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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. Today is my first day. I have tried to quit in the past and have had no success. i hope to lick the habit to curb this time, I want save my mouth and quit causing damage to it. At a can a day i suspect it wont be easy.

  2. So i’ve gone 38 days without any kind of nicotine and I even went to a party tonight where everyone was smoking and vaping and didn’t ask to bum one or anything even though I was drinking (trigger).
    I’m not going to lie, I still have cravings every day, some worse than others, but I still refuse to take any form of nicotine and when I do I just chew my Orbit gum. Like I said….I’M 38 days..woooo.

  3. Ok so I went an entire day a And 2 hrs but I was drinking and I bought a can I took a dip and then threw the rest away I was at my wits end I felt like I was going to kill someone it’s my first time where I really wanted to quit but I gave in. I’m not proud but I went from a can a day to this I just really need some support I’ve only been dipping for 8 yes but it’s definitely got me by the balls if I can get by after this I feel like i will be ok. I’m not proud of myself but this shit is difficult can anyone Attest to this I’m here for some guidance please help

  4. Odd why cant i post a question?

  5. Any ideas on how to curb the anxiety?

    • Rob; pound I mean pound water. Keep eating small but frequent things like oranges to keep blood sugar level. Nicotine released blood sugar so most likely now u r low. If it is unbearable after a week to 10 days call your Dr there are scripts that can help with anxiety so u can stay Quit! I’m at 22 days and frankly it’s smooth as butter now. Everyone is different but there are better days ahead!

      DipBG

    • My doc prescribed hyroxyzine when the anxiety started hitting me hard. It’s non habit forming and works fairly well, just makes me a little sleepy. I also meditate and do yoga. Physical activity really takes your mind to a better place.

  6. You have to know this…it will be very hard to quit! Doesn’t mean you can’t quit. Nothing worthwhile is easy. I quit almost 2 years ago and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. But besides having my two boys it was my best accomplishment. Ever! Tobacco companies just want your money they don’t care about your life. Think about that when you’re trying to quit. I saw convenient stores with their cigarette and tobacco displays as a kind of hell. I think it helps to understand they just want your money.

    • I’m on day 31 of my quit. I used nicotine in some form (cigs, dip, cigars, nicotine gum) for 30 years. By the end I was dipping a tin of Skoal Long Cut Wintergreen a day.

      I would recommend using Allen Carr’s “Easy to Stop Smoking”.

      Yes, quitting is tough. But using the Allen Carr method I’ve also found it’s way easier than you might think.

      Try it!

  7. Hey guys I have decided to quit dipping. I have been dipping for for 7 years. I just recently had my first child and I want to quit. I have tried before but, I always give in to the cravings. I want to know what helps y’all stay off of it other then determination?

    • Get involved with our forums http://forum.killthecan.org/

      Over 25,0000 members that “get it” because we’ve all been there. It’s the biggest and best place on the web to get support and answers from people who know what you’re going through.

    • These forums help…every time I have a bad craving or want to put a chew in I get on the forum and write down how i’m feeling…then I chew my non nic gum. I don’t know why it helps but it does.

  8. Hey I’m sorry I post on here so much but I woke up this morning and found a sore on my gum up front. Is it normal to have sores after quitting? I’m on 9 full days going on 10 clean

    • Mike – NEVER apologize for frequency of posting. That’s why we’re here!!!

      To answer your question, YES. This is 100% normal. Your body is going through changes. The balances in your mouth (PH, etc.) are going through changes and normalizing. And you no longer have dip shoved into your mouth 8 hours a day so you’re probably grinding your teeth and biting your lips without even knowing it. Keep doing what you’re doing. Double digits of clean around the corner!

    • The sores are a great thing! Got my first 3 days ago and was stoked. Going on Day 8 now. Keep it rolling bruddah!

  9. This will be Day 66 for me and I am feeling really good. First time I posted here but saw this website when I made the decision to quit. This has been a great resource to see there are other folks out there battling this bastard Nic. I did get my blood work last week and even though I need to lose a few lbs., my blood pressure was back to normal compared to last year where it was high. I really feel this was because of my decision to get tobacco out of my life. It’s been hard at times and I definitely have had moments of fogginess that everyone refers to. But I feel like I am on the back side of that stage and ready to live a long prosperous life with my family. Stay strong my brothers!

  10. I don’t know maybe it’s the depression or the mind games, and with the mouth hurting deal, it’s hurting more now from seeds and other stuff then it ever had. I have never been a quitter but I want to quit quitting and feel better now. I have found it helps to smell a co workers can of chew when I get to this point of wanting a chew this bad bit I have none here at home lol

    • Going back and starting up again will make you as sick as a dog. It will destroy your confidence in yourself. Do not go back. Stop focusing on the quit and focus on anything but that. Distract your brain. Think about things that make you happy, all the victories you have had in your life and build upon that to make yourself stronger.

      You owe to much to yourself and your family to lie to yourself and think that going back will make you feel better. It will not.

      You are strong. You can do this.

    • Mike stay strong this is a life decision for you! It gets better…if u haven’t done so get on forum and join your quit group. Makes all the difference in the world.

      DBG

    • Well found a few things that seem to help. Packing my lip with shredded coconut and jerky chew I’m gonna do this

    • I’m half-way through my 3rd day–let’s go! We got this! Come on, Mike–we can do this buddy. I feel your pain..almost bought a can yesterday, but I got through it. So can you, buddy.

  11. Day 75. Things do get better. Finally getting over depression issues and the anxiety attacks and fogginess are getting better. I have constantly been anxious throughout the process but the depression came after about a month. I’m not certain but I think it had something to do with feeling so foggy and out of it for a month. When I wanted to be normal again and my mind wouldn’t allow it, my depression grew. This has been my experience. It has been very hard but I am glad I am at day 75 instead of day 1 right now. I honestly wished I was on day 175, but I’m not because I kept putting it off.

    Make the decision to quit today so you can be one day closer to freedom.

    It’s very hard work, you may often feel as if you are about to pass out, you may feel depressed and hopeless. Lean on your brothers a lot the first month and your chances of success will increase greatly.

  12. Well 1 week down and have almost given in multiple times but I haven’t I’m nicotine free and so far the only benefit I see is saving some money. To be honest I’m not myself I feel like shit and the cravings suck. The only thing keeping me going is the fact that my wife is proud of me.

    • Keep on driving down the path of freedom. Shit may suck now…you are in the suck…but you will soon feel slightly better. You are free from that cancer giving cat turd…you don’t have to lean on a weed to “help you out.” You’re making great strides. Don’t throw it away now. You got this.

  13. Day 3 here. Wow, what a great test of willpower!!! I’m 48 years old. Started dipping Copenhagen in 7th grade. Ready to be done with the stuff. Great site. Thanks for the support!

  14. If your really in need of something try using shredded coconut unsweetened it packs like chew and a 1 lb bag is on 2.50 found in the baking aisle of any supermarket. Also try using all the forums on this sight. I’m on day 54 after 27 years of dipping like you used to. Take 1 day at a time and do this for you.

  15. Day one here, second time trying. Dip is my life atm, i wake up , dip, keep it till im hungry or thirsty, then eat/drink, dip, over and over again until i sleep. I need help, going 2-3 hours without one is a pain. I dont think i remember how to get past the first 3 days. Any tips? Water, gum, should i get patches? Thx

    • get the walgreens nicotine gum its cheap and works great

      • the philosophy of this site is to go cold turkey. It’s a hard road, but having tried other paths, I think it is the most certain path to getting clean and staying off of nicotine. A big part of that is the support provided by others who are also quitting. That support is here, but much more so in the forum.

        Mathieu, if you throw out your nicotine, it takes about 3 days to get off the physical addiction. Unfortunately, the mental aspect can last for weeks and even months, but it gets better day after day.

    • Day 116 for me.

      Dipped for over 30 years and was up to 1.5-2 cans per day.

      Went cold turkey, and didn’t use any crutches like NRT or fake chew. Yes it was a bitch.

      Man up, stop whining like a little girl and quit!

    • Flush the contents of your can, stock up on seeds gum and water, join your quit forum February finger givers and use the resource to quit each day. Best advice available.

      DBG

  16. It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.

    Hugh Laurie

  17. So I’ll give you guys a background. I’ve been dipping for 6 years but at a crazy amount. So I went to the dentist Monday and they found that my gums didn’t look good. 2 oral surgeons found white patches that could be pre cancerous. So I immediately stopped after that. I’m now on my 4th day and this is like the hardest thing ever but I have no choice if I want a chance at preventing cancer.

    • That is the same reason i quit i went to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned and they did a cancer check and said i had pre cancer as well that could turn in to cancer if i didnt quit.Well that was 24 days ago and i havent taken a dip sense

  18. Day one here fellas. please be in prayer for me.

    • Congrats on taking back your life! Be ready for the 2 weeks for hell. Don’t give in to nicotine. Join the forums and let us help you quit. Quit for you.

    • Good luck paul! Thoughts and prayers coming your way 🙂

    • Paul – I’m 18 months quit myself after dipping for 35 years. I prayed and asked Jesus for the strength and perseverance to see his thing thru. I dipped every second of the day I was awake. You couldn’t be more addicted than I was (am). You can do this brother I promise. It’s not easy and no one else can do this for you (too bad we can’t pay someone to shoulder this damn burden for us!). Stay strong, stay quit and stay in prayer. Know that the daily struggle fades with the passing of time. Time is your best friend because every day that passes means you’re one day closer to complete freedom – and this freedom is awesome!!!!! I don’t worry about mouth cancer anymore!! So come join the party my friend and know that I will pray for you today. You will be successful if you stay focused and stay in prayer.

    • Coming to the end of my 3rd day here Paul, and I’m still alive!

    • I tried to quit many times over 25 years. What has helped me to get to day 43 is as follows. I no longer wish to be nicotine’s bitch. And I’ve managed to go my entire life without heroin, cocaine, or pot. Why do I think I can’t go on without a dip? You see, you can go on without it. It’s liberating. You owe it to yourself and those who care about you. Good luck.

    • Me too man… Starting now as well… It sucks

  19. 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.

  20. Chris, day 73 with you.

  21. Any quitters out there today? I’m on day 71. Who’s quit with me?

  22. Feeling proud of myself today. Went to the nascar race yesterday and didn’t have one thought of a chew/dip all day! Staying quit and loving it!!

    • On week six. Used chantix for first 6 days. Don’t miss dip at all and am surrounded by it at work. Law enforcement. Every once and awhile I smell a tin. But other than that just workout and fight the urge it will only last 2 min.

  23. I’ve made it to day 21 with a chew or anything. Still have the cravings and anger pretty frequently but I’m trying to manage that. Everything I want a chew I start chewing my orbits gum.

    • Congrats FTT, that’s awesome, I’d say the hardest part is over. Don’t give in, you’re doing great. I’m 108 days in and I think yesterday was the first day I didn’t think about a chew at all.

    • I could just be a lucky one but i have constantly been chewing on spits sunflower seeds and i havent had the urge at all. Then i do gum occasionally for the flavor.

    • FTT you got it made now buddy! 21 days in the books and just fighting the craving part of what has been with you for a long time. Day 66 and the cravings are not as bad for me as they were at day 21. Stick with it and fight through it. I quit with you and everyone else here.

      • Thanks you guys, it’s cool to know that I’m not the only one going through this and how you all can relate.

        • Day 50 for me and the days are starting to go by easier. Jakes mint and this site have been vital. I will not dip today. Good luck

  24. To all you quitters–it’s ONE DAY AT A TIME. You guys on day 1 or thinking about quitting, just say no for One Damn Day. You can’t change yesterday, you can’t control tomorrow. But anyone can quit for just one day. You CAN do that.

    • You’re right. It is one day at a time. I am currently on day one. I’m doing ok. The only time I actually went an extended period of time without dip was after an unexpected surgery about 8 months ago. I went 5 days. I had no intentions of quitting then but I wish i had because it was the perfect chance. However, I think stumbling across this site is what is going to keep me going forth. Good luck everyone!

    • I’m 36 hours into quitting and by far the hardest thing I have done I have chewed since the 5th grade and I’m 26 now. I have quit smoking but this is hard.

      • proud of you. hang in there. Read all you can–it helps to know you are not alone. Check out the forums for more support.

  25. Day 103 for me. Chewing for over 30 years and was up to 1.5 cans per day for the last three years. Quit cold turkey and refused to use any crutches like gum, seeds or fake chew. Wasn’t easy (In fact it was a real BITCH), but it was worth it.

    I’ve been lurking on this site since day one and never joined a quit group. Whenever the urges got really bad, a trip to this site helped to get my head straight. Still have urges from time to time, but they are easily ignored at this point.

    Just wanted to thank everyone on this site for being there when the urges got almost unbearable.

    • Same here i peak at this site from time to time to just remind me I am not alone with this addiction. Day 47 now and feeling pretty damn good about it. I WILL NOT DIP TODAY

    • Wow 30 years! I could tell I was increasing my use to 1 can a day and felt like I needed more! I was having tons of sinus problems, thick mucus in my throat, jaw was sore, headaches and sometimes blurred vision. I’m glad you quit! Stay strong. This site is nice to see what others have gone through.

  26. Day 5 completed for me. This could be the greatest website I have ever stumbled across. I have lurked around here for awhile and finally taken the plunge. Chewie your insight on smokey mountain single-handedly saved my quit up to this point just saying.

    • Thanks for the kind words Tom – happy to be of some small bit of assistance. Keep up the great work!

    • Tomorrow will be one month without nicotine being a part of my life. My morning’s consisted of coffee and copenhagen for 20 plus years. High blood pressure and fear of a heart attack pushed me to quit both. Twenty days in and the blood pressure problem has solved itself without drugs. I have used this site from day one and now understand how important it is to contribute. Hang tough and remember why you started this battle.

  27. Day 1 down. Monor headaches and cravings. Goodthjng i have a buddy quitting with me

  28. 385 Days Free and Yes I still want it but not like I use too! Never give up!

    • you shouldn’t still want it.

      • Wait, wut? You shouldn’t still want it? Who the fuck are you to decide what I or anyone else should or should not want. I’m 1year and 7 months free. I want a dip every fucking day dude. I want a dip right the fuck now as a matter of fact. But I won’t. Never will. I will always want a dip the rest of my life because I am still and forever will be a nicotine addict. So please don’t go around telling other people how they should and should not feel.

        • Don’t want to put words in his mouth… but I THINK (hope) what @shaef is saying is that you shouldn’t be “wanting” it any more – IE romanticizing it.

    • Wow. I will refer to chewie’s post. Wanting something and having urges/triggers/thoughts are totally different. I apologize for anything I misread.

  29. Hi fellas–

    Its been over two weeks since I’ve checked in–I have failed miserably! Really, I haven’t given it a shot. Quit for two days, got some Nicolette, started back up again. Now I’m doing both. Totally and utterly addicted. I have been told to set a quit day, and I’m holding on to that because it lets me procrastinate about quitting. I don’t know, man, I know I need to quit. I know it will kill me some day. And I also that know having support helps. Just wanted to get some words out. This is a highly contentious issue between me and my wife. She HATES IT! The most recent biggest issue was not my chewing, but that I have been lying about it. Got caught a few weeks ago. That’s honestly why I quit in the first place and when I first came to you. Talk soon.

    –Justin

    • Wow dude, you got your hands full. You gotta set a date & stick to it. It seems like if you do that, everything else will be gravy. Get some stuff to help, candy, gum, seeds, fake dip, if you go cold turkey without nothing to help you, the quit won’t last. Get your mind right too bro. Good Luck.

    • You are pretty much F’d Justin. You are a liar and an addict. You don’t want to quit, you tried to for someone else and failed. Your relationship is F’d, she’s going to leave you eventually because you are a lying addict. Simple truth. Right now, you need to tell her you love dip more than you love her and it’s not going to change–say anything else and you are a liar again. Tell her you don’t GAS if you get cancer or if you teeth fallout, you love dip. You are in a committed relationship with the can and willing to die to prove your love of the can.

      Look up outdoortexan’s story and embrace your future and tell you girl to leave you and your can alone.

      Hey, Nic is calling. Hurry along and stuff your face.

    • Loser

    • I know what you mean man! Honestly my best advice is to keep checking in and do NOT hang out with people who chew. And tell them do not let me chew and don’t offer no matter how many times I ask. Get in the other lane so you don’t turn right into the 7 eleven and look at health risks of chewing tobacco and just realize you will be a statistic if you don’t quit! Quitting chew is the hardest thing you’ll ever do and it’ll make anything else in your life easier. Honestly you will be a stronger man. You’ll be able to achieve whatever you want.

    • Haha you sound just like me when i was first starting to quit. Been 15 days quit it aint actually that bad. Use the gum with some of the smokey mountain honestly you wont have a problem. What made me quit was the dentist when i went to have my teeth cleaned. BTW my girlfriend hated me dipping but i would just dip all day at work and in the shower. You can quit bro aint that bad.

    • I leave you some advice. 41 years of dip is way to long to let the nic control me. Told the wife I don’t know how many times I’d quit. Did a few times with the longest being 40 days and the nic won again. Didn’t have this site to fall back on. Sitting on 62 day quit today and other than the mental “got to have a dip” part that hits once or twice a day, quitting is easy. The first two weeks are hell I will admit. Man up and get past that part . You got it in you. We all do. I’m an addict as well as you. Just quit. Live a better life. No excuses allowed. Take your life back.

  30. Day 56. I have started seeing a Psychiatrist because of all of my anxiety problems and it has helped greatly. I’m not saying everyone should do it but I am convinced that my therapy as well as not researching every symptom for hours each day has helped me get my mind clear again. For a long time I thought I was having a heart attack each day because the symptoms of a heart attack are the exact same as what we experience with drug withdrawal. Yes, I am still a little lightheaded and every now and again I get anxious but, in my opinion, a lot of what we go through is a consequence on focusing on our problems every hour throughout the day.

    This site is the reason why I was able to stay quit for the first month of the withdrawal period but once the physical withdrawals (cravings) went away then researching and visiting this site started to make me feel sorry for myself and feel all of the symptoms that have been reported. Use this site to give you the energy to set yourself free at first but be mindful that you don’t turn worrying about your symptoms into your new addiction.

    If I can do it… You can do it. Oh, and by the way, I feel better than I ever have before in my entire life. I’m as happy as I ever was when I had a dip in and the best part about it is that this feeling is free and not something I have to buy at a gas station.

    I hope this makes sense…

  31. Day 34 😀

    For me dealing with cravings was the easy part. Going through the withdrawal symptoms are the tough part. Been to the Dr. 3 times – twice for high bloodpressure and once for a bad sore throat and a lump that developed on my throat. Anxiety hit me really hard around day 17 and has been an ongoing struggle.

    Dr upped my bp meds and gave me a prescription acid reducer for the lump and said to come back in 3 – 4 weeks if it was not gone. He also prescribed hydroxyzine for the anxiety. I had 3 bad weeks obsessing over that lump and thinking it was cancer even as i constantly told myself i was overreacting.. Then I stumpled upon a quit smoking website where ppl were discussing the sore throat and lumps and it seemed to be a common symptom or quiting. I cant tell you how happy i was to read that!

    Meraculously, I stopped noticing my lump that same day. My mind is in a much better place since the lump is gone but im still dealing with the irritated throat. It doesnt hurt much anymore and doesnt look too bad, just red and inflammed. Sometimes it tightens up and i feel like im having an asthma attack or something even though i have never had asthma. I just sit down and try to relax and it goes away over time, just very annoying. Advil helps some, benadryl as well. If others are suffering from the same thing try those.

    Hopefully its all downhill from here and the throat will heal up soon! Thanks for this site, the expectations page has been a big help for me. Goodluck to all!

    • After my anxiety battle, I’ve learned to stay away from Google for anything medical. It will either say it’s not a big deal, or imminent death is upon you… and usually right next to each other. Research a zit and you’ll get a 3 to 1 ration of cancer pages. Google is a dark pit of despair for that sort of thing.

      • You bring up such an awesome point Chuck, Google can be your enemy for sure.

      • Your comment from oct 1 sounds like my experience to the letter Chuck, you described it well. Thanks for the tip about google, my wife says the same thing. Hopefully I won’t be having any new symptoms to be tempted to google, feels like ive already had every one in the book! ?

    • Well Daniel, long story short, I feel your pain. Been quit over 200 days, had chest pains a month or so ago, spent a few days in the hospital. I think a combo of stress & yrs of relying on nicotine to cope finally got me. Taking it EZ now, trying not to let the little things get to me. You are on the right path bro, keep it up. Still nicotine free. 🙂

  32. Day 100 today! Feeling great, now I gotta lose the 15lbs I packed on quitting!!

  33. What is the best way to get started? Pick a date and start weeding off?

    • Pick a date… as long as it’s today 🙂

      Register for the forum – http://forum.killthecan.org/

      Quit. Repeat tomorrow.

      The steps aren’t “easy” by any stretch but they’re simple. And they will help you attain your freedom.

    • #1 Stop this second, #2 Have something for the cravings (fake dip, candy, seeds), #3 Stay away from triggers for dip for awhile (for me, it was beer), #4 Drink water, #5 Check in here & post in the Roll Call section, there are a ton of guys just like you here that have been through every stage of quitting that can help talk you off of the ledge. Good Luck Sir, you got this.

  34. I just started a fake dip review channel on youtubehttps://m.youtube.com/channel/UC4iBLa_0ERTcqgPEipzHV6g

  35. Im 23 and i plan on quitting soon,i know i cant say i quit befor beacause im still dipping,but when i was 15 or 16 i auctually did quit,for about a month and a half i had absolutley no cravings or even thought about it really,but i got kicked out and stayed at my buddys house,still didnt start back up,but i was walking back to his house from walmart angry about something,and incredibly bored out of my mind,then i remembered….i remembered how the days didnt seem so long when i dipped,i just wanted that day to be ovef,so i baught a can at the local shop that nevef ids anybody,i hate myself for that beacause i was done and over dip,just the boredom gets too you,well anyways..i found herbal snuff,smokey mountain wintergreen,tastes amazing to me,wayyyyyy better than there straight flavor,YUHK!!! i know i can kick this disgusting habit and i know ill be buying alot of gum,seeds,and herbal snuff soon lol,ill be back the day i choose to quit,maybe this week,well see how crappy work is,wish me luck

    • I hate to say it, but it doesn’t sound like you’re ready. You’re “planning” to “quit soon”. Why wait? Does work REALLY have anything to do with your desire to quit?

    • Ryan, today is as good a day to quit as any. Do it for you and your health. The best reasons in the world

  36. I am on day 4 of quitting. I am a 20+ year user. I am the single father of an 8 year old boy and work in a stressful environment. I have been chewing gum like its gonna run away. I need something else to help with the cravings.

  37. Well.. I fucked up. Alittle over a week ago i had a bad seizure and ended up in the Hospital. It isnt the seizures so much as recovering from them. Its hard to explain but its like im on narcotics. It took 12 days before i felt normal. I know for sure nicotine or stress doesnt trigger my seizures now. Anyway i dont want it to sound like im using as an excuse for my fuckup but i really wasnt thinking right, im having a hard time even remembering those days now. I just tossed out my last half a can. I just need to write down why i want to quit so i dont forget. It is going to suck for the next 3 days but i remember from this last time how much better i felt overall not using tobacco. I had alot more motivation, alot more energy, i felt alot healthier and believe it or not after the 1st 3 days were over i was having alot more patience with every day things. I just have to get past these first 3 days. i dont want to sound like a hypocrite especially after throwing away 11 days.

  38. 10 days without dip and i’m miserable. I get aggravated now at little things and my temper is paper thin.( I used to be pretty chill and laid back)
    I’m worried that its going to effect my relationship and my friends, family and Gf have already noticed a change in me.
    I have been using gum, coffee and exercise to help with my cravings.

    • Talk to them! They will understand I have been chew free for three years now and I still will have those day. Talking with my wife about it really helps! Just keep up the great work!

    • Be honest and open with everyone. I am fighting the same fight. Just make sure you are quitting for you. If you are quitting for someone else you will resent them for this pain you are going through. Let everyone know and keep breathing. Counting 10 deep breaths has been working for me. There are times I am doing it every minute, but it is keeping me calmer and I am not letting nic back into my body.

      • I’m going to try the counting thing. This is hard to do when my girlfriend loves to fight with me. I usually just ignore it or let her win because I suck at arguing, but I’m definitely going to do the counting thing. Thanks for the advice both of you.

    • I know it’s tough but I know you can do it. What helps me is using chew alternatives. Jakes mint chew,Smokey mountain herbal snuff are great brands that will help your cravings.

  39. Almost to day 50. Can anyone share their experiences with depression and feeling tired after quitting? I know it is a difficult topic to talk about…

    • It’s very normal. Check the older comments here or the quit forum for lots of stories. At 61 days I’m finally starting to feel normal for more than one day. Good job on your quit.

    • Never had depression or anxiety until I quit. It hit me from out of nowhere, and I didn’t know what was wrong with me. One obsessive thought lead to another. My only relief was sleep, and the 30 seconds after I woke up, only to be reminded of why I was bummed out. Resulted in stomach problems, which made me think my years of chewing had done me in with probable stomach cancer. Blood tests, doctors visits and the like until it was like a fog lifted over the course of a week. I could still feel a bit of the anxiety, lurking there, but I could identify it. I knew it wasn’t ‘me’, but a little monster that was waiting for the wrong thing to come on TV or wrong innocent comment in a conversation to send me off into another spiral of ‘what ifs’. I found myself saying, ‘Go f**k yourself’ outloud in the car when I felt it creeping up.
      You just have to chug through it, and realize the obsessive thoughts are just that… obsessive, and for the most part, completely ridiculous. Life is good! You quit this crap on your terms, not the terms outlined by an cancer doctor! It’s not going away without a fight. Right now you’re just prying it’s fingers off the ledge… one week at a time. It only has so many fingers.

      • Been the Chuck. How long did you go through it? I had everything you described today it’s like it’s just gone… Hopefully forever.

        • It lasted about three-six months. It was compounded by some life events (potential IRS problem, work, etc.) that set it off and allowed it to hit me harder than it would have otherwise. The strange this is, it happened several months after I quit… which is why I never assumed it was the tobacco. What a freakin’ nightmare.
          The silver lining is, we ended up having some legitimate medical problems with our oldest daughter, and I’m convinced had I not gone through the depression and anxiety as bad as I did, I wouldn’t have been able to be as strong as I was for my wife and family when a serious crisis happened. I could recognize the anxiety immediately, identify it, kick it to the curb and move on with needed to be done. Still wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Learned a lot about myself in 2013.

    • I blame the tiredness on myself at this point. Finally started exercising. That will hopefully take care of that.

    • Good Luck ! Hang in there !

  40. Day 50. Hit some road bumps the past few days with anxiety and physical cravings that I thought were gone. Thanks to ktc, I knew what to expect. atill going strong. Not one more dip …

  41. So far so good I’m glad I have found this site I can explain things and get advice from people who have gone through what I have me am going through when it comes to chewing tobacco. You guys know the stress and ba that comes with quitting the addiction and I am glad to know that there is a place I can go and share my feelings and thoughts with what I am going through to keep me on the path of adding consecutive days to not chewing and moving on with my life nicotine free it’s a constant struggle but it’s something I want to do and I enjoy the feeling of not letting my addiction control my life

  42. Thanks. Guess I just needed some encouragement on that front and your right I made the wrong decision in lying about it but will have to continue to include her in my daily feelings when it comes to thoughts of wanting to chew during certain times of the day. The urge to chew is diminishing daily but their are lapses when I wish I had one but I know I have to stay strong and refrain from even purchasing a can. I am doing this for myself me the health benefits. thanks for the advice

    • Quitting chew is the right thing. Regarding honesty and trust, the only thing that heals that is time and being honest and trustworthy. As far as feelings go, it’s important she understands what you are going through–there is a reason that quitting is nicknamed “the suck.” Life pretty much sucks getting through the initial quit stages. It’s important that people close to you know about it. BUT, you are going to experience serious shit and she may not be equipped to handle that. It can create struggles that don’t have to exist. You’ll want to use this site to work through that shit rather than dump it on her.

  43. Just put down my last can 4 hours ago. Went through every drawer, seat cushion, dashboard and everywhere else and threw em all away. Sealed up the trash bag and gave it to my neighbor to put away. Now it’s time to buckle down.

    Chewed 1/2 to 3/4 of a can a day for 18 years. (Probably more when deployed). I have to quit this time. It’s gonna suck but I’ll jeep coming back here to check in.

    • join the forum. Ton of support there. Do it now. That’s an order. 😉

    • Our lives’ change when our habits change. Richard, you are at the right place. Read everything you can on this site and you are giving yourself the best chance to succeed. I’m finishing up day 80 as we speak. 81 days ago this seemed impossible. Now, it’s very real and the best blessing in my life. IT IS NOT AND WILL NOT BE EASY. That’s where KTC comes in to play.

      I quit with you today, Richard.

      Brian, username: Geis2597

  44. I stopped chewing for real this time on 9/3/2015 after telling my girlfriend that I quit twice before over the last three years. Yes I got caught after I lied to her this time I’ve gone 28 days and counting yet she doesn’t believe me and I don’t blame her. How can I get her to believe that I actually quit and haven’t had a chew since 9/3/2015 after 27 years of chewing. WA h day has gotten easier and I no longer feel the urge or desire to chew. Guess I got lucky since I switched from. Hewing long cut to pouches 3 years ago. I honestly think it made it easier at least for me.
    Any advice that I can use to convince her would help. Thanks.

    • Hey Joe – that’s a tough one. Unfortunately just like with quitting there isn’t going to be a magic pill when it comes to getting her to believe you. You’ve lied to her in the past. Why WOULD she believe you? It’s going to take time for her to understand that you’re serious this time and that you’re in for the long haul. Take it one day at a time. You’re less than a month in. While you feel great now you’re still in for some rough roads.

      Involve her. Tell her how you’re feeling but make sure you’re quitting for YOU. She’s going to see that you’re serious and over time that trust will come. This is the bed you made. You’ve got to lay in it and own your quit. She’ll come around with time.

    • Joe Jarism,
      Best advise I could give you is to stay quit. That will convince her. Your over the first hump but have more to battle. Use KTC, theres alot of info on this site. Use it to stay the course. I’m at 170 and just 2 days ago I woke up thinking I blew my quit. All from a chew/dip dream… It’s a long process. Take in one day at a time.
      Franco
      170

  45. 363 and counting. I am not a new member. I have been here before. The reason I write this today is to explain why I left. Recently I was diagnosed with Bipolar I disorder. This explains a lot to me now. If you go back and look at my posts you will see a pattern…. The ups and downs. The rage and depression. It’s all there for everyone to see, but I couldn’t. I left KTC because I was too weak to admit I was struggling with keeping myself together. I now know with medication and therapy that life is better. I still have the desire to use nicotine, and I know how not to now. I learned everything from this site and the people here. I owe an apology to everyone here for not reaching out earlier, but it is what it is. I owe everything to my HOF class; I wish you all the best. I would have posted this on my HOF month, but I can’t for the life of me remember my log in. I just wanted to give an explanation. Those of you that know me and have my digits, feel free to contact me if you have more questions. My life is now an open book and a healthier book at that.

    Keep on quitting,
    JLawence22

  46. Concentrate on today only make it through until tomorrow you will be fine

  47. 187, it is a daily battle. What else do you expect? We abused are bodies for years and expect it all to go away after 3 days of abstaining. It is like an overweight person going to the gym and expecting to get fit in a month after eating like shit, boozing & not exercising for years. Put things in persepective and stop being the victim, we did this to ourselves, embrace the pain & win the day

  48. You are going through the HELL stage as all of us here went through, some of us more than once. Don’t give up it gets easier. Keep your mind occupied, drink lots of water and if you can work out like a mad man do so. It helped me. Tough it out.
    Read this, it’ll give you an idea of what’s ahead.

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

    • Hi my fiance is going through hell right now hes trying to stop since Saturday and says his vision is blurry. Can I get some advise what to do

      • The good news is it gets better. Its tough to do for sure. It would be really good for him to get on here and read about what we all go through to beat the demon. Nicotine is a bad bitch. The support on this site can make quitting much more bearable because you aren’t alone.

  49. 9/22/15 quit date and all I want to do is chew. going at it cold turkey. chewed half can a day for 18 years. probably my 6th attempt at quiting. so far, it has obviously sucked, but I’m worried because all I think about is chew. anyone have some insight on this? I understand it may take some time, but if I get to 100 days and my mind is still consumed by chew, I may go crazy.

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