What To Expect When You Quit Dipping

What To Expect When You Quit DippingSo you want to quit. And you would like to know what it’s like. We’re not going to pull any punches around here, it’s tough. That’s why we’re all here.

Days 1 through 3 – Pure hell. You will walk in the fog. Nothing will seem real. Your brain is wondering where the hell its fix is and it is going to punish you until you come up with it. 72 hours, that’s all you need to get the nicotine out of your system. This is the only time you will go through physical withdrawal. Drink lots of water. Read, post, read and post. Don’t take your anger out on your loved ones. We always tell everyone………Make this quit about YOU. If you quit for your wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, kids, mommy or daddy, you will resent them during this period. Quit for yourself and come in here to rant. Yell at us. Bitch at us. We can take it. We’ve been there.

Days 4 through 20 – Here comes the mind games. The nicotine is out of your system now. You will still have some physical things to deal with.

  • Cravings
  • Irritability,
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to Concentrate
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Constipation, gas, stomach pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore tongue and/or gums

Yep, you have this to look forward to. Your brain is rewiring itself. It isn’t used to being in an oxygen rich environment. Your body is responding in kind. Everything is a mind game now. All the cravings you have are actually due to triggers. Triggers are events where you are in a situtation you would normally dip in. Mowing the grass, playing poker online, playing golf, working on the car………you get the picture. Keep drinking water, use seeds, the fake stuff, whatever you need to keep the dip out of your mouth. Remember, oral fixation is part of our habit, something you will eventually need to break. For now though, use all the tools you have.

Days 20 – 50 – You’re winning. Life isn’t great, but you probably had a couple of nights where you actually got some sleep. You might notice you’re going to bed earlier than you normally do. Not staying up to get in that last dip. You may notice some sores in your mouth. You’re thinking, “great, I quit dipping and now I have cancer.” You almost certainly don’t. Your mouth is healing itself. Tiny ulcers you’ve had for a long time are healing. We recommend you visit your dentist around the 30 day mark. Don’t be a pansy, just do it. He or she will be very supportive and they can explain the sores much better than we can. Don’t let your guard down. Don’t go out drinking with the fellas or the girls. We also recommend that you don’t drink for at least the first 50 days. Drinking is a huge trigger event and it weakens your resolve.

Days 50 – 70 – Cruise control. Life is really good. You still think about it, but this is good stuff here. Some people may suffer anxiety attacks during or a little before this stage. Some doctors say we dipped to relieve anxiety anyway. Some people can push right through this, others need a little help. Talk to your doctor before you quit or immediately after you quit. They will know what to do. Some give Wellbutrin or Lexapro. Lots of people in the support community take or have taken these medicines and can help you with the affects. Don’t wait till you get to this stage of the game to talk to a doctor. You’ll cruise through this stage much easier if you know how to take care of the anxiety or at least know it’s coming.

Days 70 – 90 – Late term craves, the doldrums, the blahs, the blues. Some people end up feeling like they are right back at day 1. The fog, the haze, the craves. It can be a tough time. You need to let people in your group know this is happening. Time to circle the wagons to get through it. It usually only lasts a few days. Fight through this and make sure your order your Commemorative HOF Knife or Coin.

Days 90 – HOF – Houston, resume the countdown. Enjoy the hell out of these last 10 days. You will be celebrating with your group as you all enter the HOF. It is a great feeling and an accomplishment you should not take lightly. Do something special for yourself and your family. They put up with your sorry ass for the last 90 days and they deserve something too.

100+ Days – Stay vigilant. Use the tools you have, to continue beating back any cravings or urges. You will still experience dip dreams and longings, but you are fully qualified to beat them down. Continue to post roll with your group. Get into the newer groups and help somebody out. Pass it along. Live the dream.

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  1. My wife hates it, but im lucky she doesnt bust my balls at all…But I know she hates it. Its digusting. Hell, I dip at work, office setting, no one knows (at least I dont think they do)..I just put in a smaller one, but the point is..unacceptable. But this shit owns me…37 yo, been dipping or smoking for the past 20 years…I no longer smoke, stopped that over a year ago, and actually smoking to me now is disgusting-the smell, the taste..Im hoping dip eventually, hoping I’ll have the same aversion to it. You guys are great those who have committed..even 1 day. You’re my inspiration.

  2. Well, I’m 32 and been chewing snuff since I was 13… I know too young. But I wanted to be cool and the life I lived in North Central PA consisted of hunting and fishing or prepping for it. Meaning, it was the thing to do while growing up. After bonding with our uncle Sam for 6 years I decided to quit. Well this seemed to work out for 2 months then Hunting season came back around and I was back in the saddle again… being cool saddle. Few years later I was chewing and watching TV with my gorgeous wife and she asked me to quit… well I did…for her. This did not last long, revenge prevented my consistency to maintain tobacco free. Well now I’m on day 10 and everything listed above I experienced this go around. WOW, tough few days for me… I mean tough. Wife is out of town and I planned this time would be best for all, plus I’m doing it for me/us this go around. Well I don’t feel much better about telling my story so I’m going to eat chicken and hit the gym to stop the cravings. Good luck to all!!!

  3. I have had a dip in from the moment I wake in the morning until I lay my head down to sleep at night…. for the last 20 years.. I am now in day 3 of cold turkey stopping and I have to say, the mental crap is the worst part.. “Should I quit my job? Am I appreciated at my job? Ups and downs emotionally of wanting to kick a hole in the wall one minute, to verbally assaulting the poor woman at the dry cleaners, etc.. Today should begin to be the point where the nicotine is almost out of my system but Jesus, it takes its toll… I went through yesterday feeling like I hadn’t slept in a month… groggy, irritated by anything…. felt what must be a little bit of depression because I was doubting everything that is great in my life … Sad how this drug consumes your mind when its starving for more.. but…. I will get through this… It won’t whip me… I will whip the can’s ass!

    • Hey Paul, congrats man.

      I quit last Wednesday night and was surprisingly feeling pretty good this weekend — could have been because I quit while my pregnant wife was away and she’s home again. But the mental crap is hard — I am feeling extremely distracted at work.

      Good luck to everyone!

  4. I am 23 and have be a user basically all day since i was in highschool. I have tried to quit and i dont seem to be strong enough. After seeing this website i am going to try again. It seems like a great place to come and read success stories and to push myself. if anyone has tips and tricks to it id welcome dang near anything. Thank you and God bless

  5. Day#2, been awfully tough. I feel like I am cheating with this smokey mountain, but I suppose it doesn’t have nicotine and tobacco in it, so it IS better. But I sure am an ornery SOB, lol! My wife (I sent here to see this forum) has planned to leave me a lone and let “me” do it. I have been on the Dip “hard” since I was 15, I just turned 40 2 days ago…..time to quit.
    I will check back in and give you all my progress, I will do it…just going to be a battle, so worth it, I know!

    • Congrats on 2 days of freedom Jay! Definitely don’t feel like you’re cheating by using an alternative like Smokey Mountain – you’re not. It’s a tool and in my opinion should be used liberally. Keep up the fight!

      • Will do and I will keep you all posted out here as well. Day#3 still kicking the cans ass! It seems to be getting a little easier, I definitely don’t feel as “spaced out” like I did in Day 1 and 2. So I will keep on keeping on and let you all know where I go with it, thanks for the support (Lord knows us dippers need it!!)

  6. 36 hours in. I’m feeling it. I’m sitting at work, distracted, and fighting myself to buy a can after work. I have a pretty good headache going, but nothing I can’t handle. Reading the things on this site have shown me it is possible. Thank you.

  7. I’ve been down this road at least 10 times in my 25 plus years of dipping. Well I’m at it again and have been sitting at my desk feeling pretty useless, dizzy and constipated. Soory Guys! Anyway I’m glad I stumbled into this site and will read every post and listen to all the words of encouragement. I’m on day 3 without my mint Skoal long Cut but I am using the Lozanges about 3-4 times a day. As crappy as I feel I know I have to man up and show up. Gave up the booze almost three years ago and never thought I could live without a cold beer. I actually told my wife I would get sober if I could dip for the rest of my life. I have been knocking back 2+ cans a day for at least the last 10 years. After reading about Tony Gwynn bascially using the same amounts as me and dieing from mouth cancer, it got my attention. My goal is to be off the Nic lozanges in the next 3-4 days. Please keep sharing your stories. And whoever came up with this site, CONGRATS and THANK YOU!!



    • Telling all you out Herr quitting…supplementing with the fake dip helps. I have been using the Smokey Mountain….I just ordered some of the “hooch” brand as well. Anything has to be better than the tobacco and nicotine. 25 year vet…on day 3, getting it! Its tough, but whatever, shits getting old, time to start a new chapter.

  8. I’ve been dipping off and on for about 17 or 18 years just quit 6 weeks ago for the third time I’m 41 and tired of the bleeding gums receeding gums sores and the ha and teeth just hurting. My jaw on the left side is hurting and popping all the time since I quit. Is this normal I am chewing a lot I mean a lot of gum the nicotine and regular sugar free anyone else experiencing this? Your feed back would be great?

    • Greg – Jaw pain, especially when you’re chewing that much gum, is 100% normal early in your quit. That said, I’d strongly suggest you drop the nicotine gum as it’s prolonging your pain. Once the nicotine is out of your system (72 hours) your recovery can truly begin.

      • @Greg, I concur with Chewie here, don’t prolong your quit, drop the Nicorette gum and grab a can of fake chew (if you’re strong enough).. The first time I quit, which was over 15 years ago and it only lasted 6 months, thanks to a fishing trip with a bunch of dippers, I used sugarless gum and Nicorette gum, mixed. And YES! My jaw muscles hurt from all the chomping. Even after I quit the Nicorette gum and just used sugarless, my jaws were always sore. “TMJ” I think is what you are experiencing..Google it! I have been off the nicotine for almost 7 days. I have been using Fake Chew, pretty good stuf these days, not like the old shit that tasted like plastic in your mouth. Smokey Mountain and been dabbling with Hooch, both seem to be close to my Skoal Wintergreen. I am also using Sunflower Seeds, Beef Jerky and a little gum. Anything to handle the oral fixation us dippers face. BUT NO NICOTINE OR TOBACCO….I am done with that shit!
        Let us know how the quit is going Greg, but drop the nicotine as Chewie says, you are only prolonging the addiction, GODSPEED!

    • Also, just in case you wanted to try the fake stuff, Meijer (if you’re in Michigan) sell the Smokey Mountain fake chew. It is tasty, you do get juice from it, a great alternative! And if you’re not in Michigan, I know there are Walmarts all over America, they too seel the stuff. Hooch has to be bought on-line, at least where I live. There is only one store that sells it in Michigan and it’s about 250 miles away, I like the Smokey Mountain better anyway. But that’s just my taste buds (what is left of them after chewing for 25+ years). Take care and good luck!

  9. I was on this site over a month ago, registered and found it difficult to post roll call Daily but was and am completely committed to my quit. I had been dipping since 15, and and am 36 now. I ran through 5-6 cans of Copenhagen, per week for the last 13 years.

    Being cool and playing baseball got me to try it. It tasted like shit and I almost puked every time I took a dip. Before I knew it, This bitch stole my soul. I always convinced myself that because you seldom hear bad about it, compared to smoking, that I’d be fine. So I justified this Nasty fucking habit… Cope was my best friend. Always there for me through the good times and bad.

    I’m on day 33 now and I sincerely thank KILL THE CAN crew and members for your testimonials, time and care for people like me, addicted to nicotine. This shit is no joke. We’re in this together and together we will fight!

  10. Not so long ago, I was browsing through all the comments, on this site, thinking about how amazing it would be, to be free from that little devil in my pocket, called snuff. I am now on day #73, cold turkey. The withdraw timeline is extremely accurate. Although, I will say that it has been a hell of a lot easier, than I ever could have imagined. If you make it through the first two weeks, you can make it to a hundred. Just stay strong, and be prepared for how you will handle a strong urge to dip. I found it best to stay busy, and always keep my mind on something else. But, DONT LET YOUR GAURD DOWN. I almost had a slip last night. I had a few drinks with friends, and someone offered me a dip. I took one hell of an urge, which surprised me, because I haven’t had any lately. So, It has caused me to refocus, on what’s important, and Im just as determined as ever to get rid of the junk. I will not let something control my life.
    Read the timeline, and know to expect. The first three days are terrible, and I suggest you limit the amount of time you have to spend around other people, on these days. Be a hermit. Other than that , good luck to you all !

  11. Dear All,

    I want to write a bit on what is happening to me and get a bit of advice as well. I was a smoker for 12 years and was dipping together with smoking for the last 7 years. After multiple attempts with cutting down, loznge, patch, gums etc I finally quit cold turkey this June 01st (my wedding day :)). When I quit, I was either 20 cigs a day or about 10 Cigs a day with around 10 dips.
    The first 2 weeks was very tough and it got much better there after. I am completely nicotine free since I quit except on one occasion around 4th week. I was in a drinking party and casually took a Skoal pouch (rationale being I never used a pouch during dipping days and just 1 wouldn’t make me go back). Around 5th minute into my dipping I realized my stupidity and spit out. Ever since I have never touched any form of nicotine. Today is my 53rd day of nicotine free (or around 25th day if I consider the earlier lapse) and was going great until last 2 days.
    The problem that is happening for me in the last 2 days is that all the memories of smoking/diiping is rushing back and is causing a deep craving. Like those memories, when you used to smoke when stuck in traffic, going on a long drive, when it rains after continuos hot days and so on. I am not sure what is going on with me. It suddenly feels like day 1 with all the fog and so on. I was doing absolutely great until 2 days back with hardly any cravings but all of sudden it is worse. I’ll try to explain this is in a different way:
    If someone very close to you dies or leaves permanently, then usuall the next 2-3 weeks will be emotionally very bad (you would be a ship wreck). But after that point time slowly heals you with grief pangs starting to lessen. By around 3-4 months, life starts to feel normal but out of nowhere the grief hits you back and all those wonderful memories with them comes again adn before you realise tears start flowing.
    It ‘s the same kind of feeling….. :(
    Please let me know if any of you have faced anything like this and would be glad if someone couldhelp me out.


    • @Shiva, I wasnt ever really a smoker, so i cant give you a lot of good-quality advice on how tough the battle is without smoking. I do think the two things are alike in that they are addictions of the same drug, nicotine. However, i was told just tonight that a smoking habit takes at least 4 months to get the nicotine out. I tend to agree that what is here on the site (72 hours) is what the smokless takes. But the mental and “habit”…of packing your cheek (or possibly puffing a cig)takes much longer (probably depends on the individual). As I mentioned to others on here, what’s been working best for me, is using alternatives. If i want a dip, i take a one, but its a fake on, no nicotine, no tobacco. Im done with that, i made my mind up. Sounds like you did too 53 days ago. It’s very encouraging to hear how far along you are in your quit…don’t quit-quitting! There are plenty on this site who are trying to get where you are today, keep it up!

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