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  1. Day 240 for me, almost 8 months. I almost caved this past weekend. Had some beers with some friends and one of them is a dipper. After about 6 beers, and watching him throw a big horseshoe in, I was sooo close to asking him for a dip, but I didn’t. Every day is a battle, even when you are 8 months quit. Stay strong everyone!

  2. Hello everyone,

    I am at my 100th day of my quit. I will be writing my HOF speech this evening. If you wanna pop in tomorrow and read it..be my guest. Ill be talking about my horrible physical withdraw symptoms, how i beat them, what i did to help my quit, how i accomplished it and everything in between. I wish all of you the best!

  3. I am one day away from 900. Yay – not.

    One thing I have learned to hate are the milestones.

    For some reason, the days before and after a milestone are hard.

    I feel the nagging at my gums. The question in my mind – do you remember.

    Luckily for me, I am so practiced at turning my attention away from those thoughts that it bothers me little.

    But it does bother me.

    Remember to always keep your guard up.

    I quit again today. Day 899.

    • Hello Dundippin-
      I asked on Feb. 20th if you have any other side effects or symptoms this late into your quit date. I see that you feel the nagging at your gums. Anything else?

      • Hi Jake,
        Are you calling me out? 🙂
        Something has changed with the comments on this site and I no longer see the most current comments. My apologies.

        The main side effect or symptom I feel is the nagging at at my gums.

        It is amazing that I have learned to eat, experience sadness, grief and misfortune without taking a dip.

        It makes the joyous occasions that much better.

        It makes time with friends and family that much better as you do not need to interrupt meeting occasions with nicotine intermissions.

        I quit with you today.

        Dundippin day 910

        • Hello Dundippin-
          No, I’m not calling you out. I have noticed that you and Craigselk66 aren’t posting as often anymore. It has been over two years for all of us since we’ve quit, so that is probably why the postings aren’t as often.

          My main symptoms this far into my quit are headaches and tiredness. Anyone else with these same symptoms? I’m happy to hear that your only main symptom is nagging gums.

          In terms of this site, I refresh the page and the new posts pop up so I can see the most current comments.

          Keep up the good work! Jake.

  4. On Day 6 here, this is my second quit, first time was 2007 I used massive amounts of chewing gum and the patch. I was out for almost 2 years. Some reason I decided to be dumb again during my annual two week obligation to the man.

    I will admit I did use lozenges through Sunday, but Yesterday and Today have been CT with only some cinnamon mint snuff. I feel good, a little off, I want to brag to my wife but might just wait to see if she notices.

  5. *Adult Language*

    3 years ago today I was sitting in a dentist chair having a white spot on my gums looked at. I am 46 yrs old & my stupid ass started dipping when I was 10. I loved to dip, I mean fucking LOVED to dip. Right now, fuck all of that, I was scared to shit, swearing I was done with this shit if I was OK. The dentist came back & told me it was nothing to worry about. He asked me how long I had been dipping, I told him over 40 yrs. He looked down at me & simply said, “Don’t you think it’s time you quit?”. He said oral cancer won’t kill you but it will ruin your life. FUCK THIS I thought to myself, I have not had nicotine or tobacco since. NADDA, my asshole friends fucked with me at the start, calling me a pussy, blah, blah, blah. Blew it off & never caved. I found KTC & no doubt without it I would not have been able to quit. I used fake dips, still periodically do, still try new stuff. Teaza is awesome!!!!! These words are for you new or potential quitters, nothing will replace that shit you crammed in your face for years, so don’t whine about how nothing replaces what you use, nothing will. Find something to get you by, period. It sucks, big time, don’t be nic/tobacco bitch, make it your bitch, quit now, cold turkey!!!!! I stay quit after 3 yrs with you all today.

    • Dan O…..Congrats on 3 years. I don’t come around here very often anymore. I’m also closing in on 3 years and recognized your name. So amazing being quit. Great words of wisdom for the new or potential quitters. Much respect.
      Franco.

      • Thank you brother, it ain’t always an easy road, is it? Many congrats on your quit!!!! My words of wisdom still and will always remain the same. Only they (potential quitters) know if they REALLY wanna quit. If you don’t put it down this second, you ain’t serious & it’s all lip service. Find a fake dip to get you by & NO, nothing is like that comfortable nicotine & tobacco dip you held like a little baby in your lip for all of these years. No whining & hand holding here (well, maybe a little hand holding), only quitting!!!!!! Going on my 4th year of quit, I quit with you all today!!!!

  6. Guys, I went 527 days w/o dip or cigarettes. On day 527, I decided to “try” it to see if I could handle it. I wanted to do a dip once a week, or just see if I could even withstand it’s addictiveness. Long story short, I went 3 days after this initial dip. The second dip- it was like I never quit. Don’t fool yourselves. Once you quit, don’t go back.

    That beast lies dormant in our minds, never forget!

  7. Gonna attempt to quit starting tommorrow, i literally just put my last dip in. My quit date was Jan 4th but I’ve decided to bump it up ans go for it! I quit in basic for 3 month because i was made too so i kmow i can do it, i just wasn’t ready then. Thanks for the tips and ill check back in in 3-4 weeks to let you know how it went!

  8. Day 10 of no tobacco. I feel 10 times better but have strong cravings a few times throughout the day. I’ve drank twice, and didn’t have too much desire to dip. My gums and inner lips feel almost new. I’m starting to sleep better, but I’m still having vivid dreams. I’ve gained about 10 pounds since I quit. Im the heaviest I’ve ever been (170). I’m feeling good, and I hope people who read this consider quitting also. It’s not worth the fix. Stay strong, friends!!

  9. What’s up everyone. Just stumbled across this website and on Day 2 of quitting but really wavering here. I travel a lot and long drives make it so easy to throw a dip in to pass the time but I know I’ve got to get over the hump. Any recommendations for fake pouches that may help while I’m traveling?

    • There’s some outstanding pouch products out there: https://www.killthecan.org/tag/pouch/

      What flavor are you looking for?

    • Bubba – I travel a lot for work also. It was the hardest part of quitting for me, long car rides – which is pretty much a weekly basis for me. It is all in your head. I am now at 222 days – just over 7 months quit and my biggest hurdle thus far is the long car rides….not playing golf, not getting drunk, not going crabbing/fishing but the long car rides when your mind can wander and you think to yourself nobody will ever know if I get a can and throw one in. It is all mental – my mind still wonders where that dip is when I am driving, but you must stay vigilant. It is really hard man, but you have to nut up. I chew the shit out of some gum and sunflower seeds.

    • Bubba I’m on same quit day as you. My 37th birthday was on the 18th. Day 4 done and boy was it tough. Hardest one yet. Hang in there. I know I’m sure gonna try

    • Teaza, highly recommended.

  10. Fighting the Battle

    I need to join a group to text daily reminders and affirmations. I’ve been off for only 53 days and already had a relapse day 15 days ago. Im battling every day trying to talk myself outta getting just one can or justifying a dip a week or something small but I know already where that leads. I’m reading about these guys who have group texts that they’re able to affirm that they won’t dip on a daily basis. If anyone would like to start one or be willing to let me join theirs I really would be appreciative. Never thought that the post physical addiction part would be so difficult. I want to stop, I need to stop, but I realize I need help.

  11. IMO if you’re not ready to quit cold turkey, then you’re not really ready to quit. All it takes is some support from fellow quitters and a little will power. It’s 95% mental and 5% everything else. I dipped over a canna day for almost 24 years and walked away cold turkey when I REALLY got ready to quit. I was fed up and sick of it and on November 6, 2016 I decided that , that part of my life was pathetic and that it was over.

    • Bill, your comment is spot on and simple. “I am not going to do this to myself and my loved ones any further…I am done”. I quit December 27, 2016, after twenty years. Commit, read this site, take it one day at a time, and never look back. The freedom it brings is worth it.

  12. Day 86!

    I have been through every physical and mental symptom imaginable. Please ask me any question you want. Ill be responding. I will let you know it gets better. Dont let that anxiety kill you lol

    • Hey Davee, did you have any troubles with your sleep at all?! Im on day 22 and my sleeping is definitely better than it was at day 5, but still not sleeping through the whole night every night. Congrats on 86 days though man! I look forward to being there with you.

      • Good morning KMT!

        yes i did sir, i had night sweats, tossing and turning. Some days i would pass out early just to wake up at odd hours. Some nights i just couldn’t go to sleep. Its totally normal though. Your brain is just rewiring. Its not used to going to sleep without the nicotine running through your veins. It will get better i promise.

    • Hello – I am finally ready to give up grizzly. I have been dipping since I was 16 (27 now). I wanted to know if anyone has had success with any cessation products? Or the alternative pouches? I have been reluctant to do the cold method, primarily since I’m in recovery (for alcohol).

      • The only success you can have is to be a nicotine free. Cessation products are only a different method of prolonging the addiction. Only cold turkey here.

      • My dentist suggested Smokey Mountain Snuff to me. I got one of their 5 can sample packs and haven’t had a real chew since. Honestly so far its been super easy. I’m 105 days in after chewing daily for the past 20 years.

    • Hey man, so I’ve quit about 4 times in my life I am 20 years old and have been dipping a can a day for about 6 years now. The longest I’ve gone for quoting was 107 days and each time I went cold turkey I was thinking this time and FINAL time I want to do it differently because the past speaks for itself, the cold turkey doesn’t work for me but for others yes, I was thinking about going on some nicotine gum and then slowly using less and less until I’m completely off. So my question is should I do it or do you know of other ways.

    • I’m on day 25 and feel good, I quit chewing cause of high blood pressure and I was getting bad anxiety while driving my truck. Anxiety is going away slowly but still have moments driving

    • Hey Davee, I’m new on here and on day 1. I already feel better about the physical desire to take a chew, but the last two days have been miserable as far as anxiety and feeling depressed, which is weird cause I’ve never had those feeling before, I guess just wondering if that was normal?

    • Davee, I am so happy to have found this post. I dipped for roughly 6 years. I quit this past December when I started getting a sore throat. It’s been persistent since and I have a red irritated area in the back of my throat. ENT appointment booked for March. I have a rediculous amount of anxiety. One second I think it’s nothing, the next second I’m convinced my life is over I’ve got cancer and have let my family down. I’m struggling to stay sane until this appointment!

    • Dam near killed me I relapsed and got my second can. Been layed up to long. Dabburnit

  13. I just had my roof redone and by a great group of roofers. I noticed they all dipped and a few were missing their bottom teeth.

    I felt good that:
    – I did not miss dipping
    – that I felt no longing for that round can
    – that I felt sorry for those that are still beholden to the nic bitch
    – that the longer I am quit the less I think about the damn habit

    It feels great to be free.

    It took me 40 plus years to get here.

    For those of you who are not quit, I pray that you get to the point that you realize that it is not just helping with your day to day life. It is terrible to get to that point but you need to get there.

    Praying you find the strength to just stop and say enough.

    Praying that nothing causes me to flounder and that I remain vigilant forever.

    I quit with you today.
    Dundippin Day 885

    • You left out that you feel good that you still have your bottom teeth.

      irish 724

    • Richard Eveningred Jr

      This is day 1 of quitting for me im 19 i been chewing 2 and a half cans for nearly 6 years and its been tough first day!

    • Hello Dundippin-
      Jake U. here. I’ve responded to your posts before. You say you are free, but do you have any withdrawl/side effects at this stage of your quit? Day 885 into your quit is great!

  14. Hello,

    Today is day two of no dip. I started smoking when I was 17, and turned to dip. I enjoyed dipping so much more than smoking. Anyway, I sipped about 1 1/2 cans a day. And I’m off of it cold turkey. I’m a full-time firefighter and I can’t sleep. I feel okay. In the last two days, I’ve been an ass to my gf (I’ve apologized a ton) and pretty much been an emotional roller coaster. I hope it gets better soon.

    • It does get better. I’m a 15+ year cope snuff army guy. Quit cold 47 days ago. The fake pouches helped me get past the routine of having something packed in my lip. I’ve relapsed once two weeks ago but threw the can away after the first dip. Stay strong. It’s a tough road but the more you stay on the site the better it will be. You’ve got a lot of guys here to support you.

  15. Well, I never thought I would see this day coming, but the Administrators and Moderators have really BONED UP THAT DECISION. Banning Dogonhunt? Really? For what reason? Because he made some video and posted it in which he muses about starting some other quit site? Are you SERIOUS? Come on adminstrators, pull your heads out of your collectively fourth points of contact and fix this.

  16. Damn its been 16 hours by far the longest without any kind of nicotine…do you guys think im settin myself up for failure by not using “fake chew” or anything to substitute it with? Or should i just keep it goin..

    • Don’t look at the fake as a failure. If it’ll help you stay away from the real thing then use it. If it’ll make it more difficult for you then stay away. Keep it up!

  17. Did anyone feel like they were going crazy at day 41 or is it just me. I still can’t sleep at night.

    • It took me about 9-10 months in order to start to sleep better. I quit 377-days ago. I stopped missing chew at about the 12-month mark. I still think about it a few times a day.

    • yes shane. I went through the same thing

    • Yes, exactly. Don’t give in. The brain takes a while to rewire itself without the nicotine. Sometimes it seems like day one all over again and you wonder if it will ever stop. It will and you’ll be glad you endured.

  18. Hi guys it’s been 31 days since my last dip, I quit cold turkey (this is hard) I gone to 2 dentist appointments they all say tissue and gums look great and gone to 3 doctor appointments they say im good, but i keep thinking I have cancer of the mouth, every night I look in the mirror with a flash light and see something new or feel something new, I’m going crazy, and to make things worst I keep reading things online that are negative, like you will get oral cancer because you dipped. Is this common or am I just crazy? I use to be so energetic and now im just off. I have 2 young kids and wife that I love and I feel like an asshole for dipping this long (10 years). I don’t know what to do and im only 33 years old. This is hard but I wont go back

    • Listen to your doctors. They are the professionals.

    • Seem to be a normal part of it. I’m at day 41 and feel like I’m going crazy at times. I can’t sleep also bad anxiety like you. My doc just started me on lexapro so I hope it help but that stuff is rough to take and work because it makes me so sleepy. EOEO stay strong.

    • Listen to us.

    • Hey EOEO,
      I hear ya man. I’ve been dipping now, hmm..24 or so years. I quit once for about a month as I had to for surgery. I regret starting again after going cold turkey. Now, like you I just don’t feel good or like myself. Drained, lethargic, just lazy, IDK, but I never feel like doing much. I also fear the cancer issue. My gums also seemed to come back towards normal when I quit for the month but they are back down to the bone basically. I had awesome dental insurance at one time and they wanted to do skin grafts but I was still dipping, so I didn’t see the purpose. Now, I feel ready to quit and become healthier if it is not too late. Then, I will too see a dentist, and see what I can do to get my mouth back in better shape. My once white, nice teeth are still there but hanging on by a thread and I would hate to lose them-or anymore of them. I started dipping working at the fire department- many years ago. Now, I am in nursing school and KNOW what it is doing to me. What a dummy right! So, I am online looking at nicotine free replacement dip like Hooch or Nip. I have tried the Nip It and like that so I will get some of that and maybe try the Hooch too. Good luck and I will say what I always hear people say and it may or may not be factual.. they say to think positive and decrease the sressing because that alone will cause physical symptoms-that i know to be true. Your healing and you have to try to find a way to lower stress and worry-i like walking or running (if I could run but not now). Try taking a 20 min. walk in the am or evening alone or with family. it made me feel so good. It releases natural endorphins that are your bodies natural pain killers and mood enhancer. Good luck.

    • EOEO, I don’t how common this behavior is, I’ve been on this site now for 261 days. When I first quit I did the same thing. I feel like I visited every doctor and dentist in town. I had insomnia over it for weeks, and crazy anxiety. The good news, it all kinda goes away. Just trust your doctors, try to relax, and stay busy. You’re ok today, and you’re going to be ok tomorrow, and so on. Congrats on the Quit, and keep it up.

  19. I dont count anymore. I know Im over 500 days no dip or cig. Got a huge exam today, super nervous. Inclination to dip is severe, even after all this time. I wi remain strong and chew gum voraciously instead.

    • Just a hypothetical question…

      Do you think the inclination to dip after all this time is there because you’re not counting anymore?

    • I went through the same thing last yr John. I had a very difficult rotator cuff surgery & while I was hopped up on Oxy for pain, I seriously almost bought some. I fought off the urge, but dammit man, I almost caved. Do whatever it takes buddy, fight it……. I’ll be 3 yrs Nic/Tob free at the end of thi month thks to KTC.

    • Hi guys it’s been 31 days since my last dip, I quit cold turkey (this is hard) I gone to 2 dentist appointments they all say tissue and gums look great and gone to 3 doctor appointments they say im good, but i keep thinking I have cancer of the mouth, every night I look in the mirror with a flash light and see something new or feel something new, I’m going crazy, and to make things worst I keep reading things online that are negative, like you will get oral cancer because you dipped. Is this common or am I just crazy? I use to be so energetic and now im just off. I have 2 young kids and a wife that I love and I feel like an asshole for dipping this long (10 years). I don’t know what to do and im only 33 years old. This is hard.

  20. Well I was 36 days deep and relapsed with a couple of pinches this past week on guys weekend. I’ve already flushed the rest of the can and started at day 1 on Sunday. Feeling a lot stronger so far, knowing what I’m expecting has made it a lot easier, but I’m extremely pissed at myself for wasting those 36 days of pain only to start over again. But start over again I will. My only goal is never to put that shit in my mouth again. Fucking hate how weak willed I was this weekend, but it only strengthens my resolve to quit for good.

  21. Yes, DRS every day is another victory and it helps with the confidence. You just have to keep your head down on the hard days and push through it. Looking forward to day 200!!

    • Hi guys it’s been 31 days since my last dip, I quit cold turkey (this is hard) I gone to 2 dentist appointments they all say tissue and gums look great and gone to 3 doctor appointments they say im good, but i keep thinking I have cancer of the mouth, every night I look in the mirror with a flash light and see something new or feel something new, I’m going crazy, and to make things worst I keep reading things online that are negative, like you will get oral cancer because you dipped. Is this common or am I just crazy? I use to be so energetic and now im just off. I have 2 young kids and a wife that I love and I feel like an asshole for dipping this long (10 years). I don’t know what to do and im only 33 years old. This is hard.

  22. Well it’s day 34 and still feel like crap. Anxiety has been bad going to bed give out and waking up early in morning not able to go back to sleep suck. But not giving up I know this will get better at some point. When I feel real bad I just start reading post from everybody and that seems to help more than anything.

    • It will get better Shane. Just take it a day at a time. Every time you say no is a win. I dipped for over 20years and am on day 175 of my quit and never thought I would make it this long. Shocked actually. But gaining confidence. Hang in there and keep coming to the site. Good luck!

    • Day 30 myself and yeah i feel Crappy too headache all day and kinda off balance feeling

  23. My last dip was Jan.19th at 11:35 pm, I was chewing a can and a half a day. I have been chewing tobacco for 25 years. I think I had help stopping and not craving it because I have been sick but now that I am feeling better I still don’t crave it.

    • My last dip was on 1/22/18, and I was dipping a can a day. I’ve been dipping a little over 20 years, so I understand what you are going through. I’m not craving it, but I still think about it a lot. The only thing I can’t seem to get past now is an insatiable appetite. I’m going to gain 20 pounds in a month if I do not get this under control. . .

  24. Patches are just a different form of putting Nicotine back into your body and is no safer than dipping. This is a COLD TURKEY site. If you really want to quit bad enough then you will nut up and walk away cold turkey. You don’t need some patch or any other kind of crutch if you are really done with it. If you cant walk away cold turkey then you may as well keep on dipping because you are not really ready to quit and will only cave and will have made yourself miserable for however many days until you do cave, for no reason at all.

    • This isn’t a cold turkey site it’s a support group. Posting that negativity isn’t going to help anyone. Just cause you can quit cold turkey doesn’t mean others can. Support eachother for wanting to better ones life

      • Well, you’re both right.

        Yes, this is a support site. However, we believe fully that the only way to truly be free is to be 100% nicotine free. Speaking for myself only now, if someone is using patches / NRT then I’ll certainly support them in that but urge them to get off them as quickly as possible because I feel they HAVE just changed their delivery method. I often compare it to an alcoholic who’s drink of choice was Jack Daniels switching to Miller Lite. Has he quit using Jack Daniels? Absolutely and I’m proud of him. But has he quit drinking? Nope.

        Where we ARE 100% black and white when it comes to patches / NRT is on our forums and for the purposes of posting roll. Roll call is 100% nicotine free.

      • You have obviously never read the “rules” of this site. This IS indeed a cold turkey site, always has been and always will be. Sorry to hurt your feelings but if you cant walk away cold turkey then you are not really ready to quit, period. I dipped for almost 24 years at a rate of over a can a day and I’m coming up on a year and a half dip free thanks to those same “rules” of this site and just flat out getting sick of being a slave to the can. It CAN be done, you just have to want it bad enough. Quitting is 95% mental and 5% everything else.

        • No feelings were hurt here. I’m on day 4 of quitting cold turkey. Not sure where these “rules” you speak of are located on this site since I’m still new to finding it. Just was stating some people need different kinds of help. Nicotine is the most addictive substance so needing some help to reduce the amount of nicotine receptors in your body to make the quit easier or long lasting is what certain people need. Again not how I handled it personally but was speaking for other potential quitters who might have needed the help and came to the site looking for support not to be put down for needing nicotine replacement.

          • Matt. We support quitters. We don’t ball-coddle here. This is a place where you’ll find a serious quit. You’ll get more support than you’d imagine, but not s bunch of “rah! rah!” Cheerleaders.

    • Hey guys wanted to apologize. I didn’t mean to offend or discredit anyone on this site. Like I stated only on day 5 and was still feeling irritated and foggy about my decision to quit and lashed out. Sorry guys. Stay strong!

    • Study right here shows you wrong. Don’t slam others with a since of superiority because you did it “The Hard Way”. Some people will need that “crutch” and it does help. I’ve tried to quit several times. The time I used patches actually stuck. I also have no clue where you get they aren’t any safer than dip. Nobody is arguing they are harmless but compared to the level of tobacco most new quitters go through they are much less harmful.

      I get but posting roll while on the patches because you aren’t quit but to outright discourage a scientifically proven method to stop that is shown to have a 4 times higher quit rate than your method is either idiotic or dangerous depending on your motivation. If you’ve discouraged even one person who couldn’t go cold turkey from trying patches or other ntr because of this rant that’s on you.

      http://healthpsych.psy.vanderbilt.edu/health-patch.htm

      • Hmm… I’m not sure your study is saying what you think it’s saying. I read it and I don’t see anywhere in there where it says NRT is proven to be 4x more successful. I did see this quote at the end though: “Essentially, we know that the nicotine patch has a variability of effectiveness rates depending on the study, but it does in fact seem to be 1.5 to 2 times more effective than a placebo patch in most cases. This does not mean that it is more effective than attempting to quit on your own.”

        That said, there certainly ARE benefits to NRT and some people certainly can be successful on them. The isse I have with them is the fact that many (most?) people don’t use them as they’re really prescribed. The FINAL step in all of those programs is 100% nicotine cessation (or at least it should be). As it pertains to our roll call, yes you’re correct… roll is for someone that’s 100% nicotine free. But that doesn’t mean people can’t go through a NRT program and THEN start posting roll. I’ve known many people over the years that have done just that with success. Many people keep track of TWO quit days for that very reason – their quit DIP day vs their NIC quit day.

  25. ok I have my last dip in .. Yup its time! started at 16 know 39 23yrs and only have quit twice once for two mouths and once for two weeks.. I get irritable when my tin runs low .. As stupid as this sounds i am nervous about this but i want to do it. This is going to take a vlot of will power. here we go!!!!!

    • Hey Matt. We quit on the same day! I’m the same age as you and have been dipping for about as long. My family isn’t talking to me right now because I’ve been a bit of an asshole the last couple of days. But I have made it through so far and the assholeishness is passing. Cravings are a bitch but staying busy with my woodworking to help keep my mind off it. Good luck to ya brother! We got this!

  26. Much like Doug S I hit my 200 day mark on Jan 31. I feel great. My head is clear, my body feels strong, and most importantly my teeth and gums feel normal again. I dipped for 25 years and finally had enough last summer. I work out 4 times per week and mix in a little meditation and yoga. It’s done wonders for my performance at work and my personal life. I am still using the fake stuff from time to time but it’s a small price to pay IMO. Hope to be rid of that sooner than later. Stay strong ya’ll.

  27. 200 days for me today! This site has been a great resource and source of strength for me. Thanks to everyone contributing! I dipped the same brand and flavor for 15 years. I am 32 now and glad I am getting healthier while still fairly young. I am as confident as ever that I will never again put that skoal mint into my lip ever again.

    I appreciate and admire all of you, stay vigilant my friends!

  28. Day one 18 hours since last dip. I’m irritable and well I am sure you have all been here so you know what I am saying. This time will be different, I’m focused and I am not finished

    • Matt, 18 hours is huge. At that point, you’re halfway through getting that rat poison out of your body. Its a thousand miles journey, and you just took the first step. Day 114.

  29. Been clean for two weeks now, my company started to hit tobacco users with a 20 dollars per pay deduction. Which is 40 dollars a month (480.00 dollars a year). Next year would be the same, so instead of taking these hits I’ve decided to quit, I’ll miss my Grizzly Dark Wintergreen and my Cope Snuff, but I can’t keep taking those hits. I’m fortunate enough where I never felt addicted, I have no withdrawal Symptoms, I did it just for fun and being bored. Wish the best for all of you. (Dipper 12yrs)

  30. Happy to say I’ve made it to 151 days quit. It’s been a roller coaster but I’ve made it this far so I’m happy about that. I’ve noticed over this span of time Ive been sleeping a lot more and I feel like I’ve had a cough all winter. Not sure if that’s related to the quit or not. Maybe it’s just my body healing. I quit with you all don’t give up!!

    • Day 175! I’m with you grizzfight. It’s an everyday struggle still but bodies are healing. I never expected after this long I would still be dealing with the late night craving and insomnia but here I am. After 21 years of dipping I am amazed at how hard this quit process is but I am sticking to it. I am not going to give in tonight. Keep up the fight boys!

  31. 250 Days chew free! Dig deep and you can succeed!

  32. So today marks 64 days. The first 50 days were hell. I had anxiety, panic attacks, chest pain, weak spells, shaky muscles, weak Muscels, fatigue, headaches, dizzy spells. Non stop every day, I went to the hospital and did ekg and blood work everything was beautiful. Then all the sudden after 50 days I got better. I felt normal with occasional symptom here and there but I was getting through days normal again. Then day 55 came or so and I have now gone right back to square one. Weak spells, shaky muscles, fatigue, fog, anxiety, chest pain. Right when o thought I was out of the water I get nailed. Is this normal? I am getting exercise, I’m eating better it’s just so relentless. Need some assurance here from someone who has experienced this or had recurring symptoms after they faded a bit

    • Day 304…getting better every day! DD – Yes, it is quite normal to have those symptoms sneak up on you throughout your quit. I assure you it will get better and the days between those odd episodes will span further apart. When will it stop all together? I don’t have the faintest idea as I still have mild episodes occasionally. I think it depends on the person. The key thing is to not panic when it happens. I’ve conditioned myself to just say it’s my body healing and it will pass. Good luck and keep it up!!!

    • It’s normal Double D,same thing happened to me.

    • Double D
      I’m at 512 days as of today. Same as you on and off first 100 days. Then good till 160 or so. After 200 a lot easier. You can get there and will just hang in there. Most people have the same problems or they say no problem at all. I dipped the crap for 48 years, it will pass and get better. Post roll every day early as you can. You will be great when your body gets it’s stuff together.

    • Hey Double D. I had both anxiety and depression well after 100 days. I went to a psychologist and eventually got on Lexipro. It has made a big difference. On day 533 now.

  33. Anyone know where to get the mint snuff? Quitting the tobacco but want to try the fake stuff.

  34. Day 881 and if i can you can. Started dipping in my early teens and quit when i was 45. I wasn’t a heavy dipper usually a can every 3 days. Was resigned to the fact i was going to be a lifer. Then a divorce received custody of my kids and thought if i die from dipping i would be the jack ass of all jack asses. So i quit and now do not even think about it and although i used the fake stuff my use now is just a teaza when i exercise. I am know different then all of you other then there is 881 days since my last dip.
    Good Luck

    • That’s great! I’m on day 365. I think about dipping nearly everyday. However, I just think of my son and how I don’t want to die of some preventable disease. As much as I miss dipping, I’m not going to start back again.

  35. Day 1 starts right now. Dipped for 6 years and today decided to drop it for the first time. This website has given me the courage to battle. I read every last comment and now i ask for your prayers. Its sounds like a tough journey but im going to do it for me and my family. I wont be the father, husband, uncle, or brother that died from dipping. The support here is what i have been looking for, so thank you. First thing i am going to do tomorrow when i get to work is empty every last log in the trash can.

    Ill be updating you all on this journey. If youre reading this right now and youre on the fence on quitting… Quit with me right now. Find something deep inside your heart and use that as motivation to quit just as i am right now.

    Again, thank you for this site. I wouldnt be in this state of mind without it.

    • What’s up my first day was 1-22. It’s been a crazy few days.hardly sleeping, eating all the time and get pissed at everything. Hope it gets better for the next month or so. I know it’s a long process. Prayers are being sent your way

      • My first day quit was 1/24 after 5 years of chewing. How are y’all doing?! My sleep has been horrible, but starting to get back to normal. and i feel like my body is starting to rewire itself and starting to return back to normal. Hows your sleeping been, NB5?

    • Day 1515 for me JRD. You have made the best decision of your life. The next few weeks will be hell. Just remember, you did this to yourself so don’t take it out on anybody else. And don’t feel sorry for yourself. This is your quit. You have taken the first step to freedom. No matter what excuse you come up with, don’t quit. Post roll every day. Be accountable to your quit group and keep them accountable. This site is the only reason I’m still quit. I just passed four years quit. If I can do it, so can you. Find me in March IronMen quit group. Quit date 12/6/2013. Prayers. Kmart3501. Kirk

  36. I’ve dipped for 20+ years with only minimal stoppages. I was looking on the web for tips on how to quit and ran across this site. Did you guys find it best to quit cold turkey or is it better to weed yourself off dip? I really want to quit for my family and health reasons, but I just haven’t been able to do so. Do you use anything like nicotine patches when you first start? I’d appreciate any tips you can give. Thanks.

    • Cold turkey is the only real way imo.

    • I’ve chewed for 20 years and am on day 4 of quitting! I have about 3 to 4 strong urges a day but so far it has not been unbearable. I have never wanted to quit I really like chewing . I’m using the nicotine patch and am super excited to never chew again!

  37. After reading as many articles on this site that i could i picked to quit cold turkey after 36 years of use. I new for my self that i would never really quit using the fake snuff because i would still be packing my lip, i know it helps a lot of people using fake snuff but i felt it would do the opposite to me. I keep on the site and kerp reading others ups and downs and thank you that do post. Im now on day 167 so stay strong and keep up the fight because you are worth it. Night and thanks

  38. i’m 18, been dipping 2 cans a day for over 3 years. i’ve never had any problems with my health until the past few weeks i’ve had really sore teeth. i decided 3 days ago to quit because of this website and ill be glad to keep you all updated.

  39. I quit on December 26th, so on Day 27. I’ve been using two 21MG nicotine patches. Anyone know when I should drop down to a single 21MG patch? I’ve been taking one off over night to sleep. Haven’t had one dip since I quit. Just sunflower seeds and gum (a ton of each).

    Any feedback would be great.

    • Congrats on 27 days off dip! As for the patch, the sooner the better. The reality is you’re still feeling your body the nicotine you’re addicted to. Those patches contain nicotine. I’m assuming there’s a proposed timeframe in the materials, but you’ve got to get 100% NICOTINE free to really start your recovery.

      Fair warning… it’s going to suck. You’ve not really gone through the withdrawals that many talk about on this site… you’ve still been getting your nicotine. That said, a) you can do it and b) it’s totally worth it. https://www.killthecan.org/whats-really-in-nrt/

    • I’m 38 been dipping for 22 years. Took may last dip on the Jan 1. It has been quit a ride with the anxiety. I wake up in the morning having hot and cold flashes and constantly worry about haveing cancer. I know it’s just the anxiety and I’m so ready to be free from this crap.

      • I’m with you man. I quit Dec 27 after 14 years of cope snuff. I’m with you on the anxiety. I’ve had a cough for two years and I’d swear it’s gotten worse since I quit. Anyway – it will be a big relief when I get a full screening and get to the bottom of this cough. I’ve been driving myself mad about this, praying it’s all just anxiety.

        Stay strong. I’m told in the next month or so the anxiety dies down a little. I know I’m sure as hell to get past this shit. I’m never touching this crap again.

      • Shane, I’m on day 240, Quit. I’ve been finding the anxiety and fear of cancer is normal, part of the process for some of us. After I quit, I saw every doctor in town, thinking I had cancer or some kind of illness. At day 240, I’m fairly certain I’m ok, and the anxiety is better, but I still have a moment every once and while when it hits me, or a sleepless night sometimes. It gets better everyday. If it helps, my doctor is super and cool and he told me this….he said the nicotine may have been masking and underlying anxiety issue to begin with…hard to tell. Then when you quit, you become hyper aware of your body and the changes that are happening – it’s your body healing – and you begin to think you have cancer for obvious reasons – dipping for years and years. Chances are really good you’re ok, but my advice is, go see your doctor. Get anything checked out, and be honest with your doctor about any anxiety, depression, sleeplessness. They can help with that. I’m 40, I dipped on and off since middle school, mostly dipped a can per day the last 10 years. I know what you’re going through. You’ll be fine.

        • BDUNN. Thanks for the replay. I went an seen a ENT today and everything looked good. Only thing that found wrong was my TMJ was aggravated. That’s a relief. I have No doubt I will ever put dip in my mouth again.

    • I started my quit with just one patch a day. If you’re needing two if say cut down to like a 21 and a 7 for a week then do a week on just the 21

      • I didn’t “need” it. I went by the recommended dosage from Mayo Clinic and American Cancer Society for someone who dips over 10 cans per week. I take one off and night and when I wake up, I don’t feel any different. I don’t crave it at all anymore.

        I was kind of asking because I feel like two is overdoing it at this point and one is probably better.

        As for cold turkey, I have tried that before. Ended up in the emergency room with 163/105 BP.

  40. Since I quit I get shaky hands when I’m in a nerve racking situation. Wouldn’t be a big deal, but I’m an electrician. Anybody know how to get them to quit shaking, short of beer or weed?

    • Work on breathing exercises (in out, etc.), heavy exercise helps too, running or lifting weights if you can.

    • Collin, like you I had shaky hands and limbs. It was so bad I had it in my hands, legs literally everything I did. I got scared and on top with the anxiety I started thinking I had Parkinson’s. It lasted a couple weeks then went away. Exercise helped a lot. I’m on day 62 right now. Still not out of the water. The anxiety went away and is now back but not as powerful as it was. I have had the worst of worst symptoms so if anyone wants to know how to deal with certain things let me know

  41. A can a day will not keep the doc away..

  42. Hey everyone,

    I took the 100 day challenge in 2014 after dipping a can a day for over 5 years. Unfortunately on day 101, I took a dip while I was drunk during a Halloween party at college. Since then, I have been dipping a can and a half a day. I have been trying to stop for the past 3 years but I never could go a weekend without nicotine. My anxiety/ depression was too intense to cope without my Grizzly Mint. Today, I have gone 15 days without tobacco/ nicotine! Unfortunately, my depression and anxiety is really kicking my ass today. I think I should join the CIA because my brain is a convincing manipulator… haha. I swore to myself if I could go a full week without dip, I will never put that shit in my mouth. I have been tempted several times, but the guys one here that have gone 1+ years without dip assures us that it is totally worth it. They better be right or somebody is going to get their ass whooped. Stay strong everyone and hit me up if you want to power though this together!

    • Woop it’s ass. BeaT the shit out of it everyday. No you will always have that victory at the end of the day

    • Association is key ? you got this but friendships are overrated and if they chew you have to cur back on being around them especially while drinking. Thats my 2 cents and recommendation! Im 291 days free 🙂 you got this

  43. I was 11 days into quitting but tonight I just had to put a dip in is that normal to relapse

  44. Day 6 or 7 thought I’d check in. Yesterday was good. Today is bad. Can’t think straight or do anything productive. Headache. Thought about getting a can but remembered my daughter saying this. ” You think chew gives you super powers but it doesn’t dad”.

  45. getting of the train

    Day 3, second try after a 9 month relapse following an 8 month quit….got the coyote arm again, awful….trying to make this the “last time”

  46. So I’m 3 weeks in to being tobacco free and honestly have felt great. Haven’t had any problems as far as withdrawal other than what I’m thinking/hoping is anxiety. Does that feeling that after over a decade of dipping the week after you quit you have cancer really happen to a lot of guys? Cause I’m scheduling a doctor visit ASAP to check it out even though I had my dentist do a cancer screening a couple months back. Is it the anxiety that’s causing me to freak out so much about this? I’ve had a dry random cough for about 2 years and I swear it’s gotten worse since I quit. I’m freaked out that this is going to be the doctor visit I’ve feared for a while now. Is this all anxiety? And does this shit go away ever?

    • yes its anxiety.. chances are you are completely fine. Your body is going to heal over the next couple months. Believe it or not it is very rare to get cancer. Obviously you quitting lowers your chances. I am 56 days in and have thought i have had every sickness there is.

      • 56 days in has that feeling gone away yet? Like I said I’m only about 21 days in.

        • Travis most of my major symptoms have gone, the anxiety is still here but not as strong. I decreases everyday little by little and you learn to deal with it better, i had chest pains everything with my anxiety. I literally had it so bad i went to the ER. My symptoms got bad after about two weeks and didnt start subsiding to day 40 something, everyone is different though. Just remember you are fine and it takes time for the body to heal. Like you i had the cough and a whole list of everything but i was cleared healthy as can be. I dipped for 14 years and i am now 31. Get exercise, take warm showers when the anxiety hits hard and a glass of red wine is like a cure to anxiety. try it. You have a long battle ahead but you will feel so much better in a few months.

          • Davee – Really appreciate the advice. Had a pretty rough week with this shit so hearing that you’ve had the same is reassuring. I swear I take a flashlight to my mouth every night since I quit and find something new. Weird how after dipping for all this time now after I quit I’m freaked out about this stuff. Well day 22 down & like I said outside of freaking out about the worst case scenarios I’m feeling pretty good. Still trying to figure out some of the basics without dipping but I’ll get there.

            Thanks again!

    • I agree with Davee, it’s probably just anxiety. I went through the same thing. It’s like your brain is finally seeing things clearly and kinda freaking itself out. I was over a decade in as well, had some sores in my mouth, had a cough, got a cancer screening and everything was fine. 861 days and still going strong!

  47. Day 446. 20+ yrs @ 1+ cans/day. I quit Cold Turkey. No patches, Chantix, gum, candy, fake chew etc. For my journey I not only wanted to be nicotine free but i also wanted to break the oral fixation part. In my mind i felt if i would continue the motion of packing a fake chew it would be too easy to break – again, that is what worked for ME.

    For all you New Quitters, everything you read on here is true. People break, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Chest Pain, The “Fog”, being pissed off, cold sweats, dizziness, trips to the ER, being CONVINCED that after chewing for 20+years you have Cancer the 1st week you quit (Thats anxiety by the way), etc. Heres my point, all these wonderful things you are now battling – just settle in and deal with it. It will be OK. After all, you (we) did it to yourself (ourself) the day we took that 1st dip cause it was cool. Ain’t Nicotine Grand!

    For all those that continue to take the Oath each day – you all are the 1’s i quit with today!

    • You are exactly 10 days ahead of me as I am at 436. You must have just missed my group, Feb 17. At any rate, keep it up and never stop fighting the good fight. Damn proud to be quit with another of the true quitters around here!

  48. Quit on December 15th 2017, dipped for 17 years, habit got so bad I would dip in my sleep. When my wife alerted me I was going less than 30 minutes each day with out dip, I decided that was enough, however I must say I love chew(straight), but I love me and my family more. This site has been a lot of help and all you are amazing, I work as a fabricator welder so I don’t get any support at work as everyone uses tobacco. Also extra virgin coconut oil and raw organic lemons with peels have been a true blessing, I blend lemons with peel and coconut oil in ninja and drink whenever I trigger a craving, not sure why but it helps me deal with cravings in a positive way. Also cordyceps and lion maine mushrooms s are a must have for physical withdraw symptoms. I grow my own on rice Patty’s. Probiotics are extremely helpful to keep from gaining weight.For mouth sores I do a oil pull with Coconut oil, ulcers went away in less than a week. Good luck everyone and remember each day is growth.

  49. I’m 1 month deep on quitting the can. My usage was just short of a can per day for 12 years, 15 years of smoking a pack a day before that.

    What has helped me during this month.. Working out in the evenings has helped alot but surprisingly, picking up a ukulele has been great. I have never played any instrument before and the uke is supposed to be the easiest (and it was cheap).
    It has helped to pass the time and actually brings some enjoyment. And enjoyment has been hard to come by (especially the first 2 weeks) but it’s getting better everyday. After 25+ years of nicotine, it makes sense that it’ll take a little time for my body to adjust back to normal.

    My experience during the past month… the first 3-4 day really sucked. Day 2 was the worst as I would loose my mind over the slightest thing (poor kids..) And i was in a funk for a solid 2 weeks as my wifey said i just looked depressed (and i was). But after about 2.5-3 weeks, the wifey said she could tell that i was getting better and not looking so down all the damn time, Anyways, i am still feeling the affects of it quitting (and i pass gas like you wouldnt believe), but i can also tell that life’s getting better again.

    • Good for you. Been trying to quit for years only made it couple months a couple times. Think my body’s been telling me something is wrong. Time to go all in. Kinda scared but every time I quit I feel this way.
      Just started playing guitar never played, but I think it will help as well. Stick with it you can do it. You already are

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