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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    • Sjw2280@yahoo.com

      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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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!!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.”

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

  12. 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.

    • 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

  13. 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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