If Dipping Was Safe Would You Still Quit?

QuestionI ran across a great question the other day here in the comments and wanted to pass it along.

Question

If the FDA or some other Government said without a doubt dipping does not increase or cause your risk of mouth or throat cancer would you still quit?

Answer

I responded to the comment on the page but I wanted to elaborate a bit more here and possible get some other points of view.

While I won’t speak for anyone else, knowing how I personally felt when I quit and how much better I feel now my answer would absolutely be YES. I would still quit. Freedom is an amazing thing.

I’ve often said that quitting dip damn near killed me. And while I certainly was worried many, MANY times about cancer, the things that I was dealing with in my quit weren’t really cancer type things. Sure, I had the mouth sores that so many quitters experience but I also deal with sleep issues, acid reflux issues, cognitive issues, anxiety and a slew of others. Have you ever felt like your jaw was going to crawl off your face because I was tingling so bad? I did. 

And I know this isn’t the point of the question but just because the “government” tells me something doesn’t mean I’m going to believe it. In fact… it might make me not believe it. But I digress.

So if I found out if dipping didn’t lead to cancer would I still quit? Hell yes.

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4 Comments

  1. If chewing didn’t cause cancer, I’d give up whacking off and sex before I gave up chewing. Chew is the friend who is always up for anything. It keeps the weight off. It makes long car rides tolerable. It’s been there for me the second I wake up every morning and has ensured that I poop right before my shower each and every day. But…it does cause cancer and it will kill you, which is not something a great friend does most of the time.

  2. That is an incredibly difficult question for me to answer. It really depends on when you had asked me it. If you had asked me before I had been quit for 945 days, I would have absolutely said, “Yes, I would dip if it were safe.”

    My quit started because of a friend’s cancer scare and the fact I was sick of being a prisoner to my addiction. After quitting, there were so many things i didn’t realize about my habit. For one, I didn’t realize how moody the nicotine made me. I became a much calmer person afterwards and much less prone to outbursts. My blood pressure also went down.

    I can easily say now that there’s NFW I’d go back to it even if it were “safe”.

  3. That is a Great Answer and makes sense! Now when you say “cognitive issues, anxiety and a slew of others. Have you ever felt like your jaw was going to crawl off your face because I was tingling so bad? I did” Was that while you were trying to quit or while you were using dip regularly? Thanks,

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