NYJETFAN HOF Speech
My addiction to tobacco began when I was a freshman in college. I was part of the baseball team at my college and all the upperclassmen dipped and I thought I would look cooler if I dipped too. My first dip was a snus in the library to take the edge off while study. My first time dipping actual tobacco was in a dorm room where I dipped a pouch of skoal. From that moment on, I was hooked. I went through a tin of grizzly wintergreen every two days for 5 years. I then moved onto grizzly wintergreen pouches for a year until mustering up the courage to quit one day at a time.
I have tried everything to stop dipping, nicotine gum and lozenges. The only thing that helped was this site and cold turkey. I am only 25 and started to constantly worry about my health because I dip. I work on Wall Street and no one dips while in a suit. It was time to end it. I found that exercising really helps, also limit drinking the first week or so. I found that my anxiety was the toughest part of stopping. I liked to post on this site but limit myself to thinking about the fact that I quit to not pysch myself out.
Tobacco brings nothing to the table. Something my father told me as he had quit smoking after 10 years was the following, you will either die using tobacco or you will stop using tobacco. You will eventually stop, it will either be by death or you will stop under your own power. I tried to quit for the entire six years I dipped. I am so happy I am free and I just focus on quitting one day at a time. Thank you to Eric (Candoit) he was the first person from this site to go out of his to support me. Also, Atown (Anthony) also reached out to help me. This site is amazing and I wish every true addict out there could find it. It sucks when I see my friends so hopelessly addicted and I know it is getting them nowhere to go outside and have a cigarette or a dip. I wish the stores would completely stop selling tobacco in general and force everyone to stop even against their will.
If anyone needs support or would like to chat please pm me for my phone number. This site will always hold a special place in my heart.
NOTE: This piece written by KillTheCan.org forum member NYCJetfan