What Is Life Without Dip Like?

Change Your LifeCan’t even imagine life without dip? It has been my best friend, it is my lover, it is my security. One day you will then realize that your best friend was trying to kill you and screw your girlfriend.

There is a real life after dip. Sure, you will go through a few really bad days to start out. Yes, you will have other tough days in the future, but what you will not go through is your life being controlled by a tin. Do I have enough to get through the night? Can I sneak off and grab a fast dip when I am out to dinner? How many times have you gone to the bathroom during the middle of a meeting? Yum, nothing like a ripe spit can left in your car in August for 5 days at the air port in New Orleans.

What is life without dip like? It’s not missing all of the crap listed above and more. It’s like you have beat the demon! Now after just about a year off the crap, I feel like I can accomplish anything. Sure, the first few days really suck but then you will see just about everyday gets better. You will feel good about yourself for the first time in years. You will be able to go to a party and not dip; you will play softball and not think about a can. Yes you can drive without a dip in and yes the lawn mower will start without a fatty, all while saving $1,700 bucks a year!

You are scared shitless about the concept of quitting, your blood pressure is already out of control because of dip and your anxiety attacks are coming more often. You know you need to quit but you can not bear to think about life without the can. It can be done, there are 100s around this place everyday that are living proof.

Quitting is not easy, hell it has been about the hardest thing that I have ever done and the most rewarding. Who knew that quitting could even be fun? You will meet the best guys and gals on this site. I don’t think that there is a city in the country that I could not hit up another quitter for a place to stay and a bite to eat. I know of no place else where you send a cry for help and have 20 other quitter by you side cheering you on or kicking your ass. I know of nowhere else that I can ask any question and have a expert answer it.

The fact is, quitting was tough, but not near as bad as I had feared! It can be done and it is being done every day on this site. So my question is; why are you still killing yourself when you now know that there is a place that will give you the power and tools to quit?

Quit today for today, we will worry about tomorrow when it gets here. Repeat the process one day at a time and some day you will be the one giving advice on how to quit the evil weed. So when you do quit, never forget to Pay it Forward!!!

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  1. I just started my no dipping journey. I am 3 hours and I’m doing good. About to fall a sleep and wake up eat breakfast shower the normal before work crap. I have a third of a can left. I’m only going to use it when I absolutely need it. Very small dip.no fatty. I quit one time for a month then failed. Then I have relapsed 3 effing times. I need to do it. I really do. It has made me do some really stupid stuff that I could pay the consequences for tomorrow. Wish me luck. I’m hoping for the best. Hoping i didnt mess my life up over dip. Ill update tomorrow after work. Any advice would be awesome.

  2. Joshua Wayne Dudley

    Well im almost 24 hours into quitting. Hasnt been a very good day! Day 2 and 3 get any better?

  3. I started buying and regularly using dip when I was twelve (12) years old. I quit about a year and a half ago, at the age of 47. I used dip, every day of my life, from 12 till 47, that’s 35 years of daily use, give or take a year… When I say “use”, I mean, if I was awake, I had a dip in my mouth… I just quit, walked away from it, with no assistance, because I don’t want to die from a dipping related disease. That motivated me! You have to find what motivates, truly motivates you. If I can do it, anyone can!

  4. Am 22 years old and have been dipping ever since high school. Probably about six years now. I am currently on about 48 hours since my last dip.Could use any type of advice or motivation. Thanks all!

  5. After 22 years of tobacco use, I have quit for good. One week in and I’m feeling more positive about my decision, however, now I’m dealing with a sinus infection and some mild depression. This last week at work has been very challenging. While I’m starting to feel more focused, all I can think about is having a pouch. I could tuck one in so tightly that I often had no urge to spit. Swallowing a little juice? No problem. It’s amazing to consider how my body has adapted to this addiction. Mouth cancer, stomach cancer, heart disease–every chew was a step closer to death. Now every day is a step closer to a new life. One moment I’m cursing at the pettiest of things; and the next moment all I want to do is sleep. This is why I’m home today from work. So, just getting it out there. I’m afraid to tell my family and my co-workers. I’m a fucking liar. The paradox of tobacco addiction: it delivers pleasurable feelings, but then it can turn you into a horrible human being. I know I’m better than this.

  6. 28 years old. Been dipping a can a day for 5 years. Ive noticed gum loss and slight tooth decay. And seeing those commercials on tv lately warning about dip; yesterday 9/4/17 I have decided to quit. 24 hours in and it’s been rough. I haven’t stopped thinking about it. But there’s just a little spark in the back of my mind that’s proud of myself for ending this.

  7. Hey guys.
    I smoked from 18 to 26, then quit cold turkey. It was actually pretty easy, but I picked up dipping 3 months later. I turn 30 this week and I’m 1 week dip free right now. For the last 4 years I’ve been doing about 1 can every 24 hours and I enjoyed it. Driving, working in the shop, relaxing in bed, out in the ranch shooting guns. I always needed a pinch after I ate, first thing waking up and last thing before bed.

    I’m going cold turkey again and so far this week has been pretty easy. This is my first attempt at quoting and so far I know I have complete control.

    They make shredded beef jerky in a can at gas stations, I’ve been doing pinches out of that to satisfy the habitual movements until I can detox all the nicotine out. I suggest everybody try that.

    I am enjoying the extra energy, I’m sleeping a little better and longer. Kinda nice now that nobody is looking at me thinking i am so gross for spitting in a can. My teeth are getting a little whiter.

    Everybody is different but attitude is everything!
    Instead of telling yourself “I want to dip but I can’t.” Give yourself some power and control… “I can dip, but I don’t want to.”

  8. Well guys Iam 55 years old and have been dipping since I was 9 years old have quit I dont know how many times. It’s always been because someone has told me ah you need to quit.I can tell from experience you will never quit completly until YOU want quit not some telling you that you need to. I happy to say Iam getting closer to that day I want quit.

    • 33 years old, done it since 20. On day 4 of my second try at quitting. First lasted 9 mos. Had a cigarette (thanks cuz) then the crave came back.

      Here we are again. Feeling a lil’ raw.

  9. Chewed for over 10 years and actually quit on accident I was working a lot and didn’t realize I hadn’t chewed in like 2 days the all at once BAM withdrawals hit me so hard it sent me to the er it was hell first two weeks anxiety was awful and the fog was hell I had sweats and night terrors and body aches and pains I had almost every symptom there was to have today I am 33 days quit and feeling a lot better just still have some anxiety stay strong fellers it gets better

  10. 105 days without a dip. I don’t think about it often. I still have the occasional craving but it isn’t overwhelming. Keep up the fight everyone. I didn’t think I could make it this far. First few days were hell but it is worth it.

  11. Dipped for 13 years. 42 now…picked up the stupid habit at 29 years old like a jackass. Quit 2 nights ago…40.5 hours down. Its kicking my butt!

    • Hahah me too! Started late 20’s. I’m 42 now. I’m quit since July 25th. I thought it was going to be hell….but everyday without a dip made me feel good about me…..and that keeps me going! Hang in there PJ!

      • Well, I am back on it here because I failed in September 2016. This time, I am at 83 hrs quit so far…3 days, 11 hours. Feels easier this time. Maybe I wanted it more? If I can do this then I truly believe anyone can. There wasnt a part of my life where a dip wasnt involved. Wakking up, after eating, driving, work, ever take communion with a dip in your mouth? This dipshit right here has. Smuggling cans on a cross country flight like Im Pablo Escobar smuggling cocaine into the country. Best of luck to each of you. Godspeed!

  12. On day 2. This is effen hard. I keep looking at mouth cancer pics to keep me away.

    • On day 4 and a half all I think about is Skoal been at it for 14 years never knew how bad it had a hold on me this is miserable.

  13. Made it through my first day. No chaw. Hate life. On to day 2. Miss my Cope Mint…

    • How you doing PJ? Are you 3 weeks in now? Congrats if you are. If not keep fighting bro. On my 2nd day. This sucks but self esteem improving just because I was able to stop one day….

  14. 30 yrs old been dippin since I was 12 (worked on a farm) never had anxiety attacks before but they have now gotten to the point of freaking me out don’t wanna use nicotine any more and don’t want to be put on a prescription anti depressant someone please tell me this stage will pass. Want to feel like myself again!!!

  15. I started buying and using my own Copenhagen when I was just 11 years old, one to one and a half cans, every two days. (I also had a job, of some kind or another since then.) I’m 47 now… So, 36 years… I quit about 3 months ago, not because of anything in particular. Sure, I was, am, concerned about my health and I don’t like the negativity associated with the habit, mostly, I find, out people’s ignorance and blatant, anti tobacco stupidity… Still, it’s a vice, one that can, and likely will, catch up to me, may still catch up to me… I’ve never had mouth, stomach, esophageal cancer, tooth loss or periodontal disease of any kind. I felt it was just time to quit, so I did. I almost always enjoyed my Copenhagen, then later Skoal. It was easy to walk away from, allot easier than I anticipated. I think allot of people just like to whine allot about the most minor of nicotine withdrawal symptoms, but the bottom line; if that’s what is stopping you, don’t let it! The withdrawal stories you read about are, to the greater degree, a bunch of hooey. Three days and the physical withdrawals are over, what little there is of them, then you just have to deal with the habituation issues. This, by far, has been the hardest for me to overcome, the mere ritualization and habituation in the act, of chewing smokeless tobacco. I still miss it every bit as much now, as I did the second day after I put the can down for good. I suspect this will stick with me for the rest of my life… It is what it is.

    • I feel your pain. I’ll be 47 this year. Began dipping at about age 10. I quit cold turkey over 9 months ago just because. All is well. I do seem to have vivid dreams every night. I have lost interest in many activities that I used to really enjoy. I spend more time exercising to try and keep off the extra pounds. I go to bed quite a bit earlier than I used to. I have had several dreams where I caved in and bought a can, causing anger the next morning. I still think about a fresh dip of Cope every single day but I’m not giving in.

  16. Day 4 for me. 27 years. Feel great, just ran for more than 20 minutes. Feels like I have more energy. Henry

  17. I am 50 years old and have been dipping Copenhagen for 36 years, 1 can every 2 days, I am on my third day without dip and it seems the worst part is when I reach for it and realize that’s not in my life anymore. I fully anticipate the next few weeks to be strange days.

  18. 28 days of no chew. I am not going to lie or sugarcoat it. I have been going through a major depression and anxiety. I really hope that I can stay tobacco free for the rest of my life, but sometimes it still scares me. It’s like I lost a good friend of mine.

  19. Day 6 without dup miss it like a kid dies dad lol but getting better day by day my teeth sore any one have this problem and the fog is HELL..

  20. I’m on my 4th quit. KTC gas helped me the last three times. I am 11 days in and this is the worst quit yet. I am a mess. I am only sleeping 2 to 3 hours a night. My brain actually hurts because it wants nicotine so bad. I can’t sit still and my emotions are all over the place. This is miserable. All I think about is dip still, even after 11 days. I am a zombie from the lack of sleep.

  21. New here. 10th day off the dip. Days 2-5 seemed to be the worst. Did anyone else have swelling on the top of their mouth to where it hurt to swallow? Seems to have gone somewhat away but am still concerned. Also had ear pain and jaw pain but those have also gone away almost.

  22. 4th day without dip….i m going good..only ptoplm i m facing is i m not able to concentrate on studies coz it trigers the urge to have a dip..i have exams…what should i do…i hate nicotine…m nt gonna put it into my system again..

  23. I’m on day 2 right now. Closing in on 48 hours. All I can think about is how badly I want to go buy a can. I’m sweating. Trembling hands. Temperamental. Realizing I introduced approximately the same amount of nicotine as three packs of cigarettes a day. I wan’t to quit this cold turkey, but my mind is wandering. Does nicotine gum/patches help? I can only eat so many sunflower seeds and gummy bears….

    How do I take my mind off of this?? It’s a churning cement truck in my head right now. F*** YOU SKOAL!

    • How long did you do it? If you can survive day 3 you got it made. I tell you what go workout like a mad man, and I mean bust your freaking butt at the gym like you aint never done it before, drink water like a dude lost in the desert and piss it like a horse. Don’t do any of the stuff you did when you were popping that dip, at least try not to, and keep your mind away from it as much as you can. Go and look at some mouth cancer pics if you can handle that kind of visual stuff and then every time there is a craving think about those pics, you will change your tune quickly I tell ya, and most important of all, man up don’t cave in. Come back here and tell us that you crossed that third day.

    • A buddy im 8 days and i dipped for the last 14 years i bought some fake dip havnt had no withdraw just a few nights no sleep but beer helped w that fake dip worked for me

    • You never posted after this; I hope you didn’t quit quitting.
      The first three days are a haze and not a fun one. Days 4 and 5 you start to feel good. Then, a week without it? I cried. I’ve never cried about anything less than my dog dying in 20 years.

      But now I am nearly 2 months free without nicotine entirely.
      I am free.
      I am happy.
      I am healthy.
      I AM F**KING FREE!

  24. Day 5 for me.and not going to dip.

  25. 16 years old, don’t give me the bs line bout how I ain’t old enough. I live in the country and been dipping since I was 11. Roughly 2 cans a day. My pocket has sores and yellow patches, and from here on out I will never put a dip in again.

  26. A week and a half

  27. How long does it take to get out of your system,and what can you expect the first week.

  28. Day 1, only dipped on and off for 1.5 years. The fog has set in, I don’t expect it to last very long.

  29. I’m 26 days clean from dip, I think about it all the time still. I watch baseball everynight and see the players with a big wads in and spittin the juice… In the end I know I will never go back to that lifestyle. A week before I quit I kept thinking that this could and very well will kill me. Why not quit. I hadnt been hanging around with buddies that dip for a couple months then and I figured it was a great time to quit no pressure. I didn’t tell anybody, didn’t even tell my girlfriend until a week into it. I don’t know if it was because I was scared I’d fail or just didn’t want to talk about it. Well I’m here now, I’m still alive. Killthecan.org is a great community

  30. Day one no dip

  31. On day 12 right now been tough but doing good so far..

  32. Starting day 1. No dip last night or this morning, Hell has kicked in lol

  33. I’m trying to get my hubby to stop chewing. 30’years of it. He’s got it in his mind that he wants to quit but won’t move off that mark. Any ideas to move him forward would be great.

    Thank you,
    Worried Wife in Idaho

    • Hey Keva – have you told him about out community? We’ve got nearly 23,000 members that “get it” because we know what he’s going through… we’ve all been right there. It’s the best place on the web to get questions answered and support from people who know what he’s dealing with. http://forum.killthecan.org

  34. 3 days in, caved a month ago after 2 months. starting the journey once again..

  35. One week without and a foggy day today at work – but determined to keep moving forward!

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