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When you’ve made the decision to quit dipping you need support. You’ll get it right here at KillTheCan! This site is dedicated to helping people QUIT dip, smokeless & chewing tobacco! It will be a long & difficult road, but we are confident that you too can be successful and quit dip!

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  1. Day 2….. I have been told I look rough… I feel it….

    • And while you have a ways to go you should take comfort in the fact that everyday gets easier. Just like atheletes say “one day/game at a time”. Very true, just keep winning and soon it’ll be second nature.

  2. Today marks 2 yrs nic & tobacco free. Had I not came across KTC when I googled fake dips, no way I would have been able to stay quit. Keep it up quitters, it only gets easier, NO EXCUSES, JUST DO IT.

  3. Wow 500 days today!! What an absolutely crazy journey to get to this point….but so worth it. I still have issues from time to time….but nothing I can’t handle.

    Life is so much better NIC free!

    Can’t wait to hit 1000 days!!!!!

  4. Damn i almost forgot. 500 days without nicotine today. Crazy. I am so glad to be finished with that crap.

  5. Hello all… I’m on day 73. 1st time I’ve posted anything but make no mistake this site has helped me tremendously.

    I’m 46 years old, 30 year can+ a day habit. I quit for about a year, but thought after that I could have just 1 dip. I was wrong, I couldn’t.

    I spent the next 10 years being a can a day “ninja dipper”… I hid it from my wife, she occasionally would catch me and it would start a big fight.

    I stumbled across this site in Dec 14th 2016 on my afternoon break and right then and there decided to quit.

    When things get tough on come on here and read all of your comments… so I wanted to share my story and thank each and every one of you for sharing yours.

    Good luck! You can do it!

    • Wow, sounds like me! First time poster, day 98 and doing alright. 48 YO that did a can a day for 25 years. Can’t believe the control Nic had over my life, never again will I go back. Just registered here but have been lurking everyday and this site is powerful! Hang tough guys!!!

  6. I figured the best way to break free was to point my feet in the direction of QUIT and run like hell. 30 days quit, 28 days cold turkey.

  7. Hello friends, last I posted was Day 1 of no dip. I’m on day four as of today technically. Let me tell you…. It’s been a long four days. On the first night of no dip, I couldn’t sleep. My mind was racing, and I didn’t fall asleep until 3 am (keep in mind I work 7a-7p in a hospital) and had work the next morning. I got nicotine patches today, and I feel great so far. I’ve been craving: After eating, driving, work, and before bed. I’ve been hitting the gym extra hard the passed few days and that helps a lot. Also, I’ve been hungry as HELL, and have been eating non-stop. My goal is to put on more weight physically and the gym. Hopefully by quitting, I’ll be saving my life and getting these damn gains! Thanks for all the support, friends.

    • Glad you are still trying to stick with it. But keep in mind, you are quitting nicotine, not dip. Nicotine patches and other “quitting aides” that have nicotine is not quitting. The hell you went through will always come back once you go completely cold turkey, because its the nicotine leaving your body that puts you through hell. It’s best to go through the hell once and never look back. Get rid of the patches, gum, inhalers, etc. You can do it. I chewed on ginseng root to help with the fatigue and fogginess during those early days.

    • Hey Evan, Have you registered with the forums, and posted roll with your quit group? You should definitely check it out, if you haven’t already.

    • Evan, you are one day 1 tomorrow if you throw that shit away. Don’t make any excuse. Throw the patches in the fucking garbage.

  8. Just happen to stumble onto your site …Wow! Didn’t realize how bad I wanted to quit until I got here. Sooo wish I had found this place sooner!
    I’m 50 years old … been chewing since I was 14, and I mean everyday all day. Quit for a week here and there, but always found a reason to pick up another can and get back to chewin. Thanx and congratulations to all who have written their stories of success here …because I really never thought it was possible to just quit and be done with it.
    Kind of nervous writing this … because It kind of feels like I’m cutting off a piece of myself right now … but, TODAY I QUIT!

    • Good stuff bud! Today is day 4, and it’s tough. Good luck to you my friend. Stay strong and keep an iron will.

    • I’m on day 40 and man I understand what you are going thru, stay strong man it will get easier
      I have a calendar that I mark each day

    • I’m 51, been dippin skoal fine cut since I was 15. I took my last dip on Feb 3rd, almost 4 weeks ago. First few days were tough to get through the nicotine draw. After that it’s easier at times but harder than hell at other times. Thought I was going to break down and have a big fat dip last night, my mind was was really playing tricks on me, but I made it through. I’m not taking a dip today! Can’t wait to report my 100 day without skoal!

    • Kirt, I turned 60 years old last spring, done it , Copenhagen, since 1971. All day every day. Numerous times quit here and there. Always rationalized a reason to go back. I really encourage you, it ain’t easy. Like the song,, there’s a devil in the bottle and he wants to see me dead….except it’s no bottle it’s a little can. Lot’s more I could say but sometimes too much talk sounds like preaching.

  9. Forget tomorrow being your first day. What is the matter with today?

  10. Hello friends, tomorrow is day 1 of quitting. I work full time in an inner city ER, and it’s very stressful and that is the main reason why I dip a can a day. I see a lot of sick people, and I’ve got this constant nagging anxiety that I have oral/throat cancer. I went to my dentist and they scanned me for any abnormal cells and I was clear. Still, I’ve been having reoccurring sore throats, my tonsils were bleeding earlier. I know you’re not supposed to google symptoms, but I did. Which is another cause of my anxiety about cancer haha. Anyway, glad I found this site. Wish me luck brothers and sisters.

    • Great decision to quit Evan! I’m fairly new to KTC as well. My best advice is join the site, go to quit groups, and join “Pre HOF May 2017”. You will find a wealth of knowledge about what you are going through and what you will go through. More importantly, you will find a group of people (just like you) that will do what they can to support you through your quit. No luck needed, just fight like hell each day to stay quit.

    • Hello Evan, I highly highly suggest getting some things in place to lean on during your quit, some fake dips, something to help with the stress. Checkout the fake dip review section here. I quit & the stress got the best of me, ended up in the ER due to an anxiety attack. Never caved, but make no mistake, it is hard. Will be 2 yrs quit next week & proud to say I never cheated once. You can do it, exercise, get fake dip, ignore your asshole friends that give you a hard time, check in heard often. Good Luck.

    • Tomorrow should be day 2. Why put it off?

    • Tomorrow is day 1 for me as well. I’m here right alongside you!

    • Good luck and take it 1 hour at a time, then 1 day at a time, then 1 week, etc. It’s brutal in the beginning. Personally I couldn’t do the fake dip. I tried it with past attempts and it maintained my habit without the satisfaction, so I eventually caved. I am 115 days in now, best yet. I did have to find things to curb my oral fixation, ginseng root, gum, and cinnamon sticks, while still being different enough to break old habits and train new ones. That all this is after the first week, is retraining your brain and your body into healthier habits. The first week is sheer will power of not giving in.

    • Good luck Evan. I know how hard it is to not dip especially in a stressful situation. I recommend going to the gym if you don’t already. It’s a great way to spend time without the desire to dip. It also reduces stress. Good luck!

    • Hey Evan – the trick is to stay focused on what / why you are quitting…. Sounds like you are already there. The withdrawal is predictable so pay attention to the bad mood you are about to experience for the next 3 weeks. There is a weird fog that happens for another 6 months. Good luck

  11. day 269 for me. I am 40 yrs old and I wish I was smart enough to never pick up the habit @ 14. I still salivate like crazy and wake up choking on spit. I think they are chew dreams. I need to lose weight (6,1- 225 lbs), My suits are all tight. But I do not care… I am not going back to chewing that weed… Life is short.. too short to be stuffing dip in my mouth and missing out on living. I miss my roll call group from time to time and hope they are all doing well… I could not of gotten started quitting without them or this site. (Rock on Brothers!,I wish you all very much a ton of success in your quit!)

  12. I’m on day 74. Still in a pretty dense fog. Is this normal? Some days are worse than others. The anxiety has toned down quite a bit. Just fog.

  13. Day #460: Yes, I still get cravings from time to time, particularly a certain time. However, I wanna post something that I don’t think has been touched on which may still have an affect on us and don’t know it. How many of you experience some anxiety or irritability just after dinner? For me, this is still a bit of a struggle. I get really jumpy and moody after I finish eating. I think it is because that was when I would dip. I know we ALL remember how good a chew or dip was right after you finished eating, especially after pizza! Just like smokers do! Anyways, this has become the worst part of my day. If I go out for a walk or drive, I’m fine; but if I stay home and watch news or whatever, I’m just in a restless mood! I have just not found that replacement for chew yet, the after-dinner mint I’m still craving. At any rate, my spirits are fresher and I feel so much cleaner; I just never imagined, like so many of us, that this would be such a battle! I hope this post relates to someone and that your feeling on this is not a solitary one. Stay strong!

  14. Day 517 I was walking around and my mouth tasted like I had a dip in. A genuine dip. Had not thought of that taste since I quit. It was weird. How could I be tasting a dip with no dip in my mouth. No wad under my lip. I wonder if this has happened to anyone else.

    Then day 520 I got the craves again. Not as bad as in the past but I got them. I thought about something else and went about my day.

    I had posted earlier that all was well now that I hit 500 and the craves were over. I guess you can never let your guard down.

    Day 522, I quit with you today.

    • Hello-
      This is Jake U. I haven’t posted in awhile but have a few questions. For Dundippin I have a question for you. Do you experience any fatigue this far into your quit? How about any headaches or dizziness 517 days into your quit? Just wondering because I’m 408 days into my quit and still experience these symptoms. And Craigselk66, we’ve spoke before-but how are the symptoms now? I was wondering about any level of fatigue that you’re experiencing this far into your quit. And if you’re still experiencing fogginess and/or headaches? Thanks.

      • Hi Jake,
        Yes I do experience some fatigue. Thought it was more because I am 61 rather than being quit. This usually comes about when I go a day or two without working out. I really lose energy when I do not work out so I always try to get even a light cardio (bike and calisthenics ) every day.

        As to headaches or dizziness, I only get these when I do not eat a meal. I become a monster when I miss a meal. For me it is critical to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner the same time every day. If I miss slightly then I do get dizzy, headaches and all around grouchy.

        It is like common sense. Most advice is common sense but we do not follow our common sense and that is why there are so many Career and other coaches preaching common sense.

        I suggest that if you eat 3 healthy square meals a day, workout every day and get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep that your fatigue and headaches will go away.

        Also did you give up coffee when you quit because it was a trigger? Perhaps have a little coffee in the morning, it constricts blood vessels in your brain which may help with your headaches and dizziness.

        Stay quit. I quit with you today.

        • Dundippin-
          Thanks for the reply. I do still drink coffee. And I eat three healthy meals a day. Maybe I’m just experiencing different withdrawal symptoms than others. Craigselk66 was experiencing some of these symptoms. Hopefully he replies.

          • Jake U,
            Sorry I was MIA….we were on a family snowmobile trip and i had no cell reception.
            Here’s my update….headaches seemed to subside for quite a while, but then out of the blue I had headaches again last week. They are fine again now.
            The dizziness also seems to be getting better…..as Dundippin has stated…..consistent meals and some caffeine are the key for me. When i get hungry and blood sugar drops…..I get “lethargic”…..which seems to be a form of dizziness. And also certain lights trip the trigger for dizziness for me also….almost overwhelms my brain.

            Other than that….I continue to heal and creep up on 500 days!!

            Whenever I have a question or concern I’ve been reaching out to Dundippin….feel free to look me up on the board and shoot me a message…..

    • JCB… I’m day 50, can a day for 34 years….. I’m doing well, I still crave it but I’ can’t do those first 2 weeks ever again….sheer f’ing misery.
      I’m working outside and would love one but I’m standing strong and just NOT going to do it…. If I can do it everyone can….cold turkey, no substitutes, smokey whatever, I’m over it…Let’s get on with it

  15. On my 4th day of dip free. Absolutely losing my mind, getting extremely frustrated easy over nonsense. Haven’t used any alternatives. Quit cold turkey after having chewed for 8 years.

    • DO NOT go it alone, get some alternatives, go to the review section & check them out, way too easy to get your hands on some good stuff. Another DO NOT, do not think some fake dip will replace what you dipped, won’t happen. Good Luck, you can do it.

    • Barnswing,
      I am with you. I had rages into my 400s. Make sure you do alot of cardio workouts that will wear you out so you get rid of that extra energy. Make sure you eat 3 square meals a day. Do not pass a meal up. That could add to the tension and rages. Get plenty of sleep.

      I finally felt clear of the frustration and rages by mid 400s.

      I quit with you today.

    • Funny, you have same quit date as me and chewed about the same length of time. First four days were really not awful compared to previous quit attempts but today has been a complete blur. Can’t focus to save my life, literally, pretty sure I ran a red light earlier today just completely zoned out.

  16. Today is day 47 of the quit. Can per day habit x 30 years. Went cold turkey for the first 3 weeks and was out of my mind. I then started using the Smokey Mountain product and it really made a difference. I’m also starting to drop the 15 lbs I gained in the first 20 days of the quit. Never ever going back. For those of just starting your quit, it will absolutely suck for the first week. But IT WILL get better.

  17. I am started to quit I am dipping smokey mountain Wintergreen. It very good

  18. Hey guys, i’m on day 3 of quitting dip. Started dipping 4 in a half years ago when I played baseball. If anybody is having any questions about quitting, I found switching to different chew products that had less nicotine in it was a good way to start. Chew something you don’t care for, for me it was dark grizz long cut. Cope was my favorite but whenever I tried to quit cold turkey from that it was nearly impossible to do so. This time quitting, since I switched products I found the cravings to be a little more manageable and easier to deal with. They still suck though, the fogginess is still lingering and felt even a little nauseous yesterday. Can’t wait for the first week to be done. Good luck to you guys.

    • Have now gone 48 hours as of 2-15-2017 Don’t know if I will make 48 more without copenhagen. Need something to put in mouth. Keep eating things but soon to full to eat any more.

  19. Well today i made the decision to quit chewing tobacco. I have been chewing a can and a half a day for 8 years. Im only 24 and I really dont want this bad habbit to control my life anymore… Here goes nothing!

  20. Today is day 7 tobacco free for me. I miss it big time, but a little less each day. Any healthy alternatives you could recommend? I was a Kodiak user for 20 years and miss that minty burn…

  21. Today makes me a year tobacco free, couldn’t have done if I never found this site, thanks guys.

  22. The mental games are real. It’s easy physically but so much stuff makes you want to put another one in. I’m spitting my last chew out right now. Of course cancer can happen to anyone at anytime. But I’d rather not let this be the cause. Pray for me and others❤️

    • Luke, hope you’re still in there, the mental part is so real. You can be down the road two, three weeks and some devil pops up in your head and says, one can’t hurt. I will pray for you.

  23. Anyone remember Ernest from Ernest goes to camp, Ernest goes to jail etc? I couldnt remember what happened to him? Looking online turns he was a heavy smoker and died of cancer. According to imdb when he found out he had cancer he threw away his cigarettes and quit cold turkey but it was too late. Everyone on here just starting out on your quit or considering quitting keep that in mind, when you get diagnosed with cancer you will quit anyway but it will be too late. Idk why just thought id share that, i had no idea he was dead?

  24. Today is day 199. I hit 200 days of freedom tomorrow. Unbelievable. It just proves it can be done. 41 years of bandage. Long gone pecan.

    • Hey Doug, my fiancée just started to quit today. I know he could really use someone who can understand what he’s about to go through. If you are willing I’d love to get you guys to connect. My email is lr_rock@hotmail.com. He has been dipping since he was a kid and he is 41 now.
      Congratulations on hitting those 200 days of freedom! I’m impressed.

      • Hey Laura. It is hard to quit and your fiancé will need your help and support. I am doing it without support but I know how great it would have been to have someone there for me. Stay strong. I’m on day 188. Most days I’m fine but I still get urges. I’m sure one dip would put me back to day one. Good luck !!’

  25. I recently decided to quit thanks to a close family friend who has known me since I was born. We were heading to a gun show and I put a chew in and he said “You should really quit that” I replied “Why you do it” and laughed. He said ” He said my life is half over you have plenty of time to change yours, I’ve been doing this shit longer than you’ve been alive.” I’m 24 and have been chewing for 4 years. My wife and I are also expecting so that is added motivation.

  26. Quitting is hard, but if you don’t you’ll lose more than your dignity. I’m 28 and I’ve lost most of my teeth and have gum disease.

  27. Wanting to quit, any tips for the first few days. Also any tips for convincing myself to start day 1?

    • If you’re looking for convincing, you’re not ready.

      You need to make your decision. https://www.killthecan.org/facts-figures/the-decision-to-quit-dip/

      Only YOU can make it. When you do, you’re in the right place. Check out our forums: http://forum.killthecan.org/ With nearly 30,000 members it’s the best place going to get support and questions answered by people who know exactly what you’re dealing with.

      • Chewie, this site is awesome. Day 188 and could not have done it without this site and the daily reminder it brings. Just reading the entries on this site is enough to keep you going. Thank you Chewie.

    • Look @ the pictures & think of yourself!! It is a reality!!! Make sure you are doing this for you #1!! You have the most to gain – long term!! Depending on the amount that you chew, you may want to cut down first, for a week! Then go cold turkey. It only takes 3 days for it to get out of your system – physically!! Then the mental game begins. Know what to be expecting along the way. Stay Busy exersizing – working around the home etc… Tell whom ever you live with on how to help for the first few days. Walk away from the emotions and go cool off! I have been cold turkey for 19 days after chewing for 30 yrs. So I am w/ you!!!!!

      • Josh…..Good man !! Proud of you brother, I’m rock solid at 52 days after 34 years, can a day….back at farm , my helpers chew every day, doesn’t bother me one bit….
        I absolutely cannot go through that first 10 days again…. I would love to eat the top off of a skoal can and I’m not going to do it…. I’m golden gentleman…. ALL OF U CAN DO THIS…. I did…..

    • Tips? It’s called Smokey Mountain Wintergreen and Triumph Wintergreen herbal chews. Don’t know exactly what kind you dip but I was always a Wintergreen guy. Do NOT and I mean DO NOT put a dip in or smoke a cigarette whatever you do. My advice is to go with the nicotine free herbal chews, but if you feel like you needs to ween yourself off nicotine Triumph is designed to do that for you as they have different levels of nicotine in their fake chew. I’m on day 36 of my quit after 15 years of the nasty habit brother. If I can do it anyone can. Your first month is really gonna suck if you decide to go cold turkey, but I can tell you slowly but surely the withdrawal symptoms get better. Come back to the site if you ever feel the need to vent your frustrations because of withdrawal. We’ll all be here. As one already mentioned. Look st the pictures of what this crap can do to you. That is one of the biggest motivators that makes me stay quit.

    • Go and Google pictures of mouth cancer…..if you still need any convincing after that then you are beyond help

      Bill D…day 109

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