PA Quitter

Shmeid avatarWow…100 days. Thank you October 2016, you are the dumpster fire I never thought I needed.

I suppose calling it a Hall of Fame speech has always seemed a little odd to me. The Hall of Fame in most contexts means that you have had a long career, you are the best at what you do, and you deserve recognition for being outstanding. The only long career I have had is my time spent fingering Skoal mint long cut, and yeah I was the best at it, and I certainly don’t deserve recognition for it…

The problem with the HoF nomenclature is that most of us probably see it as just a beginning, not the end…and that’s a good thing. 100 days in my back pocket of no dip…that is definitely significant don’t get me wrong…but 100 days doesn’t even come close to the 2,190 I spent being the NB’s…well…bitch.

I was 15 years old when I first tried dip. Man do I wish I could go back and slap myself and never try that shit. I tried it on and off until I was 20 and then started using all day every day because all of my friends did and I thought it was cool/felt good. How dumb could I be? After I graduated college I continued to Ninja dip and hide it from everyone. I would dip in the bathroom, wait for my GF to go to sleep before dipping at night, dipping at work…and the worst part was thinking about dip all day every day. Then one day my left ear kind of felt “full” and would click a lot and sometimes hurt. I knew it was the dip killing me, it was a sign that I needed to stop, and I did, I quit for a whole year!

I felt amazing, I felt like myself again…it was hard but I did it. Then one day I’m driving in PA and pass by a Wawa with $2 cans of Skoal mint. One dip for old times’ sake won’t hurt right? WRONG! I fell back in the hole for another year or so…

I knew I needed to quit and I was winding down for it. I tried Jake’s mint chew and other fake in the past to help, but nothing seemed to work. I knew I needed to go cold turkey. One can a day, to one dip a day, to one dip every other day…then on my 3rd day of being quit I found KTC after googling “how to quit dip.”

I don’t know what I expected to find, but apparently I found the solution. The explanation of the quit, the personal struggle, and the live chat all resonated with my experience so I decided to give it a try. 100 days later and I am confident that KTC saved my life. I wasn’t the most active person on this site, but I read everything, absorbed all the past knowledge that I could, and promise TODAY that I am quit.

I don’t know about tomorrow, but today I won’t have any of that shit.

I am proud of you, you god damn dumpster fire. This quit was all about me, but I couldn’t have done it without any of you. THANK YOU!

-Shmeid

NOTE: This piece written by KillTheCan.org forum member Shmeid

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