2012 HOF Speeches

Quit – nkoch 100 Day Message

KTC Logo Old PhotoJust like everyone else, I cannot believe it has been 100 days. I started dipping when I was fifteen. I played on a traveling baseball team and the coach almost influenced it. By the end of high-school, I was dipping a can a day. College, it just continued. If I have learned anything from my time dipping, it is that addiction is a scary thing

Now, I am 24 and finally dip-free (100 days). My choice to quit was not easy but one day something just clicked and I knew it was time to stop. I only wish that I could have known the facts when I was fifteen and cheeking dip at my baseball games.

Most people, including myself, do not like to be micromanaged. Nicotine is something that micromanaged me. I had a dip in the morning on the way to work. I drove around on my lunch break and dipped. I dipped in the shower. I dipped while watching TV and after every meal. I would even make excuses to leave my girlfriends house to go dip, which is extremely appalling because I have a smoking hot girlfriend. Essentially, dip ran my life.

Now, the only thing in my life associated with dip is this website. Kill The Can has been a great resource for my quit. However, there is one thing that I would change. Everyone on this website has the daily challenge of staying quit. To me, it’s a challenge I wish I didn’t have to deal with. Wouldn’t it have been a lot easier if we never started? From now on, I want to inform those around me of the controlling nature nicotine can have on an individual. People, especially younger people, need to know of the all negative things associated with nicotine and the physical and physiological damages it has. So, I am not only going to challenge myself to continue posting on KTC, but I will also post daily on another informational website that advocates for teens against tobacco. I challenge you to do the same.

Finally, to all the participants of Kill the Can, thank you for your support. At first I was doubtful of this resource, but holy shit, it does work. For those just starting, keep on it.

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

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