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KillTheCan.org CommunityThe Community is a vital part of a successful quit. It’s important to know that you are not going through this alone. You have others out there that are dealing with the same things that you are. While you may not be able to talk to a spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend about what you’re dealing with, everyone in the KillTheCan Community knows what it is to quit dipping.

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  1. I am 36 years old, I have been dipping heavily since I was 17-18. I have tried numerous tactics to quit but have never been successful. Recently I have been having throat issues and coughing and I am beginning to worry that it could be cancer. I am going to see the doctor this week to have a screening, I had a thyroid ultrasound 6 months ago and a head CT Scan and it all came up negative but I don’t know how quickly cancer can form. It could simply be an illness (I suffer from severe allergies) but this has me scared (like I have never been scared before) I have served in the military for 19 years, this is my last year I would hate to get out to spend the rest of my life in a hospital bed unable to care for my wife and provide after all she has sacrificed to support me.

    I have the mint dip (smokey mountain) and I am trying to change up but the regular Dip keeps pulling me back. The draw is so strong for me to come back each time.

    I am literally begging for any insight support or words of wisdom beyond (you should have known better) that anyone may have.

    I have always gone it alone when trying to quit. Years of hiding my habit from my wife has led to a lack of support to quit. she doubts my sincerity because I have often tried only to pick it up and keep silent. I haven’t discussed my fears yet because until I have a solid diagnosis I dont’ want to worry her.

    I know you folks aren’t doctors but I have read that even with symptoms you can find relief if you do quit. You will still have issues but healing can occur and that cant be a bad thing. If there is anyone on here that has been in a similar situation I would love to hear from them.

    • We have almost the same story. I’m 36 and have been a back and forth quitter for over a decade. I finally got scared straight when I developed a sore at the base of my gumline. I had it checked out and it was “inconclusive” which was bad enough for me. I’m only about a month in but the sore has nearly healed and the calloused area in my lip from years of holding dip in the same place has smoothed dramatically. Cancer is cancer but I can tell you that a lot of symptoms will improve pretty quickly when you quit. I’ve had similar experiences in previous quits.

      I’m currently using nicotine gum and fake snuff when I’m driving since that is when I crave it the most. I elected not to tell my wife I was quitting this time but she figured it out when she found my gum. When she asked I explained I was cutting back and we’d see where it went. I don’t know that anybody would recommend this path but it has worked for us. She’s excited but I don’t feel the same pressure because this was a quit on my terms.

      • How is your Progress going Chris?
        I am on the Nicotine lozenges and they are some comfort. I took the habit back up a bit for a few weeks and really got scared again. I am afraid this time may be too late. I will know more in December but I have developed a mass on my jawbone, have what I fear is a tumor in one of my nostrils and lord knows what else going on.

        This is bad stuff man and if you can quit before it gets you please do. Hopefully you can do it man. I am glad your wife is supporting your quit.

  2. Hi I’m Ryan i started chewing when i was 12 and i am now 18 with a 3 month old son and i’m trying to quit chewing and just don’t know what the hell to do i chew 3 cans a day because i feel so damned stressed but i want to quit.

    • You’re in the right place Ryan – you are NOT alone and you CAN do this. If you haven’t yet I’d urge you to check out our forums at http://forum.killthecan.org. As of today we’ve got over 28,000 members that “get it” because we’ve all been right where you are. It’s the best place on the web to get support and questions answered from real quitters.

  3. Great site guys,, I started long leaf off and on when I was 5 yrs old, yea 5!!!, neighbor would give me a single leaf to roll up and chew on. Got heavy into Skoal in my teens (can a day for 30 yrs) now 44 and am 1 month clean!!.. Tried to quit before so wanted to wait a month till I posted. The fog was total sh*t, but has lifted (I thought fog, yea right, well it’s real and I quit cutting firewood for a week because of it, didn’t want to lose a leg), my mouth has cleared after some initial canker sores which showed up a couple days after I quit. Dentist cleared me as good to go. Totally digging the fake dip which has helped a lot. I miss the buzz but slamming the coffee.. I just wish I could go back in time with Marty Mcfly and Doc, and give my 5 yr old self some horse manure to chew on instead.. keep up the good fight!!!

  4. Chewie,

    Good article but u sure the fog will ever lift? I’m 5 days off the stuff and have it beat so badly in my mind but my body doesn’t wanna accept it! My fog is awful, I almost just fell over standing at the urinal. I drive at like 15-20 mph cause I’m afraid I’m just gonna stop paying attention since nothing seems real anyways

  5. I’m Bowe. Started when I was 17. I turn 38 in June. AND that makes me in the June Platoon! There has to be some sort of celebration in June, two holidays. I was laying in bed at 4am this morning and realized I don’t want to have a big dip in my mouth when I am forty something. So 21 years. I did stop for a week in college, but stress got to me. I can’t believe how supportive this place has been. I’m actually having an encouraging discussion with Swanson, right now. I’m hearing the things I read from a real person. It has been almost 12 hrs. I heard that tomorrow and the next day are going to be hell. Ok, I’m ready.

    • Bowe
      You are who I need to keep up with. We are around the same age group and I have a similar situation. ( I am terrified of cancer)
      its sad how when you are young you shirk it off with (well somethings going to kill me) but when you get older and know people who have died of cancer nothing scares you worse. If only you could go back and beat the crap out of that smart A$$ed kid as he loads that first pinch into his mouth.

      I would like to hear how your journey has turned out.

  6. Is anyone else planning on quitting this week or has recently stopped? I need someone else to talk with about this. I am going to do it but it feels so overwhelming. vandengrey

  7. 17+ year user, just ordered all kindsa tins from Hooch, Grinds, and Elicit. Thank you very much for making this community available for guys like me, that need a little info/support while trying to kick this nasty habit. Got my first kid on the way, don’t want to do anything selfish anymore to risk my health.

  8. first day quitting fellas feeling good about it

  9. I can’t get on either, MAY QUIT GROUP MIKE70- DAY 67-

  10. Are the boards down for everyone else too?

  11. Hey I was at 130 days or so, but the counter seems to be gone, any help?

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