Symptoms of Quitting Dip and Chew

Symptoms When Quitting NicotineQuitting dipping is not an easy thing… if you’re like most of us, when you quit you’ll go through some withdrawal symptoms… These are completely normal. That being said… if you are concerned about a particular symptom, by all means go to a doctor and get checked!!! This will help both your peace of mind and may catch something before it gets serious.

Dip Dreams – you’ve been dipping for years sometimes decades. Your brain is used to thinking a certain way with a certain amount of nic in it… once that’s taken away many people have “dip dreams”. These dreams range from mild to incredibly intense. Many times people will wake up after a dip dream and feel terrible because they really think that they caved. Many have reported that they can taste and smell the dip. Never fear… it’s only a dream.

Sores In Your Mouth (lip, tongue, cheek, etc.) – you’re done dipping… why does your mouth hurt so damn bad? You’ve got more sores in your mouth now than when you were dipping. What’s going on?!? There are a couple of explanations for this one. First, if you’re like most of us, you’ve found something to replace your dip to get you past the oral fixation (See Smokeless Alternatives). If you’re chewing seeds then there’s a TON of salt in your mouth that wasn’t there before. Also once you get dip out of your system the PH balance in your mouth is changing. Bottom line is this – get to a dentist and get checked out. But unless something stays around for more than two weeks you should be good to go.

Can’t Sleep – you’ve quit dipping and now you can’t sleep at all. Never fear, this is completely normal experience. It’ll take a while, but your sleep patterns will return to normal.

The Fog – you’re dizzy… you can’t think straight… your head hurts… you find yourself staring at your computer screen for hours on end not reading anything. Welcome to the dip fog. Your brain can’t handle the fact that you’re no longer feeding it dip. It might last just a couple of days and it might last a couple of weeks. Do not fret… once the fog lifts you’re well on your way to being dip free. Check out this article that Chewie has written about The Fog Of Quitting Dip

Headaches – you might have one that brings you to your knees, or you might just have that dull thud feeling all day long — this too shall pass.

Sore Throat – If you’re a dipper and you quit you’re scared of anything that’s “off”. Why when you quit dipping do you suddenly get a sore throat? We’re not sure why but it happens more often than you’d think. Drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated. This will help flush the nicotine and will help with your sore throat.

Anxiety – for years you’ve been dealing with life while medicating yourself with nicotine — it’s gone now and your body isn’t used to dealing with life without it. This condition will pass though you may want to talk to a doctor about some medication to take the edge off.

Problems “Going” – whether you know it or not, nicotine is a laxative. It’s helped keep you “regular” through all of your years of dipping. It takes some people a while to get their body adjusted to going without their natural dip laxative. Drink plenty of water and eventually this one will be “behind you”.

Hot Flashes – This one has been reported as a real doozey. Face, arms, legs, etc. can be very “warm” with some intense sweats. While this is a “symptom” it’s also been quite the trigger for some folks. Drink some water, get to the site and talk.

Depression – Many people have dipped for years or decades. Removing such an integral (though deadly) part of your life can lead to some pretty serious behavioral issues including depression. Talk to the folks on the boards as this is pretty common. As with any health issue please don’t hesitate to see a doctor as well. For more details about depression as a quitter click here.

There are a variety of other symptoms that have been attributed to quitting dip. If you don’t see yours listed, contact us and let us know about it!

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  1. My name is Elton, 30 years old and I have successfully killed the can after 10 years.
    I think. Or at least I am trying to think again, on my own.
    It has been a rough 19 days so far and now I am just super depressed.
    I’m wore out from the battle and been really mopey.

    Listen, I have a tip to share.. and in return I’m hoping someone may have advice that could help me get my spirits back.

    My tip will not work for everyone, and it may not work for me again. I have tried quitting two dozen times and never lasted more than 2 whole days before one anxiety screws me over. The panic feeling of not having the can and needing to get it.

    For some people if the can is in front of them, it’s being dipped. For me it comes down to a battle of self control, one that I can win when I feel in power. So I took a can down to half and kept it in front of me. I convinced myself I was safe because I had it, so I got that panic feeling out of the way. The half empty can went with me everywhere I went and even though I had a few sweaty mental battles I made it through.. I didn’t drive rushed to the closest market endangering myself or others.

    Took me 11 days to kill the can though, literally. I emptied out the tobacco so my brain wouldn’t convince me to find the can later with goodies inside.

    Let me know if this works for you, if your mentality is like mine, it may just be a pro tip.

    I really don’t know what to do about depression or what might help me because I never thought it would get to me. I used to be a very happy person and now I feel like I am making others around me put up with me. I have a wonderful wife and she is my life, but the sad truth which usually leads my depression is both of us have lost our families in the last 10 years. I started smoking when I lost my grandparents and started chewing to quit smoking.. just a big spiral. Without many details her side of the family is down to JUST her sister and mine is down to an aunt, half-bro, and half-sis. It was almost like we were wiped out! Well that’s harsh to say.. but I’m depressed remember lol.

    • I think your right. For me anyway. I threw my can away this morning out of the blue. Hadn’t thought about quitting in yrs just woke up met with God and He says its time to move on from that. Half way through this day and I’ve had fit after fit, just anxiety, psyching myself out that I need it. Finally I dug it out of the trash, haven’t used any yet but just having it out seemed to change everything.

  2. My fiancé is about 2 weeks in – he quit smoking last year cold turkey, but had dip to fall back on. This year he quit dip cold turkey and I can only imagine how hard it is! He’s been super nauseated and loose bowels the last couple of days and this morning wondered if it was a withdrawal symptom. Sounds like it surely could be, right? He pointed to his ribs and said it hurt. Felt hungry but didn’t want to eat and feel like crap. Said he spent all day in the bathroom. That’s a lot of info but I thought I’d check in because most of the sites say it’s usually constipation but his is opposite. Just wondering!

    • I have had these issues as well. I have been dip free for 59 days now and I still am battling physical pains. First it started with headaches, neckaches, and shoulder aches. Then it moved into my chest and ribs. This was very painful for me. I actually went to the hospital to check and make sure I didn’t have a heart attack.

      Now the pain and discomfort is in my stomach and lower abdomen. I have been to the doctor a couple of times about this and we are doing some tests to make sure I have no disease, but I will definitely say my whole digestive schedule has been off. Plus throughout this whole time, my anxiety has been out the roof.

      Your fiance is not alone. He just needs to stay focused on the end prize of living a healthier life. Everything else will sort itself out along the way.

  3. If you want to quit just quit and dont look back. If you really have cravings put coffee beans in your lip works great.

  4. I’ve been dipping since I picked it up in college (about 6 years) and I have tried everything you can think of to quit. It seems impossible but I can assure you it is doable. I have not dipped for over two weeks and I can attribute that to nicotine patches. This is something I would highly recommend if you were someone like me who used to plow through a can+ a day. Go with the step two patches to start as the step one patches have way too much nicotine and will drive you insane. These patches curb all of my cravings and have helped me to stop. You however need the drive to quit as these are not an end all answer. Even with the patches on I still crave chew after key times such as after I eat (I used to chew after every meal).

    It will get better and easier! If you’ve failed like me, try the patches. They will help.

  5. Has anyone experienced their joints ‘popping’? I was working out yesterday and my knees, elbows, shoulders, and back were all making a popping noise, like when you crack your knuckles. Never happened before, so I figured it was my body ‘waking’ up with more Oxygen.

  6. I quit cold turkey at the beginning of December. I am using some herbal chew to control the oral fixation as I will chew when I am working on my computer or watching TV. The first couple of weeks, I was thinking that this was going to be easy to quit after chewing for 20+years, well.. I guess I was wrong, almost 30 day’s after I quit, I am experiencing a lot of the withdrawal symptoms:
    tingling in the hands and feet
    nausea and intestinal cramping
    coughing, sore throat
    difficulty concentrating
    weight gain – I have gained 15lbs and I have been watching what I eat, plus exercising, but it seems whatever I eat goes right to my gut. The tingling in my hands and feet kinda freaked me out as I thought I was having a stroke.

    I am not going back to chewing again and will have to suffer through this.. reading everyone’s experience helps to know that I am not alone on this and I can do this. Good luck to everyone and keep the updates coming.

    • Jason Halliburton

      I feel you, im getting brain fog, anxiety (impending doom) diarrhea pfft. Melatonin helps keep you calm, benadryl helped me for sleep.

    • If you drink enough alcohol you will feel sick enough to not want to dip for days. Great way to kill the bug

    • Hey John,

      Did the tingling get better for you? I’m 9 days into my quit now and it’s driving me insane.

      • Hey Ben… it did get better.. lasted for a few days. Now I don’t have any issues with tingling. Only issue I have now is the funk/fog. Feels like I have a steel helmet on my head, but it is my armour to keep me off of chewing. It is a nice constant reminder of how nicotine was messing with my body and how I never want to go back.

        • Did your sleeping go back to normal as well, John? I’m on day 17 and the biggest issue im having is the insomnia.

          • Yes… I get much better sleep now… before I quit I would sleep 9 hours and wake up tired and have a chew to pick me up. After 76 days without nicotine, I fall asleep faster and only need about 7 hours of sleep each night.

    • I know the feeling. I’m two weeks into quitting my 37 year habit of chewing tobacco and man am l on edge. Hungry all the time. Hope this gets better!!!!

  7. I had just started to quit back in August 2017 when my mother passed away… that destroyed me and I started back. Grizzly Dark Wintergreen Pouches, used to be a little over a can a day, now I’m up to two cans a day. I decided finish the can I have and quit for good. I’m recently engaged and have two little step kids that I love dearly and would absolutely love to quit this before it hurts me. I’ve done this since I was 15 (will be 23 in March) and it’s gotten worse the older I’ve gotten.

    I got two pouches left, and I’m done. My previous quit was tough cause I couldn’t sleep… how do you counter that? I’m big on Wintergreen lifesavers, and that helped me last time. It’s just the sleep and the forgetfulness I need help…

    • Hey man I am having trouble with the sleep too. Has yours gotten any better?? Does anyone else on here have trouble sleeping as well? I’ve been quit for 2 weeks now and feel like my sleep is finally starting to get back to normal. Hope your quitting efforts are going well.

      • I’m 9 days in to quitting cold turkey and last night was the first night I had trouble sleeping. I am up now after only sleeping 3hrs typing this. Hope this doesn’t last too long, but I will tell you I am gonna get through this, what a stupid drug nicotine is.

        • My sleeping is slowly starting to return and im on day 17 after dipping for 4.5 years. It has been tough, but we are gonna beat the stupid nicotine.

  8. Tejas vijaykumar soni

    I am from india so here generally chew is composed of betel nuts +tobacco+lime water. I have swelling under my tongue nd still i m not able to quit it. I chewed for last 5 years . Nd i am 24 now. As a new year resolution i have choose to quit tobacco completely. Wish me luck guys..

  9. Honestly, if you tell yourself you’re going to do it, its easy for the first two days. The reason being your mouth actually starts to feel better almost immediately. I dipped since 14 and am 26 now. I was almost at two cans a day before I decided to quit a month or so ago. The first few days are very easy when you notice the immediate health benefits. The best way I found to quit dipping is to scare the ever living shit out of yourself. I started actually going to the mirror and looking at my mouth, feeling my mouth and compared it to cancerous symptoms. I went to the dentist a few months ago and he said I was fine, but the fear itself got me to quit cold turkey. Actually take your fingers and run them along you gum line, feel the actual damage you are doing to yourself, then picture yourself without a jaw. Could you live with yourself? Are you a decently young guy who wants to look forward to a future? Think about that shit, dip is not that important, chew some gum and get over your own selfishness.

    • I quit over a week ago now. Chewed everyday and smoked occasionally since i was 16 now 26. Enough was enough on the cost. Quit cold turkey. There’s only two options. Throw the shit away and just tell yourself your done or keep going to lose your face. Simple as that. Yeah cravings suck try and sleep as much as you can. It helps a ton. But you have to be ready to quit. I wish all of you the best. It’s never to late. Myself I have the sore throat and mouth sores on my upper lip which I never dipped in and one that’s on the lower.

    • I just want to say that I too have decided to quit. It took me realizing I’ve got a couple bad teeth to just say I’m done. I actually went through looking at my mouth, thinking about not having a jaw and how that would kill me inside. I’m also 26 but I started when I was 15. What a small world for two individuals of with similar names to come to the same conclusion and method of kicking it to the curb.

  10. I’m about a week in. Suddenly it feels natural to breath through my mouth instead of my nose. Is this normal?

    • I’m on day 5 of quitting after 4 years, I have rib pain, terrible headaches, and digestive problems, I believe all of this is normal right?

  11. 33 yr old on my 11th day of no tobacco after 18 years of dip. Just wanted to share my story with you all. I made the decision on 12/3/17 to quit. The next morning I woke up to hear a childhood friend of mine had died that morning from an overdose. He served our country, was married and had a 6 year old daughter. It hit me hard like a ton of bricks. It would have been easy for me to get a can, help the stress and throw one in. I didn’t but I wanted to. To be quite honest, it was hell. I had rough days and nights, felt like I was missing something in my life and I didn’t know what to do with my free time. I pushed through, then Thursday came when I had to attend my friends funeral. Another battle where I was not going to let tobacco win. Not comparing drugs to dip but as I sat there I thought about how that could be me. I have a choice, I’m stronger than dip and I’m sure as hell not going to let it beat me. This has been my 10th, heck maybe 20th time I have tried to quit. I’ve never made it this far but I know for a fact I’ll never put one in again. I’ll be praying for all you guys trying to do the same. Do it for yourself, but do it for the ones who love you also. Anyone can die any day, but help yourself and get ahead of preventable health issues. It’s a hard battle but one you can win! Good luck guys, you got this.

  12. It is day 100, i really wasn’t sure i would get here at first but i made it. I think in some ways I’ll always fight the monster is some way, but i feel i got him under control for the future.. Thanks to everyone on this site for what has been written before me and the articles, it reminded me i wasn’t alone in this fight.. After 37 years of trying to quit i just told myself to quit cold turkey because if i was to do the fake snuff i would be right back on the real snuff. I guess for me it all or nothing so i picked nothing and held on for the ride.. Now i have the tools to stay quit for good so thanks again, and like it been said many times before if i can do it so can you. Keep up the good work and stay of the snuff.

  13. After you sign up, you should be able to find your quit group. Click on “Quit Group”, and then click on February. You can then post on there, and we can help you out with any questions.

    If you run into any problems, feel free to post back here and I’ll check back to help out.

  14. Thanks for the reply. Been doing a lot of reading and very little interacting. Can’t find where to go for my quit group which should be February. Been searching.

  15. Checkin’ back in on all you folks. Hope you all are hanging in there. Someone mentioned something in an earlier post about hearing and I’ll be doggoned, yesterday, I could hear better than I could the day before. If this is because of quitting chew…I am amazed. Also, wanted to ask…has quitting made acid reflux flare up? I’ve noticed it more since I quit chewin’ then I ever have before. It has been a rare occurrence in my life but it’s been pestering me more often since I quit. How long is it going to take to get through this insomnia. I’ve been catching more Z’s at night…couple times during the day accidentally (don’t tell the boss). What really gets me is when I wake up an hour and a half before the alarm goes off and I just shake my head and get up and start my day. Glad I found you folks. Holler back at me if you get the chance. Would love to hear from you folks.


  16. I am 49 years of age and have been dipping since 16 or so. I’ve tried to quit before but failed. Now I have no choice. I have been experiencing chest pains and I know this has to do with chewing. I do workout some but not enough. I am looking at early next week with quitting. Glad to have found this website. I am sure I will be back when I hit day one or day two. Thanks to everyone for showing that this can be done!

    • Hi Sir, I had the same issues i dipped for about 13 years, 17 to 30 years old. Got chest pains went to hospital checked out fine, i quit cold turkey and then the anxiety and everything else hit me like a bus this lasted hardcore for over a month. I returned to the hospital 3 times during this time thinking i was dying lol i made them run every test in the book. I was always fine. Eventually i got through it and was living life fine. I ended up just recently starting to dip again like an idiot and i am back to square one. Same symptoms i am currently 6 days in to quitting again and it feels this time may be harder. Let me know of your progress please

  17. First of all, I dipped for about 36 years. I’m 48 now. My son, who just graduated from High School in the spring started dipping recently, within the last year. I told him I wish that he hadn’t made that choice. I told him if I had a chance to not start I wouldn’t. He called me out on it. So, about 10 days ago I quit straight up, cold turkey…and I threw soda in there as well to be cut out of my life just to prove to him that as tough as chew was gonna be to quit…I’ll stack the odds to show him his old man is still a pretty doggone tough character. It’s been tough but I’ve been doing it. The insomnia has been a nightmare. So tired. Mind in the clouds (fog). Sapping my energy. Toughest fight I’ve ever been in and I’m not gonna lose. For the rest of you all…stay the course. Keep pushin’. Bless you. God as my witness, I’ll never chew again.

    • Doug, I hope you are doing well and haven’t gone back. We are the same age and started at the same time. I took my last dip yesterday at 5 pm when I left work. Are storiews sound the same. Good luck on your journey!

  18. Working on week 3 dip free after 3 years of dipping, but have clogged ears, swollen lymph node in neck on one side, tingling/numbness in chin, and some sinus drainage. Is this normal? Looking online, these symptoms don’t look good.

  19. I am 48 and have been chewing since age 15. The last several years I have chewed nearly a can per day. I have tried quitting several times previously and I have always failed. I am on day 23 of my quit now and I seem to have had almost all of the side effects. I have had anxiety, irritability, brain fog, sores, insomnia, and headaches. I also have strong mouth cravings which are hard to describe. I could not have made it this far without sugar free gum…chewing gum really helps alleviate the oral / mouth cravings. About a week ago, I also started taking 3 mg of melatonin at night to help with the insomnia and that helps a bit…although I am still waking up multiple times. On a positive note, I am gradually feeling better and I am starting to notice that my quit symptoms are getting a little easier to deal with each day. I have started some light exercising over the last week (going for walks) and that also seems to be helping. After going through all of this the last 23 days, I really want to make sure I never chew again. The stuff is horrible poison, and I do not think most people realize the impact it has on the brain. It steals our natural happiness from us and replaces it with happiness tied to the poison. I am never going through this again. I am done with this crap. To all of you on the days earlier than day 23, do whatever it takes to not relapse….it gets a little better every day…stay determined and you can free yourself from the poison that controls you.

  20. I’m quitting tonight cold turkey and I’m already freaking out for a dip been dipping for 13 years

    • Looking to join you

    • I just quit cold turkey this past Monday (10/30)..I am on day 4 now, and I can tell you the best thing to do, is occupy yourself during the times you used to dip and/or remove things from your life that used to trigger wanting to dip. Using me as an example, alcohol always triggered wanting to dip, so I have temporarily removed booze. In the mornings I used to dip before work, now I go and work out. I’m still getting over the symptoms of quitting, but doing the above has def helped!

    • I’m on day 2 after the dentist found a white spot on my cheek yesterday, cannot imagine my 2 and 6 year old waking up one day and me not being there. Dipped for 20 years, now 39…hopefully my biopsy will come out negative next week! Best of luck to you and all who are reading.

  21. Following this page and comments! My husband is on day #3 of quitting Copenhagen. He has chewed for over 10 years. We have a son nearly six months old though, and I can’t stand having our son around it. The smell, the mess he leaves, and the spit. I told him I didn’t know it before we had our son, but it scares me to have him around it so much. He had made no effort to quit the last six months. I hardly said anything. Then 3 days ago I went to kiss my husband goodnight, and couldn’t because he had a dip in. I told him that sucks, but at least I can kiss my son goodnight, and snuggle with him. My husband said he’s done. He quit right then and there. I’m like ummm okay. Still in shock. He keeps saying it’s a choice he had to make. No one could pressure him or decide when he needed to stop. He had to get there in his own.

    Now just waiting for the withdrawls that I know are coming. So will be reading for support and wisdom from previous quitters.

  22. My mouth hurts. I have been dipping for 35 years and I quit 5 days ago. Everything I eat tastes like it was dipped in hot sauce. my mouth burns no matter what I eat. I am in a fog and feel depressed. I do not have enthusiasm at all. Is all of this normal? Will this go away? I go through a bag of hard candy a day. This is what I substituted for the dip. I know it is a lot of sugar, but it is better than the dip. I really wnat a chew bad.


      Try jakes mint chew, it’s nowhere close to the sensation of dipping but if you really want to quit it’s a miracle substitute!! I quit a month ago from chew kodiak for 25 years.

    • Dave , I have been chewing for 40 years, I quit 8 days ago !!!! Get some Wrigley’s winter fresh gum, I use 3 pieces, chew it for awhile and then stick it where you usually put your dip !!! My mouth is all fk up right now, the roof of my mouth feels like a gravel road, little white bumps everywhere !!!! I even use that beef jerky chew !! So good luck to you and everyone else !!!! We can do this !!!!!!!!!


    • I quit a few times using fake chew and candy. You are better off to fight the urge and use nothing to Pasify. You tale away snuff and on top of that start putting tons of other irritants in your mouth and stomach.

  23. First thing I would recommend is to not supplement something for the dip. Just drop it. Pride is what will get you through it. It will be tough for about 2 weeks. You can do this.

    • I agree David, no supplementing. Ever since I was young I loved the mint candies. I find that they rough my cheak and it just makes me want to dip more. I am 31. I have dipped for almost 13 years. I have cut back a fair amount in the past and quit once cold turkey for about a week. Found out two days ago that a friend of mine got diagnosed with cancer on his tongue. He’s not much older than I. I finally said enough is enough. I am not going to allow this to control me any longer! Done done done! My wife had called me and told me about my friend; this was two days ago we found out. I was getting my car inspected, I through my dip on the ground and told myself this is the last time. I cleaned out all my vehicles and equipment that I use for business. All bottles and cans gone! I have to admit past two days have been really tough but I’m really glad I’m doing it. Hopefully it’ll get easier in the next couple weeks.

    • 2 weeks! Wow I should have quit along time ago. Yeah right 2 weeks.

      • It is a process. The first day seems easy, the second feels impossible and collectively the first two weeks after quitting cold turkey is the toughest. After that most of the physical withdrawals diminish. There will still be mental hurdles for a long time but most can manage if they have the willpower.

    • I quite dipping after about 20 years. Didn’t plan it. Came back from break at work, usually have a dip afterward, and said, not today. That was June 28th at 430 pm. First couple weeks was really tough. A lot of taking deep breaths and literally taking it one nicotine fit at a time. Gonna be 6 months next week. Can’t believe it. Not sure if it’s related, but started having severe anxiety about 3 weeks into the quit. Still battling that today. Anyone else experience this? And if so, does it go away eventually? The nicotine fits were a piece of cake compared to the anxiety. Holy moly!!!

  24. Day 3 this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’ve chewed for 7 years without anyone knowing including my wife. I broke down and told her a few weeks ago and agreed to quit so here I am. I quit a few years ago for 10 months and it seemed way easier than this but I didn’t chew as much. The last couple years I’ve learned to hide it and swallow the juice. Now I have to quit for myself and my family but it seems like this feeling will never go away. I’m using Smokey mountain and it helps but not the same. Just hoping I don’t cave. I keep wanting to ask someone for just one dip thinking it wouldn’t hurt. Wow. How can something so small control my life like this?

  25. Guys I am going on two months quitting cold turkey. I dipped for right at 30 years. Probably around 2 cans a week for most of that. I quit on mine and my wife’s anniversary. I will say, I have chewed a lot of gum. I am experiencing a lot of bloating now. Very weird, look like I am pregnant almost. I hear this will go away. Just wondering if anyone else experienced this.

  26. It’s only my 2nd day and I’ll be honest, I just feel depressed. I feel like I have lost my best friend. I used to chew over a can per day but dropped down to half a can per day a couple years ago. I think I have chewed during every single court appearance I’ve ever done as a lawyer.

    My wife has yelled at me constantly to quit, which really makes me want to chew even more. I loved just putting in a chew and getting through my work. It gave me a reason to be a night owl and stay up at night; I’d wait until my wife went to sleep and put in another chew.

    Now I’m sitting here at work and I am horribly ineffective. I am just groggy and unable to focus on the computer screen without falling asleep. I know how much I have to do but I can’t stop thinking about how much I would like to go buy a can.

    I’ve schemed as to how I could keep a secret can somewhere but I hate hearing “you’re weak” or “why can’t you quit?” I know this sounds pathetic, but I am wrestling with my mind on whether I even want to quit. Chewing has been a constant in my life for 13 years and it’s just so hard when I think about being without it.

    I am really wondering if cold turkey was the best choice for me. I might call the doctor for Chantix or something else.

      • This site is really helping, little over halfway thru day 2. Nice yo know people out there struggling. I had to quit about 2 years ago for basic training. Twice actually! I domt remember it being or hard but i also tell myself i did it twice before why not again. I enjoy reading everyones post. They really help!!!

    • Bro, do not cave! 1 min, 1 hr, 1 day at a time. Stuff your face with a souble cheeseburger or big burrito, you can work it off in a few days, jist no nicotine!

    • Stick it out! Look at it as a personal challenge. I have been taking the cash I would have spent and saving it. In the last two months I have set back $120.00. I used about 2 cans a week at $5 a can. You can do this. Be proud of what your doing. Not everyone is strong enough.

    • No do not take that stuff it will not help. Ben you did it the right way.. I’m going on 3 months now. I quit cold turkey just like you! I dipped 2 cans a day since I was 11! I am 31! You can do it BEN!! This might sound crazy but I kept telling myself quit being a little bi**ch everytime I got an urge. It WORKED!! I’m not going to let something control me!! Tell yourself that!! Also my wife helped me as well.. She was always there for me! You can do it BEN!!

    • I’m on day three, and I feel like I could hurt anyone in front of me. I had court today, and it was the 1st time in 19 years I didn’t have a chew in while testifying.. I am dying, I feel brain dead, and dizzy.. but also totally pissed off!

  27. Been dipping Copenhagen long cut for about 9 years. Started up at 19 years old to help quit smoking. Smoked off and on but never really quit dipping. I am no longer a smoker but i got to the point of about a can a day. Haven’t had a dip in 4 days. The headaches are brutal. And I can’t stop eating. Gained over 5 pounds already! On day 1 I hung out with a fellow dipper who absolutely disgusted me. Tobacco on his lips and teeth. Spitting everywhere….it was awful! It was a blessing in disguise because it made me want to quit for good. I just hope these headaches go away

    • Day 3 of quitting cold turkey after about 20+ years of Kodiak. Stopped drinking Monster as well and must have had 2-3 of those a day. Feel like hell and just want to sleep or get Monster, seeds and Kodiak back in my life. Wife and kids hate me already now on day 3 because I am a walking zombie and soooo on edge and cranky. Hoping day 4-5 are better. This Smokey Mountain sucks but better than nothing I guess.

      • Yo man hang in there. I am on day 13 now and the anxiety and depression is crazy. Sometimes my throats will feel like it is closing up. I gained some weight unfortunately but I gotta get free of this stuff! You can do it!

    • Keep it up dude. I gotta quit too. I know they say Day 3-5 are the worst.

    • I’m on day 5 of quitting dipping, the headaches are brutal, where were your headaches located mainly?

  28. Started to dip about 9 years ago. Started in hs went through a tin every month for 2 months made my way up to a tin every 2 weeks to every week eventually to 2-3 days within the last 7 years consistently everyday missing a day or two here and there. I was 14 and I’m now 23. I would put a dip in every chance I could get sometimes fell asleep with it in. Been trying to quit and could never get myself to do it especially whenever I would go into 7-11. I have a child coming in a month and I recently felt a cut like white sore on my inner lip. The cut is starting to heal but there is a little small patch of white like sores that come and go that have scared the crap Out of me. I quit going on 7 days tomorrow and I feel great. The patch comes and goes though within last week and half. And I just want to make sure everything is going to be okay. I know I have to go to the dentist at 30 day mark I just don’t want to think I have cancer or something. The white like sores can be scraped off with tip of my tooth but don’t turn red and don’t hurt. They have not gotten any bigger but I’m just really nervous. Teeth hurt sometimes not bad and gums too not bad due to the recovering of my gums. Anyone have anything like that before?

    • Kyle, I’m not a doctor but have encountered similar symptoms and have seen an dentist. The white areas are called leukoplakia, all that I’ve read, is its common and generally harmless, but can be serious. You’ll know with a biopsy (oral surgeon). My dentist was not alarmed, I was. Hope this helps.

  29. Day 7 of quitting the can for me. I’ve been an off and on dipper for 10 years now. I just turned 37. I’ll dip a year or 2 then quit cold turkey and I’ll do well a year or so then somehow mess up and try it again and go head in all over again. This time I’m staying quit for good. I just decided it’s time to stop this dangerous loop. I quit 7 days ago, slowly weaned myself down to a dip a day over the course of a week prior to that. My birthday was the last day I put a dip in. I bounced around on brands but this past time dipped for 8-10 months with mostly Stokers Mint and then Cope Mint some as well. Got some withdrawal symptoms but I’m staying strong. Teeth and gums just ache and feel sore and now I’m starting to deal with excessive sleepiness, especially today. I know it’s just the withdrawals kicking off and on. Stay strong guys I’m sure it does get easier. As the saying goes, “this too shall pass.”

  30. Also in addendum to my previous comment it wasn’t a painful throbbing it was just a weird tingling fiending sensation

  31. Day 3 of quitting grizzly winter green and it’s going ok other then I have moments where I feel like I want to break stuff or scream. My mind plays games an try’s to get me to cave and it’s only day 3 please tell me it gets easier then this.

    • Grizzly Wintergreen pouches are what I’m on day 3 of quitting. I started again 3.5 years ago after maybe 5 years clean. I used to smoke and dip in the Air Force. I started again when I got a job that required me to drive a lot. It’s been in the back of my head to quit for awhile now. I read a comment on here about a guy going to the store at midnight because he ran out. That’s me lol. Grizzly pouches have been $2.18 where I’m at forever and now they’re about $4.60. I guess I’m almost a can a day sometimes more. I have baby #3 on the way.

      What’s been driving me crazy 1st two days and what’s made me quit is that I feel like my body and mind isn’t craving nicotine as much as it’s my gums. They seriously have a mid of their own and the hardest part about the 1st day and a half is the pulsing, throbbing, gimme gimme sensations that I was getting if I went a few hours without dipping but x100 that first day and a half. I was dipping 3 pouches when I woke up, 3 2 hours later, 3 after lunch, 3 two hours later, 3 before I get home, 3 after dinner, 3 a few hours after dinner, and 3 before bed.

      I’m bad at flossing but I flossed like a nut the night of the 1st day and I can’t believe how much I bled. 3rd day gums bleed less. I use a lot of wintergreen mouthwash to try and quell the “burn” my gums want to feel. Also cinnamon gum. I don’t know how else to explain how crazy my gums were throbbing with need. I felt like a crazy person in be and that makes me want to stay clean more.

      Glad this site is out there. Thanks

      • Same!! Winter Green pouches, only 2 at a time instead of 3 but same chew schedule as you said. I’m on day 4 and I almost caved last night. My husband still chews so it’s in the house. I opened his can and there was only one pouch and where I like two I closed it. Thank God, I don’t want to save. Chewing just makes those mundane chores enjoyable. I’ve been such a grouch. I can’t even stand myself. Hope it passes soon. I was at the point as well where it wasn’t about wanting a chew, just like an internal alarm going off to notify me I needed a pouch. I like to be in control and I no longer was.

        • It seriously is so hard to try to quit when someone else in the house is not. In 5 hours it will be 3 days since i spit out my last dip. This is the farthest I’ve come on my quiting journey. Ive been trying to quit for a while but it is so hard to not sneak one from hubs when he gets home in the evening.

    • curtis mcconnell

      I am at day 11 of quit! after 36 years of dipping. it is getting so much easier everyday, but day three was the worst!! hang tough, day 4 is easier!!

      • I might be the only one here that didn’t get affected that much by quitiing but the 2nd day i felt a pain in my stomac and i couldn’t sleep else that didn’t even think about it again

  32. I have been dipping for 32 years. Skoal Classic Long Cut was my poison of choice. Started at 17 while playing football and continued to dip through both classes and on the field playing college ball. When your habit is at least a tin a day, it easily can become a major addiction, and I was an addict. Food got in the way of dipping. I would pound through my food in order to get another dip in. It relaxed me, kept me regular and became almost like a best friend. I would panic if I found myself at midnight with an empty tin in my jeans. I would take an old plug from the garbage, or get dressed and go to the store in the dead of winter for a chew. I live in Central Canada so -30 degree is normal in winter and the cost of 1 tin is now $28 !! I have quit a couple times over my 32 year chewing career and 12 years ago, I thought I had it beat. I had a really sore throat and a lump that scared me into quitting. (Usually that is what it takes) In a week moment out at the lake, I found myself buying a tin after going 8 months Cold Turkey. The feeling I got when I dropped that dip in was very much like the description a soldier once told me about after getting Morphine. A warm feeling overcame my body and I felt stoned. My body had welcomed back an old friend that wasn’t good for me but felt good having him around. Before I got married 25 years ago, I promised my girlfriend that I would quit. 4 years later when she was pregnant with our first daughter, I once aging promised that when the baby arrives I will be done. 2 years later the same thing. When my girls were old enough to ask what that “yucky smelling stuff” was, I told them it was bad and I will throw it away. It is an addiction and we must be strong. My youngest daughter graduates from high school next week, and for the amount of times she has frustrated me by hiding my tins and showing me pictures of oral cancer, I think that I have probably caused the three of them as much anxiety as I am feeling right now after day 12. I certainly have “been there” and “done that” when it comes to chewing. I can’t remember Tha last movie I went to or round of golf I have played without my tin of chew with me. It has been and will be a struggle, but I want to be around to see grandchildren also graduate at some point, and I want to have my voice speaking to them and not a voice box. If anybody has questions or wants to talk, I am here and would gladly help walk you through some of the toughest times you will experience while trying to quit this habit.

    • Hello my friend. It’s very odd that I decided to look up some info on cravings after my 11th day of no dip. I used copenhagen snuff for 25 years and started with high school ball. I can relate to everything you are saying. It was meant to be to see your post. Just know that your story helped someone. I’m quitting for my 10 year old daughter and want to try to reverse the damage I’ve done over these years. Have a great day and I wish you nothing but good fortune.

    • You really hit the nail on the head with this one… it’s my second day quitting Skoal Mint Pouches. Been dipping a tin a day for about 5 or 6 years now, (I’m 23). I went to see the dentist because I had some serious gum recess and I knew it wasn’t good. It kind of scared me into quitting now so I hope I can do it. I quit for a few months once but it was really difficult and then started up again. I’m trying to kick it for good this time, it’s a nasty habit and the women hate it too! The only thing is that I constantly feel like something is missing from me when I don’t have it. I associate it with every activity I do: Eating, driving, sports, work, computer, writing, basically everything. When it’s gone it’s tough to even enjoy what you’re doing anymore. It sucks. Anyways, wish me luck.

    • Thanks a lot for your story, I really appreciate your honesty and i can more than relate.

    • I was looking at ways to help my husband quit. He has been dipping since he was 16 and now he is 47. We have two sons in high school, one graduating this year, and the stories you say about your daughters showing you pictures and hiding your cans are exactly the same as my son’s. My husband would dip a can in two days. He quit cold turkey two days ago, this morning before he left for work I could tell he was very anxious. I really want to help him, he has tried quitting in the past but never could. He even told me last night that before he would seek cans in and hide them and hide dips. Please help me help him.

      • Just get through one day. Set a goal at bedtime to get through two days. Then set a goal for a week. Cutting back doesn’t work. Just stop cold turkey. Also remind him to focus and slow down. He can control his mind.

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