Stop Chewing Recovery Timetable

The body’s ability to mend itself after quitting dip is a beautiful thing to behold.


Within … You can expect …
20 minutes … your blood pressure and pulse rate to return to normal. The temperature of your hands and feet will also have returned to normal.
8 hours … your blood oxygen levels to have increased to normal limits and carbon monoxide levels to have dropped to normal.
24 hours …your risk of sudden heart attack to have substantially decreased.
48 hours … nerve ending to start healing and your sense of smell and taste to begin returning to normal.
72 hours … your entire body to test 100% nicotine-free with over 90% of all nicotine metabolites to have now passed through your urine. You can also expect the symptoms of chemical withdrawal to have peaked in intensity.
10 days to 2 weeks … your body to have adjusted to the physical functioning without nicotine and the 3,500 particles and more than 500 toxins present in each chew.
1 to 9 months … your circulation to have improved substantially, any sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath to have decreased. Your body’s overall energy will have increased.
1 year … your excess risk of coronary heart disease to drop to less than half that of a Chewer.
5 years … your risk of stroke is reduced to that of a non-Chewer at 5-15 years after quitting.
10 years … your risk of death from cancer to have decreased by almost half if you were an average Chewer (one can a day). Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus is now half that of a Chewer’s.
15 years … your risk of coronary heart disease to now be that of a person who has never chewed. Your overall risk of death has returned to nearly that of a person who has never chewed.

Sources for the above stop chewing recovery data include the 1990 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on the “Health Benefits of Chewing Cessation, ” U.S. National Institute of Health, Medline Plus

© Joel Spitzer 2005
The original article has been modified to be more relevant for dippers and chewers.

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  1. Congratulation. I am a few days, from being one year. It feels good to be free from the tabacco leash.

  2. Charles Hollingsworth

    Been chewing for 27 years up to 5 cans a day currently on day one trying to quit

    • Keep it up! Today is 4 months for me. Sure, it sucked for about a month, but then my mind started to quiet down. I did get on Wellbutrin and Chantix and continue them both on the advice of the Doctor. I went with drug because wasn’t successful quitting before. Are the drugs helping? No idea, all I know is that I haven’t put that Devil’s Dirt in my mouth for 120 days. I’m ready to start tapering the Wellbutrin, it makes me feel a bit abnormal, I think it’s done it’s job. I can always get back on it if I deem it prudent.

    • 5 years today! 15 years of a can a day. Just writing to say it can be done, and it’s well worth it. If just starting to quit, know that it gets way easier! Stick with it!

    • Been chewing 40 years – currently 7 weeks no dip! Biggest key for me was to keep an unopened can in the truck – psychologically helped me as I wasn’t being “deprived.”

    • i hv been chewing for. the past 29 years now.. n currently on day 3.. confident of kicking this bitch… all the best to u

  3. On day three after 35 plus years of a can a day. It’s hell, but i’m done. Not getting my health and money anymore.

    • Hey Bobby, just wanted to see how you were holding up, brother. I quit on the 24th, my daughter’s first birthday. Chewed for 13 years, about a can a day.

    • Keep it up Bobby! I’m almost to 3 months, had back surgery and had to quit! BTW, turns out nicotine is really bad on your spinal discs; it constricts blood flow through the small blood vessels that transport blood, oxygen and vital nutrients to your spine! So you’re doin your back a plus!

      • I quit today I’m scheduled for a back surgery on April 10 so I wanted to go ahead and do it now instead of waiting until the last minute!! I’m only 12 hours in and starting to really crave one! I been dipping about a can a day for 15 yrs!! Didn’t know you had to quit dipping for a back surgery but gives me a good reason to and once I’m done I’m never dipping again!

    • Keep it up. Started dipping in 1975 took my last dip after averaging 5-6 cans a week on May 11,2013. Have had some cravings but well worth it

  4. Been dip free for almost 2 months. I am 28 and dipped for 12 years straight. Averaged a can a day. I had a scare right before thanksgiving and had to go get checked out for mouth cancer. Quit cold turkey on that day. My body still is recovering and getting used to no nicotine. I have literally felt it cleansing itself starting in my head moving through my chest now it’s in my stomach and lower abdomen. It sucks but I know in the end it’s all worth it. Stay strong folks.

  5. 15 days and going strong. I was talking to a man who had a dip in his mouth and I started craving. I hung in there and feel much better. I just got tired of doing Kodiak for 22 years. My blood pressure was dangerously high, shortness of breath, and being anti-social in order to take a dip away from family. I’ve tried many times before but I know this is it.

  6. Been chewing for 10 years since I was 12, started as a fast way to drop water weight for wrestling but it took hold from there, I am on day 3 of quitting and I didn’t even mean to quit, I’ve been too busy to buy another can so I saw my opportunity and momentum and I’m running with it. As someone who constantly had half a can in his lip my best advice is to keep so busy you can’t think about it, that’s what’s happening to me and after one bad headache I feel great! No anger no nothing

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