge to go back to the can was minimal. I took the good advice of some people on this site and went back to the doctor. He said I was okay and I was experiencing withdrawals and anxiety symptoms. At this point the fog is clearing but I’m still dealing with some wicked anxiety issues at times. To everyone out there quitting, stay strong, find support in friends and family, read this site, talk to your doctor/dentist. Its tough but it things slowly get better.

      • GREAT stuff JAC – thanks for sharing! Would you mind if I made a separate post out of this to share?

      • I am using Chantix as well and Jeff is telling the truth it definitely helps. I dipped for 16 years 2 cans a day and I haven’t touched it for almost a month now. Chantix didn’t do as much for me as it does for some people. For example, I have tried to quit in the past and I would get super intense cravings that would sometimes last for hours but with Chantix they aren’t as intense and they only last for 5-10 minutes. It has been a big help to pretty much every person I have talked to. I wish it was something anybody willing to try and quit tobacco could get for free.

  27. Lee

    I had the sweats for maybe 2 weeks, sleep? I didn’t get a great nite sleep until day 20 or 25.

    Hang in there, it’s part of the road map to quitting.

    Jeff
    Day 198

  28. I quit last Wednesday and on Friday I got really sick with flu. It’s now Tuesday and still have a fever. Cold chills but sweating profusely, especially at night. Looked up what ppl go through when quitting and came across this. Is it likely what I’m experiencing is the withdraw. How long does sweating and not sleeping go on?

  29. Quit two-weeks ago. Swollen lymphnode’s below ears and headaches everyday. Don’t know if this is normal. Ears won’t pop either. Anyone else have similar symptoms? Maybe it’s TMJ from the dip?

  30. I’ve been experiencing major stomach pains since I decided to quit. Anyone else get that?

  31. Is it normal to have marks on my tongue shortly after quitting? If so how long until they go away? Only dipped for about a year about a can a week

  32. Been dipping Copenhagen (two cans a week) since 1991. Just ended up getting sick of it. Dropped it like it’s hot on the 1st of the year and could care less about having another dip. I know it’s only day 12 but i just told myself to simply not purchase a can. I buy one, I lose at the game.
    As for my experience, days 2-4 pretty much sucked because of sweating and inability to sleep good. From what I have read nicotine pretty much is out of you by the fifth day which is when I began to sleep good again. My gut seems to be much better as it does not get rotgut anymore from dip.. Oh and efff you Sean B from 1991 for telling me dipping was the cool thing to do…. i spent thousands of dollars because I listened to you.
    it’s mind over matter really. Just tell yourself you just won’t buy another can.. walk away from it like a man.

  33. K…so, I decided to actually stick to a resolution this year. Been dipping for about 16 years, and a can a day for about the last five. Decided to go down to pouches, did that for about three days. Mad crazy mood swings, anger at everything. The cats. The wife. The chair. The sky. I decide this is what PMS must feel like. I power through with lots of distractions.

    I am now ending day 2 with no tobacco. I have been using a vaporizer, almost as a security blanket I suppose. Figure this weekend I’ll quit that too. I have the majority of the nicotine out of my system, and will likely wean off over the next two weeks. I count it as a win though. The last time I went two days without tobacco was in 1998, I think.

  34. My son quit chewing about a month and a half ago he is experiencing rapid heart beat of 158 or more tingling in the fingers and feet several times a day, are these withdrawal symptoms?

  35. I have been trying to quit for 3 months now. Have made it 2 weeks one time without a dip of snuff. I have absolutely made my mind up that I am done. I am tired of worrying all the time about the effects snuff is having on my body. 16 year habit is going to be tough to break. Wish me LUCK!!!!

  36. Austin the it from me I am 33 anD chewed since Jr high I quit three weeks ago cold turkey. It was horrible but now I am fine. I wish I would have never started or quit a long time ago it kills me to think of my children going to my funeral because of oral cancer.

  37. So I’m 20, dipped a can every couple days or so. Started late in high school because my whole football team did and I guess it was “the thing to do.” I’ve only been quit for a few days now, but the headaches are absolutely awful, almost to the point of not being able to do anything. It’s a good thing I’m on Christmas break or I’d be in bad shape

  38. I’m originally from Canada but live in the states now but still go back to Canada every year at Christmas to be with family. Anyways I didn’t realize we were leaving so soon after I got back from college and didn’t have a chance to get a log to last me the week (I dip roughly a can a day but my parents don’t know this). A can up here in Canada (Ontario at least) costs around $25 yes $25 for a single can of skoal unreal so I decided what better time to quit. I’m on day 3 now, dip dreams are vivid and the withdrawals are evident but I’m going to stay strong and will get through this.

  39. Just a question but was the first 2 week extremely hard for you guys as well?? Cause I am trying to be strong but it’s just hard

  40. I quit cold turkey about 6 days ago, and I’ve been getting these weird, random pains in different parts of my jaw. Anyone else experience this? It’s really random and it seems to happen more when I think about it

    • Yep… I definitely experienced jaw issues. I always referred to it as “tingling” or “crawling” jaw. Felt like the damn thing was going to run right off my face. Hang in there!

  41. Michael

    Good for you! Throwing away the cans is the first step!

    Now fight the nic bitch for 72 hours, drink allot of water and get seeds and fake stuff.

    Let us know how you are doing.

    Jeff
    Day 114

  42. Woke up today to a nice breakfast and a dip of Red Seal Natural Long cut. The same routine I have had since I was about 17. (22 now) I decided my face was looking unkept so I decided to shave and go get a haircut. I got the haircut, and came back to shave, and noticed the lower part of my face, (Jaw) looked a tad bit different. This was nothing major, and nobody else has noticed, but I sure as heck noticed. I looked in my mouth, and yes, it is deforming just enough for me to be able to see the difference. I decided today at around 12 PM I am done with this crap. I know it is a long road ahead but I am ready to quit. People have tried to get me to quit ever since I started. I am a pastor’s son, so people at church would always tell me I need to quit, and I just laughed in their faces saying I would be okay. Well I am not okay, and that stuff is too important to me. That is not a good thing. I am done. Throwing out my two cans I have left. (I used can a day)

  43. Quit on tuesday , now I fucking hate myself and everything and the rain and the mud the trash eating dogs and the cow shit.I’m Seriously depressed, and i learned you can not drink while you’re doing this.

  44. switched to pouches last month take a regular dip in the morning and evening. This weekend found myself dipping like a mad man again. I want to quit but not sleeping and the headaches are killing me. I thought the pouches would help as it feels like I get no nicotine from them. I CRAVE the dip.

  45. First day trying to quit after a can a day for 5 years, dipping for 8 years. Took one in the morning (630am), one at lunch (12:00) finally at 430 started to feel like shit. freezing cold (73 degrees in here), nauseous, achy, headache. Is this normal for my position?

  46. Been chewing for 23 years and now I am 51hrs into transformation. I chew 1 1/2 cans a day. Now my body is feeling very bad, restless legs, shaking, eyes burning, lack of energy, fuzzy, irritable, and not thinking clearly. This is tougher than I thought! Does anyone else fall asleep and jump back awake with tingles through our body?

  47. I have been reading some of these comments for a while now, and I am now on my 5th day of quitting.

    My stomach feels completely jacked up and getting to sleep is really hard, but I will fight through this. Making it two weeks and beyond would be a great 23rd birthday present.

  48. One more thing, my cheek feels stiff, almost like its thicker. My other symptoms seem to be going away. I think part of my painful gums was because I wouldn’t quit messing with em throughout the day. Anyone else experience the thick feeling cheek?

  49. Oh hell yeah dude, that sensation didn’t leave me for a long time, it’s all in your head. You know like itching on a leg that has been amputated? It is the power of the mind. Crazy I know, but I had your same symptoms and probably a bunch of other dudes in here. In any case, just take it as a sign, that this time the quit is for real. Keep it up.
    In fact I invite you to post with us if you want, we are also helping a new guy in this other forum.
    it’s called “What to expect when you quit Dipping”

    http://www.killthecan.org/your-quit/what-to-expect-when-you-quit-dipping/

    JayP, Jeff, Myself and the new guy Rick, he is on his 15day, said he stopped cause he saw us posting everyday and got inspiration with our stories. In Any case, good luck with your quit dude.

  50. Ok. I was quit for 4 years after an on again off again habit of about 7 years. This last time was for about 6 or 7 months at about a can per week of pouches. I have that sensation in my mouth like I just took a dip out, but its been like 38 days. It feels like something is in my cheek when it isnt. Dip pocket still a little tender. I went to the dentist and he said all looked well and that my gums didnt even look like they were recieded. No sores, or anything that looks out of the norm. Just scared because I shouldnt be feeling a sensation that something is in my cheek… any ideas? Similar experience??

  51. Bret, of course the best diagnose would be from a Dentist ( I know I hated when people said that) but that is the best answer, Now if you were to share how long you did it? what the symptoms are? any sores?, any pain? how many cans a day? That shit is powerful, but the Body is an amazing machine or live organism that has the power to heal itself over night, every time we go to sleep all these little agents go to work and try to repair the damage that happens or we do to it during the day. isn’t it awesome?
    I am on day 91 and still have not gone to the dentist, but I feel much better, just brush everyday and use mouth wash, I heard some people using coconut oil to kill the bacteria and promote better oral health. Good Luck, you doing good.

  52. This time for real. I have been so scared this last 30 days that maybe I quit too late. Ill never touch this stuff again. I just worry that something serious is going on. Will my mouth start to feel better soon or do I have a ways to go?

  53. We all go through that. The body is healing so it’s throwing all that shit out, my only question is, are you serious this time or are you waiting to heal and start again? It’s up to you.

  54. K, so I quit on 9/15. I hate this shit. Im doing great but ive had a little bit of pain in my dip pocket. Is this normal for being quit that long? I chewed for about maybe 7 years off and on, quit for 4 years then started again for about 7 months and been quit again since Sept.

  55. Well Hell guys, here is the thing, since I started my quit, (day 80 in 17 minutes) I’ve been here barking around to the four winds how shitty this endeavor has been for me, but as I read more of yall’s stories I know you guys are getting the raw deal as well. By bitching and kicking everyday we’ve been able to dodge the bitch bullet, that’s heroic boys. I said it before and I am saying it now, tough guys chew on that shit, but it takes a Chuck Norris caliber of a dude to quit. We are there quitters, We are freaking there, we reached that level of bad assness (if its a word).
    Now along the way I called out and challenged some tough dudes or ladies to join us in the quit and test their toughness, well hell, some did as a matter of fact three bad asses took the challenge that I am aware of. JOEY (THE LIPSKI) CARNS, Brandon and Now Rick are on their way through hell like we all did it. Crazy motherfuckers!! but I applaud them for having the guts to take on the challenge.
    If you are reading this post and got the guts to start the quit, DO IT!! quit pussy footing around and start, START!! I DARE you to go through those three fucking days of Hell, one day you’ll be glad you did it.

  56. Hey Brandon, Did you make it through the day?

  57. *****************************************
    Awesome Brandon, Welcome aboard!! Now lets kick that can and Don’t Look Back.
    Get Ready for the 3 days of Hell ahead, We all counting on You, When a new Brother Joins, it makes us all stronger……
    **********************************************************

  58. Good Job dude, hang in there.

    I remember going through that fog, but this is how its gonna happen because it happened to me, you are going to wake up, do your normal routine and then all of the sudden as you are driving or at work, you are going to “remember” to feel bad, but guess what, you aint foggy no more, it’ll make you feel good inside and if you tell someone around you, they look at you weird, cause they don’t know, some of them that know about your quit actually feel good for you. In Any case, this episode alone will give you strength to keep going. Something to look forward to huh? Kick the can, crush that Bastard.!!!
    laters….

  59. Day 21 Still having Fog

    • My 5th day I’ve dipped for 25years feels like I’m in a dream world my shoulders and neck ache. Cough drops have been a big help

  60. Well, can’t win them all. I am on day 78 and I am staying Quit. You all take care.

  61. Hey Joey, I hope you are doing ok on your quit, just get mad at the can, stay strong and kick its butt.

  62. Well Hot dam Joey, it is usually the other way around when the older brothers help the younger ones, but shit I am so dam glad you started your quit, I just finished posting a bad rant about my quit, but since you responded I found new strength to keep going. I shit you not, I had my keys ready to go to the store and get a can and start dipping again, here is what I wrote:
    ______________________________________________________________
    Day 65

    It doesn’t get better, this really sucks, i’ve had a craving all fucking afternoon. I saw this dumb fuck fat fucker taking a huge dip and spitting in a cup today while I was driving and I hate to admit it, but it was a fucking delicious sight, Ugly motherfucker in a beat up truck, to anyone else probably a disgusting scene to see, but to an ex dipper like me it was a really spectacular view, my mouth has been watering and I have been fighting the urge to just go and buy a can. Now I know I am just a piece of shit addicted ex dipper. I wish I could report that I drove by and I didn’t even get tempted, I wish I could say like in other posts I had my head high and felt bad for that person dipping, but no, I felt less than dirt because the craving is still there and seems to be more powerful than ever.
    As I am typing this comment, I am wondering if I should share it, as I do not want to discourage the ones that are just starting, but the truth needs to be told, the journey aint easy, even when you get 2 months under your belt.

    damn it all to hell, I wish I had never started this fucking shit, this is Hell.
    ______________________________________________________________

    Now you have to be strong so I can stay strong, that’s how it works, I really thought people talking like this in here were full of shit, but now I know it’s true.

    So Who is Next?
    ***************************

    • I’m next!! I’m tired of being a slave to this cancerous shit.. Thanks for posting bro. You and many others on this site have inspired me to quit. I need to just throw this can away.

      • *****************************************
        Awesome Brandon, Welcome aboard!! Now lets kick that can and Don’t Look Back.
        Get Ready for the 3 days of Hell ahead, We all counting on You, When a new Brother Joins, it makes us all stronger……
        **********************************************************

    • Way to go bro.

  63. JOEY (THE LIPSKI) CARNS

    ME I WANNA BE FIRST!! Its only been 9 hours for me and im so scared, i just feel so lonely i dont even want to leave my house grizzly straight was my best friend for 6 years and i also had a girlfriend for 6 years i thought that was bad to get over but god dam this is 10x worse i just lose everything in life but i refuse to lose my teeth or my tounge you guys are an inspiration i have one lip left in my tin and im waiting for a good time to do it which is tonight for the game than after that im going midnight on thanksgiving aka cold turkey ride or die with me boys i love yall

    #KILLTHECAN

  64. I hope so Jeff, if I ever did anything good on this earth, I hope that is it.

    I met a lot of tough guys that dip, but it is even tougher to quit and stay quit.

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

    Now, Who is going to be the first?

    • Good reply deepy. Been chewing 4 20 yrs. Starting to get massive headache and neck pain. One can firmly a day for me. My mom just passed on so quitting is gonna be real hard. But I’ve got kids to care for and I don’t like these symptoms. Very scary stuff. I thought that if my diet was solid and I worked out and drank lots of water I could keep drinking & dipping for a long time. This really sucks. Gotta quit before something quits inside me. Might be too late as I have these deep pains in my jaw neck and back of my head. It really sux that u have to quit things u love.

    • Day One…been dipping for 27 years. The “fog” is hitting me hard today, but I feel strong.

  65. 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?

    • Love it!!! Calling chewers out there is awesome! It takes a bigger man to quit! Nuff said!
      Hey Deepy. With this call out, you might actually save some lives!

      Jeff

    • My name is Bobby and I have been dipping for almost 9 years and I have told myself I was gonna quit about a million times , it obviously hasn’t worked yet , I have a 20 month old and married and I just don’t want that crap around my family , my wife hardly kisses me anymore because she is always saying my breath smells like dip and that irritates me because I brush my teeth more than anyone I know. I dip anywhere from 1 to 1 and a half cans a day and I can’t keep a dip in longer than 15 to 20 minutes without spitting it out but I have built quite a few triggers over the years , I dip a lot at work and while I play golf , after meals and anytime I get super stressed I crave a dip , sometimes I beat the craving sometimes I give in , basically I want to quit for me but also I want to quit for my son and my wife , I want to be a good role model and a good husband who my wife likes to kiss again , any tips or advice id greatly appreciate

      • Bobby I have been dip free from my can a day habit for 19 days now. I started dipping while in the Army over 20 years ago. I have been using the patch and taking welbutrine. I am now down to the lowest level patch every other day. I didnt think I could ever throw the can away but I am doing better each day. I was inspired by sitting in the doctors office with my 62 year old mother at the beginning of the month. She was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. She quit smoking in 2006 but it still got her. I was basically scared straight as I never want my kids to ever have to sit through that kind of news. That was one of the worst moments of my life and I happen to have spent 26 months in Iraq and lost some friends over there. So I used copenhagen as a crutch all of these years to get through the stress of military service. I am not completely nic free but this is working for me. I plan to be completely nic free by mid july. I will orobobly use the welbutrine long term as I use it for another condition. Its a painful process but not nearly as painful as what my hard working mom is about to go through. BEST of luck Bobby hope you can find the courage to gain your freedom from the can.

  66. Haven’t had a drink in a year but I kept dipping/smoking, then I got back in the gum so I quit smoking. So that has been around 5 months ago but I was still dipping. Now I quit dipping 3 days ago and the thing I’m struggling with is my irritability and headaches.

  67. Second week and trying to keep strong. Reached this page after googling the heartburn and throat burn. Throat burn is increasing in the second week.

    Eating a lot, generally! Putting on weight which is getting me depressed lol

    Keeping myself busy (IT Engineer here) by challenging myself with doable coding short term goals (a small personal project that will go large eventually)

    My only advise would be to keep yourself busy! Easier said than done!

    Praying a lot as well!

    All the best everyone!

  68. i’m a 22 year old college student athlete whose been dipping for 8 years at a tin every 2 days. I’m on day 16 of no tobacco and its not a simple task. of course before when i tried to quit i told myself that this was the last dip and i was going to quit tomorrow, but what i realized was I DIDNT WANT TO QUIT. Every situation is a trigger for putting a chew in but there is ways to beat it. The most important thing when it comes to quitting is you have to WANT TO QUIT. dont quit because everyone tells you that you should or your significant other says to. Quit for yourself and Your life. Take control of how you want to live. for anyone who throws in chews on the daily start by changing to pouches….. Yeah i said it, pouches. People wil tell you to man up but its your health were talking about here. the last month i did pouches and its pushed me to WANTING TO QUIT. when the urges come do something else. Flavored toothpicks is what i use but also gum,seeds, non nicotine alternatives, or eat something when you get the urge. Lastly when it comes to quitting simply stop buying tins. seriously! dont have a tin around and remember you’re bigger than this. You can beat this and you know you can!

    • I’m with Austin on everything he said. Well put. I found my biggest thing that’s caused me to give up the quitting effort in the past is the fear of talking about it too much. Obviously all your loved ones are gonna be there for you, that’s a given. But as much as it’s on your mind and you feel like it’s affecting you in one way or another, sometimes it’s all you can even think to talk about. And I’d ease my mind by saying to myself, “well hey, once we’re outta here we’ll get you a dip. Just calm down.” And that’s when it’s all over, man. Once you’ve stopped fighting it mentally, you’re dead on your feet before you’ve even taken a step to go buy a can. Remember you’re better than that shit and you won’t take no shit from that little 1.3 oz can. The answer is always NO. Don’t cave, don’t even think about it being an option. You quit for a reason. You might not remember what it is right now, conveniently enough. Funny how the brain works sometimes. But you know you quit for a damn good reason. Don’t forget that.

  69. John_the_Revelator

    Any one else having horrendous gas I mean some real foul stuff!

  70. I hit one month this last Wednesday. I’ve been eating tootsie roll pops and just eating a lot in general but at least I’m not dipping. This is the longest I’ve ever made it. Now the cravings are few and far between.

  71. For me it’s day 2 (can of cope every 2 days for 30 years) and the first day I slept 16 hours and today I just want to go back to sleep after sleeping 8 hours. I ride my bicycle 15 miles to work one way, 30 miles round trip so hopefully that will help. My lungs feel real heavy and I am very irritable. I’m drinking much ice water each day.

  72. Second day …..bad headache, sweats, and body aches. Brutal….dipped since I was 12 so bout 30 years. Dipped in the AM, on way to work, on way home from work, and while watching tv at night…..tough to avoid my triggers….

  73. So I quit on Wednesday (making this my 4th) day without a dip. I was doing 5 cans a day and have been dipping for about 15 years. My eating is out of control, can’t sleep, everything is a haze. It’s not terrible, or at least not as bad as I anticipated. With that said I have quit 3 or 4 times and have never made it past 1 month. I remind myself 100 times a day why it is that I’m quiting (I want to be here when my first born is born and want to watch him/her grow up). Good luck to everyone trying to quit.

  74. Last dip that is

  75. I had my last for forever (hopefully) 3 hours ago I’ve tried to quit before but failed. I’m a fireman and all the guys at work dip. What are some good ways of dealing with the temptations and the mood swings?

    • Well gum did help me but just telling my self that I’m not going to be a slave to tobacco and a lot of praying helped the most

    • I quit for 3 months straight, and then one drunken night decided to get a tin. I’m going to quit tomorrow.
      What helped me the first time in beef jerky, gum, and/or sunflower seeds. You will need the oral fixation.

  76. I have been dip free 4 days now and all I gotta say is pure hell!! The first day wasnt to bad 2nd day is where the fun began… intense sweating not being able to catch my breath no sleep but pulled through. 3rd day was same as second day but at night i had nightmares and couldnt just seem to sleep and constantly checking on my wife cause the dreams where so real.. today 4th day im getting through it.. i only dipped for about 6 years but i was a heavy dipper as a 1 1/2 cans a day this stuff is terrible and im gonna get through this no can is gonna beat me..

  77. Well still not dipping butt back to drinking so i can atleast sleep wish there was another way hopefully after the shock of no tobacco gose away i will start with no alcohol. And stay strong guinco

  78. Dipping about a can a week. Trying to get life insurance. I have tried quitting several times. Currently I havent had a dip today.

  79. 3rd day. Getting rough.

  80. Been drinking and dipping roughly 16 years real heavy quit dipping cold turkey Saturday and the only thing im haveing trouble is with my sleep. I wake up all through the night and take forever to even get to sleep.

  81. Sweating … God I quit after 30 yrs. The second night after I quit I woke up 3 times sweating like a pig. The next morning I didn’t smell very pleasant either. I kind of had a chemical smell. Has anyone else had this problem? BTW I dipped about a can a day.

    • This post is old, but yes. After six years of chewing I quit cold turkey. The first night I had to get up and towel off three times. The night sweats gradually went away after a few nights. My only concern now is a numbing feeling in my tongue and lower lip. It’s been 6 days since I quit and I’m not really struggling at all. I’m just a little concerned that the numbness is so persistent.

  82. Day seven cold Turkey not fun but doing it ツ

  83. Dip Dreams. It seems like since I quit chewing my dreams do not revolve chew. But I’m dreaming about chicks other than my wife. I never had those kind of dreams. Coincidence?

  84. What are normal symptoms of quitting smokeless tobacco in the first few days or first week

  85. Thanks…. I am back in quit wagon. I had quit for 56 days then out of nowhere I decided to test my strength. Boy! I will never do that again… I have done this before so I know the consequences of withdraws. I read an article about how nicotine control our brain and this helped lots. Well, let get started….

  86. I’ve weened myself to about a can a week and that’s going from about seven a week. Good to see the section about your mouth hurting because it feels like I have been having these odd almost phantom pains in various parts of my mouth and jaw. When I don’t think about it of course my mouth doesn’t hurt. Could this be anxiety, paranoia, etc.??

  87. How long until my taste and smell return to normal? I quit 4 days ago and my smell has seemed to improve but I have lost my sense of taste.

  88. Haven’t dipped in about a week and a half. I’m telling you. I’m getting hot flashes and the achy body, but I’m just telling myself to man up. its no easy journey by far, but I’ve found heading to a local gym steamroom/sauna helps the concentration and relaxation.

  89. He’s in complete denial. He doesn’t want any help .. he won’t talk about it. That’s the problem. How can you help someone that doesn’t wanna be helped?

  90. My boyfriend just up and quit & I had to find out the hard way .. Random outbursts, getting mad easily, shaking, etc. He is in denial & taking this real hard. He doesn’t even wanna talk about it. He has barely talked to me at all the past 4 days. What should I do?

    • Sarah – point him to our forums – http://forum.killthecan.org/ – there are over 18,000 members there that “get it” cause we’ve all been right where he is. It’s the best place on the web to get support and questions answered from people who know what he’s dealing with.

  91. I had blackouts and found out I was alky. You may want to checkout AA just in case.

  92. I quit drinking and chewing on Thursday night. I drank roughly a fifth of captin 100 proof and a tin of grizzly wintergreen a day. I’m not sure if it was good to quit both on the same night. I sat in bed last night for 7 and a half hours. Didn’t get any sleep at all. Hands/feel shakey. Sweating like crazy but I was cold. Basically it sucked. How long can I expect this? I’m only 21. Been drinking daily for only about 4 months. When I drink I like to blackout. (Is that strange) like I don’t have a few. I have the bottle. And fast.

    • I can’t say it’s “strange” for a 21 year old. Not smart… but not strange.

    • you need to be in a proper detox center with alcohol. it can be very dangerous with out medical supervision. please call a chemical dependency professional.

    • Hey man, you’re on the right track. I’ve been there and came out on the other side. Reply to my comment if you want me to reach out.

    • Get some professional help my friend . Quitting both at the same time was a smart way to go. You will get the withdraws out of the way all at once. Give your local AA intergroup a call. They will be glad to help with quitting the alcohol.

    • so hows that working out,Joe?

    • Have you had enough?

    • Hey Joe Im the exact same way and 23 hows the sobriety going. I was on the fifth game for a while eating no food. Did it for a couple of years and my body has been feeling like its going to die. I’ve tried to quit both before but hopefully it sticks this time. Its weird being so young but I will as if Im old. Hopefully my body can regenerate. Did you drink at all prior to the 4 month binge?

    • Joe…are you making this up to get attention?

  93. Will the dippers pocket go away?

    • Assuming you’re referring to in your mouth and not on your jeans. while gums will not “grow back” you may find some changes in your mouth as gums become more healthy. This also goes for the “pockets” where you kept your dip. I don’t think I’d say that they’ll return to your pre-dipping status, but you should see some changes as you move further away from your addiction.

    • Fill it with the money you saved

    • Hey I got my ears zapped by this company yesterday. It takes away your chemical dependency I suppose and you have to work on the habitual side. Seems to be working, I have brief episodes of the fog and dizziness but other than that it’s going great!

    • Okay so I pretty much two cans a day (cope longcut) for at least 5 or six years. I was told by friends that it helps ya quit smoking. Some advice. Anyhow, I quit 3 days ago and I am wracked with severe muscle cramps in my legs and back, along with the other usual symptoms. Did anyone else experience this? I’m a welder and I can’t afford to have my body freakin out, let alone cancer. I truly regret that first pinch.

      • it’s most likely that those muscles are in spasm, not cramping. Nicotine is a strong relaxant of skeletal muscles. A lot of chronic users who quit end up dealing with muscle tension issues. Relaxation exercises, stretching and massage will help, and they will most likely go away with time.

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