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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. 102 days for me!! I can’t believe I made it! I made it through my toughest test deer hunting this year with a little help from grinds pouches. The mint chocolate chip is my favorite. Going to quit taking that now but it’s nice to know if I really need something I can go to that. It feels good not to be chewing. So many benefits…no more hiding it, feeling ashamed for doing it, sacrificing hanging out with people or doing things with my family, and soo much money saved. When in doubt think of the benefits, it helps me. Stay strong out there!!

  2. Day 137 quit – I never thought I’d make it this far. To be candid with you guys, I thought the desire to dip would go away. I still have to resist every day, and that’s frustrating to me. I’ve gotten to the point where I grab my keys to go get some, but I always think are you really going to throw 137 days down the drain, and I stop myself and think dang, when is this ever going to stop. Anyone else in my boat?

    • Yes i quit july of 2016, hardest thing i have ever done in my life. I had those cravings around that stage too because you start to feel normal again and almost convince yourself one wont hurt. It will hurt. Around 200 days is when i really started to not think about it at all. You are almost there. What also helped me was thinking of the days passed as a savings account. Think of your 137 days as an investment. You got this brother, nicotine is poison, keep fighting, keep grinding.

    • Ah yes..love to say it’s normal..but I am new to the game of trying really, really, really fucking hard to quit chewing tobacco…day 121..Screw the Chew!!!..stay on this site like it’s your umbilical cord.

  3. 15 years on, 3 months and 13 days off. I’ve gained about 17 lbs in the 3 months, but I’ve started to take control of my diet. Every fast food burger has been my craving filler. but I’m starting to gain control. Life is good

  4. Yup. We all been there. Anything worth having has to earned

  5. First post here. Been dipping for roughly 7 years. Literally started it as a joke, chewing Levi Garrett with some friends while playing an MLB video game. Just never stopped. Been using grizzly for years.

    I’m on Day 8 of this quit and I did it cold turkey. Been excercising and reading more, keeping my mind busy. I’ve been getting headaches and sleep has been awful, but I feel much better already even with those symptoms. Mouth is healing, no skin peeling. Teeth already whiter. I know there will be hard days ahead, but I’m in it for the long haul this time. I’m done being a slave to tobacco.

  6. 142 days nicotine free!! A can a day at $6 a can, I have saved $852 so far. I am 32 years old and dipped a can a day for 15 years.

    The anxiety is finally starting to subside! I still get a little tight in the chest or a little anxious every once in a while, but it’s not everyday like it was for the first 4 months. Been getting regular sleep, working out, and just feeling really good overall. It took a while, almost 5 months, but I am finally starting to feel “normal”. Went to the doctor and had a full physical. Doc told me other than needing to lose a few lbs, I am healthy! definitely put on a few lbs when I stopped chewing.

    If you are early in your quit and experiencing weird symptoms with your body and you are freaking yourself out that something serious is wrong, just know you are not alone. I experienced everything; severe anxiety, headaches, inability to concentrate, constipation etc.. Turns out these all these symptoms are fairly common I am pretty healthy overall. Visiting the doctor and getting a full blown physical and bloodwork put my mind at ease. If you are feeling any of this, I would recommend seeing your doctor to put you at ease. This site has been a big help, and thanks to everyone for the support! Stay strong, quit for yourself!

    • 32 myself, and 21 days quit. You’re all too right about that anxiety. And feelings I’ve never before felt in my life. I dipped over a can a day for 10 years. Towards the end I was buying the TUBS! I’m hoping these panic attacks go away fast. My primary doc has me on some temporary anxiety meds and it seems to be getting better. Your words were a comfort, knowing this crap is a familiar feeling to others!

      • Drewskie – The anxiety and panic attacks were terrible for me. When it first hit me, I had no idea what was going on and I literally thought I was having a heart attack.

        I had never experienced anxiety in my life, didnt even really understand what it was when people would talk about it. Then I quit nicotine and found out real fast. I didn’t get on any meds, but in my experience the best remedy for me was working out. Get those endorphins going, it really helped calm me. Plus I would pound water and just try to keep my mind busy.

        Hang in there man, keep accumulating days quit and it will slowly get better.

    • Day 76 here and getting real fed up with the anxiety and mood swings.

    • Please help lol i am on day 16. The anxiety and pain and tightness in chest is crazy, i get dizzy, weak spells, panic attacks, back pains, tired as shit. Its scary. Please explain if you had some of the same symptoms. Its like for an hour or so im fine then all the sudden i get hit with a wave of it.

      • David – I had all of the same symptoms. Just know you are not alone. I had severe anxiety, I would get weak, my fingers would feel tingly, I couldn’t concentrate on anything. Your brain is just craving Nicotine that is has been used to getting everyday for a long time. Your body/brain is expecting to get that nicotine and without it, your body goes through strange withdrawal symptoms. I felt things happening to my body that I had never experienced before in my life. I went to my doctor for a full physical and blood work. Everything came back normal and it certainly helped put my mind at ease. I am on day 146 now. I still battle with the anxiety but most other symptoms are gone. The anxiety is getting better also as it is few and far between at this point. Everyday further out I get, I feel a little bit better. Just know there are people out there experiencing the same things as you. Nicotine is a powerful drug. 16 days is awesome man, those first two weeks are some of the hardest, good job! Stay strong and keep accumulating numbers. The further out you get, the better you will start to feel.

        • Doug i saw your response after i just posted the last one so sorry about that. Thank you for filling me in on a little more. Makes me feel better. I am sorry you had to go through this i would not wish this on anyone ever. ever. ever. It really shows you how poisonous this stuff really is. I started in high school playing baseball and i am now 31 so for years i have been dipping. I wish there was a fast forward button through this lol. Some days i am fine for most of the day then all the sudden a cloud comes over me, my arm starts tingling, i get tight in chest and little pains, i can feel my back tighten up, sometimes i ll get dizzy spells. Its a total nightmare. All of that leads to panick attacks sometimes. As silly as it sounds sometimes ill get in the shower and lay down, it seems to help a bit.

      • David hang in there, all i can say is i’m on day 78 of my quit and its been one hell of a ride. Like you said one min i going down the road be-bopping to music not a care in the world and a and hour later either depressed to anxiety. I had a bit of this at the beginning and it had backed off around day 21, but now i have been dealing with this since about dat 58. Some days better than others but it still sucks. I keep reading that its part of the process just anxious to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    • Can you explain some more about yor anxiety and physical symptoms you had? Or email me at hurley786@gmail.com. i am experiencing some bad physical symptoms also and it would be nice to talk with someone who had the same battles.

    • What Doug said!!!!!!!!!

  7. 40 years of nicotine in my system and now, 5 months chew free. I chew the shit out of some gum though. I put in my lip once in a while to get that familiar feeling. There is always a reason for us to say, now is not a good time to quit. Now is the ONLY time to quit. Stay strong brother.

  8. Its Day 100!! Can’t believe i actually made it to this milestone. Hope to see many more.

  9. That’s awesome. This is day 485 for me. About a year a month into the quit started losing interest in work and other things. Been kind of tired and gloomy. In the beginning had all kinds of energy. Now just not the same. Simple tasks seem hard. Anyone ever experience a major funk this far in the quit.

  10. I have been using copenhagen snuff for about 13 years and i finally have been tobacco free for 7 weeks. i have been using smoking mountain classic snuff and it is the worse thing i have ever had! is there anything better out there that actually resembles a quality snuff??

    • Jakes classic resembles Copenhagen.

    • I’ve just started using grinds pouches. Different flavored coffee pouches to help quit dipping. Not quite the same as having a dip in but I like that it’s clean, good flavor and you don’t have to spit. I highly recommend looking into using grinds

  11. I thought I would share my story, I come from a long line of tobacco users. My moms side were all smokers, my uncle chewed tobacco and my stepdad chewed Skoal wintergreen. I started dipping regularly my senior year of high school, that was 1996 and I was 16 years old. I was never a “heavy” dipper as I would go through about 2-3 cans a week, I could never do a can a day as most of you did. I quit cold turkey on May 3rd 2015 after 18 years of dipping. On that day I was outside in the yard with my oldest son, who was 4 at the time, and he kept spitting on the ground. I asked him “why do you keep spitting buddy?” He said “but you always spit on the ground!”…. I knew right then and there it was time to give it up, I don’t want my two boys to pick up that nasty habit from me…. Later that night after everyone went to bed I took a nearly full can of chew that I had bought the day before and I threw it in the trash can, never to have another dip since.
    I never really had cravings after I quit, I guess its because I was so determined not to do it anymore, but once I got around the two month mark I got some really nasty anxiety. It got so bad that I lost my appetite and I couldn’t eat anything for about three weeks and I lost about 14 pounds during that time. The anxiety just got worse and worse as the time went on that it started to become paranoia. I was certain I had cancer somewhere in my body! I went to the dentist for the first time in about 8 years just to get a checkup. I didn’t tell the dentist what was going on or that I had quit using tobacco after 18 years because I was too scared. I had no cancer or leukoplakia or anything other than stained teeth… Thank God!!!
    After the anxiety finally went away I started to educate myself on tobacco, cancer, and just human health in general and thats when I stumbled upon this site. I learned a lot and I take better care of myself now. I had to make some lifestyle changes to keep the thought of tobacco away, but I can honestly say that I never even think about it anymore. I started eating clean (organic), quit drinking soda pop, gave up most processed food, started strength training and doing crossfit in my home gym, I feel better now than I did when I was in my twenties!!!
    I check in every now and then to read the comments and to remember the road I was once on…. It is possible to quit tobacco, only YOU can make YOU quit!!!

    • Nice to hear! Quitting is easy. Staying that way is rough.

    • I’m on day 190 and my experience is almost exactly like this. Early on in my quit I got hit with the extreme anxiety too. Just like you said, I let it turn into paranoia. I had convinced myself I had cancer too. I talked with my Dr. and basically thinks that you become hyper aware and hyper focused on the changes your body goes through when quit, and you start thinking about worst possible outcomes, which feeds the anxiety. As time goes on it gets much better. At day 190, I still have moments of anxiety, but it literally last a few minutes and I regroup myself, and move on. It’s good to know others had a similar experience. I thought I was going crazy.

    • Hey, I was wondering If I could use your story in a health presentation in a week. I have to share peoples success stories and I thought this was a good one.

    • I appreciate you taking the time.to write this post. Inspiring…has really helped me. I’m on day 121. I have never posted a day one…but your post and this site have helped me every step of the way… Screw the Chew!

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