What To Expect When You Quit Dipping

What To Expect When You Quit DippingSo you want to quit. And you would like to know what it’s like. We’re not going to pull any punches around here, it’s tough. That’s why we’re all here.

Days 1 through 3 – Pure hell. You will walk in the fog. Nothing will seem real. Your brain is wondering where the hell its fix is and it is going to punish you until you come up with it. 72 hours, that’s all you need to get the nicotine out of your system. This is where you start to deal with the physical withdrawal associated with quitting dip. Drink lots of water. Read, post, read and post. Don’t take your anger out on your loved ones. We always tell everyone………Make this quit about YOU. If you quit for your wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, kids, mommy or daddy, you will resent them during this period. Quit for yourself and come in here to rant. Yell at us. Bitch at us. We can take it. We’ve been there.

Days 4 through 20 – Here comes the mind games. The nicotine is out of your system now. You will still have some physical things to deal with.

  • Cravings
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to Concentrate
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Constipation, gas, stomach pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore tongue and/or gums

Yep, you have this to look forward to. Your brain is rewiring itself. It isn’t used to being in an oxygen rich environment. Your body is responding in kind. Everything is a mind game now. All the cravings you have are actually due to triggers. Triggers are events where you are in a situtation you would normally dip in. Mowing the grass, playing poker online, playing golf, working on the car………you get the picture. Keep drinking water, use seeds, the fake stuff, whatever you need to keep the dip out of your mouth. Remember, oral fixation is part of our habit, something you will eventually need to break. For now though, use all the tools you have.

Days 20 – 50 – You’re winning. Life isn’t great, but you probably had a couple of nights where you actually got some sleep. You might notice you’re going to bed earlier than you normally do. Not staying up to get in that last dip. You may notice some sores in your mouth. You’re thinking, “great, I quit dipping and now I have cancer.” You almost certainly don’t. Your mouth is healing itself. Tiny ulcers you’ve had for a long time are healing. We recommend you visit your dentist around the 30 day mark. Don’t be a pansy, just do it. He or she will be very supportive and they can explain the sores much better than we can. Don’t let your guard down. Don’t go out drinking with the fellas or the girls. We also recommend that you don’t drink for at least the first 50 days. Drinking is a huge trigger event and it weakens your resolve.

Days 50 – 70 – Cruise control. Life is really good. You still think about it, but this is good stuff here. Some people may suffer anxiety attacks during or a little before this stage. Some doctors say we dipped to relieve anxiety anyway. Some people can push right through this, others need a little help. Talk to your doctor before you quit or immediately after you quit. They will know what to do. Some give Wellbutrin or Lexapro. Lots of people in the support community take or have taken these medicines and can help you with the affects. Don’t wait till you get to this stage of the game to talk to a doctor. You’ll cruise through this stage much easier if you know how to take care of the anxiety or at least know it’s coming.

Days 70 – 90 – Late term craves, the doldrums, the blahs, the blues. Some people end up feeling like they are right back at day 1. The fog, the haze, the craves. It can be a tough time. You need to let people in your group know this is happening. Time to circle the wagons to get through it. It usually only lasts a few days. Fight through this and make sure your order your HOF Knife or Coin. Here are a couple of articles about this time period which we refer to as “The Funk”

Days 90 – HOF – Houston, resume the countdown. Enjoy the hell out of these last 10 days. You will be celebrating with your group as you all enter the HOF. It is a great feeling and an accomplishment you should not take lightly. Do something special for yourself and your family. They put up with your sorry ass for the last 90 days and they deserve something too.

100+ Days – Stay vigilant. Use the tools you have, to continue beating back any cravings or urges. You will still experience dip dreams and longings, but you are fully qualified to beat them down. Continue to post roll with your group. Get into the newer groups and help somebody out. Pass it along. Live the dream.

Looking for info after 100 days? Check out What To Expect – 100 Days and Beyond

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2,614 Comments

  1. Day 3 here. I always thought Day 1 was the hardest until I started reading up on it. In my mind I’m trying to convince myself that one more can isn’t going to hurt anything… that I’ll quit after that one. Man this sucks. I’m not giving in this tine!




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    • I have quit for 7 months. I’m a logger everyone chews I did 15 hours a day non stop. One day I quit and had my last chew from my last can in knowing I was quoting when my mom called her cancer came back. Breast cancer but moved to her bones. Not curable has less than year. She never chewed smoked nothing. I told my self every chew I was asking for it and she tried not to get it and will die. It’s hard I think about it a lot. I learned over the years of quoting to have just one will ruin it don’t have even one I go hours without thinking about it but when I do I tell my self man up deal with it move on.




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    • I know what you mean KW I’m on day 3 here and all I want to do is put a dip in and watch some baseball it’s like part of me wants to and the other part of me keeps telling me no.




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      • Just hit one week as of 40 minutes ago. Had some Grinds coffee pouches to help. Of course I ran out and am waiting on the next delivery, hope it’s tomorrow.

        Been trying to quit for a while and now have to take a blood test for life insurance. Perfect time to knock out two birds. Toughest week ever though. The fog is real! Especially driving to early morning work and have that first crave




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  2. Hey guys, just wanted to shed some light on this withdrawal process for the people who are still struggling. I’m on day 105 and couldn’t be more proud of myself to make it this far, I couldn’t even imagine making it to this day when I decided to quit. Seriously still can’t believe it sometimes. This has been the hardest thing I’ve done in my entire life, but I think I am officially out of my funk and foggy days! I’ve had 3 great days in a row! I don’t think I’ve had 3 awesome days in a row throughout these first 100 days, so this is an epic feeling. For anyone who feels like this will last forever, trust me, it won’t. One day you will wake up and start to see some serious improvement in your life without tobacco, it just takes the brain some time to get used to things without your bad vice.

    Have patience and keep fighting every day, the battle still isn’t over for me, I know there will be cravings in the future.




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  3. Ok guys, heres my quick story.

    Probably like a lot of people, it started out like no big deal. I chewed for the first time during baseball with my team mates. I did it maybe a few times a week, once a day. It was a “fun” thing to do with the friends while we played. Or on the bus back from a game. I enjoyed being buzzed, and trying new flavors and kinds.

    Then one day, it started becoming a daily thing. Everyday after school. Then in the morning before school and after, and before bed… you know where I’m going with this.

    I “quit” in college many times. And when I say quit, I mean short-long term breaks. The best and longest I ever got was 6 months. The day before my internship of my last semester, my girlfriend of 3 years broke up with me. I’m not the kind of guy to talk about relationship problems, so I decided to cope by chewing.I figured I’d get a can, mend my feelings, and move on.

    Three years later, I moved on from the girl, but not the chew lol. For New Years of 2017, I actually “quit” again and survived until April. Something set me off, and even though I knew it was an absolutely terrible idea. I did it again.

    My girlfriend saw my can in my car, and got upset knowing I had quit. And started again.

    So today marks day 1. I should say 24 hours here in a few more hours.

    I found this site randomly and everyone’s stories motivated me as they all seem similar to mine. I know we can all do it.

    I am gonna document my story on instagram too… journaling will help I think. If anyone wants to follow my ig is @yustindeadlifts.

    I will stay here on this site as well. Thanks a lot everyone lets do it




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  4. I am glad I found this website. My husband, of 6 days, has decided to quit dipping. YAY for him!!!!!!!!!!! He has been dipping for about 16 years or so. He quit Saturday 5/13. He said he would as soon as the can he had open went empty., I will admit that I did have my doubts. I am so proud of him!!!! On Sunday, Mother’s Day, he even explained to our daughter, she just turned 6, that he was giving up the “yucky stuff” and he may be a “little moody and cranky”. She later told me she was excited but did not like him to be cranky 🙂

    I can’t imagine how hard this is and is going to be. I have read all the comments and am so impressed by each of you for your commitment to quit.

    At this point, he is very angry, antsy, eating like crazy, and MOODY! He works nights so his sleeping is also being affected. Tonight, he made the comment that he doesn’t think that the town where he works has enough snacks available to overcome this!! I thought it was funny, but now, after reading your comments, I see that this is a serious issue.

    What can I do to help him? I have already sent him a text to look this site up. Working nights, I have a feeling he used dip to to stay alert, have energy and to bond with his co workers. His job is very stressful and the majority of his co-workers also dip. I know this is not going to be easy for him, I asked if he was going to let his co workers know and he said yes. I don’t think any of them would deliberately sabbatoge his efforts.

    I have already reviewed the section on what to expect and I have to say I am not looking forward to it but I am 150% behind him. Any suggestions on how to help him? I know a few of his triggers like dipping after eating and while relaxing on XBox. I have purchased mints, hard candy, nuts (peanuts, cashews, almonds, etc) twix bars, and sun flower seeds to keep his mouth busy. Should I purchase nicotine patches or anything like that?

    Please offer any advice you can. I want him to be successful and I am so proud of him!!

    Thank you in advance for your help, time and assistance.

    Cary




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    • Thanks for being involved and willing to help Cary! Definitely say away from any sort of nicotine patch / gum…. it will reintroduce nicotine into his system and put him back to ground zero. If he quit on 5/13 then this his day 3… it’s traditionally the worst day BUT there’s good news too… after today the nicotine will be completely out of his system (it takes roughly 72 hours). If nuts, mints, etc aren’t doing the trick for him there are some outstanding non-tobacco / non-nicotine alternatives out there: http://www.killthecan.org/fakedip




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  5. I’m on day 9. I’ve been doing pretty good. I still really want it. I’m doing better than I thought I would. I’m just hoping I can that 100 day mark. That’s the long term goal. Wish me luck.




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    • Congrats on 9 days of freedom Alex! That 100 day mark is a tremendous goal, but don’t put TOO much stock in it. You’re not going to be “cured” then. It’s an outstanding milestone but it shouldn’t be your end goal. One day at at time my man… you’re doing awesome so far!




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      • Hit 15 days and still going strong. I’ve been having dreams where I go and buy a can. It’s happened three nights in a row. Is that normal?




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        • Absolutely! Almost 3 years removed, I still get the occasional dream I’m taking a real dip again! Had them a lot in the start of my quit as well. All normal.
          -JP




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  6. I just found this page, and you guys are a great resource for support, knowledge, and humor as we go through this! I am 42 years old, and have been smoking and chewing since I was a teenager. Sure, I’ve quite numerous times before, even as long as 2 years, with a 10-year break from chew, but this time I’m taking myself seriously. One of the worst things about being a multi-attempt quitter is that no one cares any more! I don’t blame them, because they’ve all watched me lie to myself and others time and time again, only to ultimately let myself and others down! 100 days will let ’em know I’m for real, and I’m looking forward to this cornerstone event in my life. We can break these chains, and live healthier lives — making ourselves and loved ones happier in the process. I do this for myself, and for the fact that I want to grow old and watch my kids grow up not worrying about dad any more!




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  7. Keep fighting and things will improve. I remember things greatly improved after 100-150 days and now I’m 2 plus years quit and don’t think about it much at all. You don’t want to back to those first few weeks.




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  8. Day 80 over here and I’m definitely experiencing late term craves and depression and not much motivation to do anything. It’s been eating at me for 4 days now and I still feel it this morning. But, the positive benefits from quitting out-perform the negatives by far. I’m reaching out to anyone who can motivate me because these past days have been really hard and I have so much to do to finish school for this semester.




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    • I don’t have much time to chime in myself, but I can relate where you are Jimmy. I had anxiety come back around d and visit me in that 70-90 day period. You are in the final stretch of not feeling this anymore. It will be gone for good soon, hang in there. Get to that 100 days and beyond, and you won’t feel this very often anymore.
      I promise, it only gets easier, the further you get away from the stuff.
      I’m almost 3 years quit, but I remember those 100 days, very well!
      Hang in there and continue to stay busy!!
      JP




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      • 94 days clean. Chewed for 37 years. Still having anxiety isdues




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        • Congrats on 94 days free Randy. 6 days from the first floor, that is a HUGE milestone. I’d say you a nearing the end of that anxiety…If it’s from dipping.
          You may have always had it and didn’t know it. I battled that shit about 2 years before I quit…first time I was introduced to anxiety. Didn’t know WTF was wrong. Bottom line, I had a lot going on, obviously more than the brain wanted to deal with and thus, I experienced anxiety. Got through it, but it returned when I quit dipping a year later. Thought i was headed back to anxiety row…but it was just the brain rewiring itself without the residue of nicotine. Lasted for about 10-15 days, then came back just before the 100 day mark…then I was clear.
          I now know, that anxiety and nicotine cessation, go hand and hand. And I definitely used nicotine in the past, to deal with stress that is the root of anxiety.
          If the anxiety you have is from the quit, it will eventually leave for good Randy.
          And I agree with Chewie, doctors don’t know what an individual goes through when they quit nicotine. All they know, is what they’ve read up on. Unless they went through this valley of hell known as the quit, they cannot accurately tell an individual what they’re in for.
          Keep fighting and an early congrats on that 100 day milestone!
          -JP




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    • I’m on day 2 rn about 36 hours in , I’ve quit before for military training 14 weeks, plus or minus a day or 2 before I started again. , but it’s definitely harder when your not constantly busy. Anyway the biggest thing I remember from the first time was thinking. Keep your mind busy. And definitely around 90 to 100 plus days you can fight any urge for it. Like I didn’t even think of it at all. If my next door room mate wasn’t constantly doing it I probly wouldn’t of picked it back up. 1 stupid mistake of oh let me just try it again sets you back . Not all the way because after that first one I could still go on my day without doing it. It’s the constant stupid mistake to say ahh what the he’ll I’ve had a good day I’m just gonna sit back and relax. Just goes down hill from there personally. Probly not the motivation you were looking for , but hey buddy at least your not sitting at 36 hours . Take pride in the amount of time you’ve been free from it. It’s definitely an achievement to be proud of




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  9. I quit on March 1, 2017 for Lent. My wife is supportive especially during the start. I used jolly ranchers to suck on since I don’t do crowds well. So yeah. White knuckled my way through a lot of things and now after 18 years I’m tobacco free. Any suggestions on how to convince my wife to convert my old dip money into hunting fund.




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  10. Day 8. Feeling very irritable and trying not to lash out on those I love. Chewing gum seems to help out with the oral cravings. Having a little fatigue and really not getting more than 4 hours of sleep at night. It is frustrating but I AM going to stick through this quit. Thank you all for sharing experiences. It makes me feel like I am not alone!




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  11. 3 days without dip. Being deployed overseas makes it so much harder to quit. But at least I can’t take out my anger on the ones I love back home. Wish me luck.




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    • No luck necessary… you CAN do this. Let us know how we can help. Thank you for your service!




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      • Well I am starting right now I am 18 years of age started dipping around 7 years old, I really don’t know why I started, my dad dips and had it so I got curious one day and took a can and tried it and kind of liked it and it kept getting worse now I go through a can in a half a day and I am really needing to quit so here I am ready to start




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    • quitting is easier than what you’ll read on the internet, where experience will differ person to person, and worst case scenario drama reign. I assume you are deployed as a soldier and if so, may God be with you and yours while overseas. peace brother- maybe turn to coffee as a stimulant substitute.
      Bryan




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  12. 2 years quit today after 25 years of Kodiac. It can be done. If you’re early in your quit and it seems impossible just stay quit. It gets better!!!! Thank you Jayp. Thank you Chewie. Thank you KTC.
    Peace.
    Franco.




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    • Congrats on 2 years quit Franco. Glad to see a familiar quitter out here, that is still quit.
      I cannot agree with you more, I was 30 years a Kodiak, then Skoal user. If I can do it, anyone can.
      Congrats again and take care Franco.
      JP




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  13. I’m 18 years old and have been dipping for about 3 years. I often feel like I’m too dependant on the damn CAN and feel I will be happier without having this shit as a crutch in my life. I’m a strong kid mentally but I’m kinda scared about quitting at this point and time. I’m afraid with everything going on like spring break, prom, grad parties, baseball games, boys nights and entering college that I don’t want to have to deal with all of the physical and mental withdrawal symptoms. I want to stop but I feel like it will get me so stressed and all that shot during a great time in my life. So my question is will I really feel so much weight that I will be unhappy with the next few months or will I be able to handle it?




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    • Chris,

      You should quit immediately. First off, you probably won’t believe me, but you are currently living in part of the most stress free part of your life. You are about to enter real adulthood, and that will be exponentially more stressful than what you are dealing with currently. Second, you have a lot of activities going on. You see them as stressful events, but you should embrace them because they will be distractions from your cravings. It’s when you are sitting around doing nothing like watching tv that you convince yourself to give in to your cravings. As for your final question, can you handle it? You can only find out if you try it. You said you were a strong kid mentally, well prove it. This is not an easy task.




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  14. i started chewing 23 years ago i used a can a day sometimes 2 and today i am 48hrs in to cold turkey and it is hell. i have muscle relaxers,anti anxiety and sedatives they are helping some still feel like shiz. cant wait to be on the other side and never look back i dont want to go through this again!




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    • Aaron,

      I totally understand where you are coming from. I’m on day 2.5 of nicotine-free after 30+ years of heavy chewing. I spent the majority of day 1 sleeping because I felt so terrible. Sweats, muscles aches , anxiety. I can only imagine that this is what a drug addict goes through. Never again! This will be the one and only time.




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      • On day 3 and it’s hitting me hard too. We can do this! My order of smokey mountain came in today hoping that will curb the anxiety for a bit to its all gone. And of course my mind is telling me the damage is already done to my body. Feeling lightheaded, throat is tight, feel like glands are swollen and I’m very jittery. We can do this. Hit me up if you guys wanna talk it out.

        Cheers!




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        • I’m on day 3 as well and I have the smoky mountain chew too




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        • On to day 10! I’m happy to say that the physical illness only lasted for the first few days. The “fog” starting to clear but I can feel that there is a long storm yet to weather. I broke down and ordered 2 rolls of Smokey Mountain. I tried it and don’t care for it. It’s amazing the lengths that you will go to when you’re desperate!




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    • HEY AARON, been on Copenhagen for 40 years and now I’m on day 17 of quitting cold turkey. Stick with it buddy, its got to get better.




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  15. 53… chewed since 17. Cope LC. Can a day for last 6 years. 4mg Nic Gum for day one…said F it and cold turkey since.
    Get some balls!




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  16. Decided to quit 5 days ago got wisdom tooth pulled the hard way and decided that it was time to give up the can while I was healing now healing up I want to stick it out




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  17. Hi I started dipping around when I was 14 I’m 16 now and I quit because I got scared of cancer. Is it normal for my gums to hurt.




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  18. I quit January 11th so I’m right In the 60-70 day area. Hardest part was the first week. In the phase of the novelty of quitting being old, no one cares when you tell them you’ve been quit for 2 months. It’s old news to them. Gotta just try and remember why I quit and how bad the first week was because ill never go threw that hell again. Hope everyone in the comments below who are on their first couple days sticks with it. Very rewarding and a huge save on money. Naturally happier with tons of energy now. Best decision I’ve made for myself in my life.




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  19. Been dipping since I was 11, 13 years of my life. I’m 24, I started smoking at 18 and cut back on dip, but could never kill the can. I’ve stopped smoking for a week now, only dip and everytime I put a pinch in my gums hurt so bad like they’re on fire. I hate this because I can’t enjoy my dip anymore and I can never get through 3 days with no nicotine. Help.




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    • I chewed for 30 years, I was to the point of eating my chew. I always swallowed all the juices, it was so good! I quit cold turkey, at the busiest time of of farming. I made it so hard for myself, I felt I deserved to suffer for being so dumb to chew. I kept my last can in the fridge and it is still half full, I smell it every day for the past year and eight months! Like I was told, pull up your panties and quit! It sucks but I would ever let it consume me ever again.




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      • Keeping that “trophy can” is a slippery slop my friend. While it acts as a reminder it also gives you easy access during a massive crave. Get rid of it. Tobacco isn’t an option any longer. You’re doing it!




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        • Hey Chewie, it’s no danger, because I will never chew AGAIN!! I pulled up my undies.. Snuse is a demon and that demon will never enter my body again even if so be, I’m on my death bed!! Let me tell you, it’s mind over matter.. Yes it’s a reminder, a reminder of how dumb I was!




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        • Well said! Been there myself and used to keep a trophy can around. I always went back to it after months of not touching any. When I realized I didn’t just want to quit dip but to overcome tobacco, I ditched the can and the constant reminder that it was. Embrace the pain / discomfort and remember it really will end.




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    • Hey switch to grizzly mint not nearly as hard on the gums and it doesn’t burn ive been dipping for about a year and when I first started o did that helped me out a lot




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  20. I’m quitting dipping and vaping, and it absolutely sucks! Saturday was the last day I took a puff or had a dip! Sunday was day one. I tried using the patches, but it only made me light headed. So, I ripped that crap today and decided to go cold turkey.




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  21. Today is my first day. I just threw out the can. This will mark my fourth time quitting. I am doing this for a reason, to gain more weight. I have been dipping for the last five years and over these years I have lost a lot of weight. Now this time I am very determined to end this bullshit cycle. It has ruined my life and teeth. But I have to admit my brain is playing games with me.




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    • Congrats on your decision to quit! One question… you said you’re quitting because you want to gain weight. What happens if you successfully quit but DON’T gain weight? Are you going to go back to the can?




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  22. Well i am about to take this dip out for the last time. It is time i quit. I quit before but i also smoked i am quiting both cold turkey. I quit before for a year and then right back at it. But this time i am serious and wanting to save money is a huge factor. I know its going to be hell but hey its all in your head right so as long as i keep my mind off of it i should be good. I am on day 3 cig free. Now its time to let the dip go and say good bye. Going to be hard because my girlfriend smokes and says shes not ready to quit yet.




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  23. Here on Day 5. I’m 21, started dipping when I was 16. I’ve tried to quit before, but never took it seriously. After 1-2 days in the past, I’d see myself at the tobacco line at the local Walmart buying my next can. I don’t know why this time’s different or what made me feel the need to quit…it just sorta…HAPPENED haha. I’m actually glad it’s working this time. I feel better, stronger, healthier, and way more productive since I gotta keep myself busy haha. I can clearly see that this is for the best. Aside from that, this article above is pretty spot on so far as expectations go. I felt super anxious the first three days, but once I got the “shock” (read many different cases where people would feel a shock throughout their body once the nicotine has left) I instantly felt better! After that, it’s been a cake walk honestly, probably because I’ve only been dipping for a short period of time and when I did, I’d only dip once or twice a day. But I’m glad to see so many people my age quitting this disgusting habit.




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  24. Sitting here on Day 3 wondering how I’m going to make it through one day of work without a chaw




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  25. First day officially quitting, oh hell. Wish me luck




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    • That’s what we’re all here for…..support. Hang tough cuz it’s gonna be rough though you’ll thank yourself in due time. Best choice you’ve ever made….trust me. You can do this, Colin…just stay the course and look forward to a better life without tobacco.

      All my best,

      Rich – 2+ years tobacco free and loving every minute of it!




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    • Quit because of high blood pressure. Been dipping for 35 years. Mouth hurts, but mental part is done. I want to live as long as I can. If I can stop…so can you.




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  26. First day quitting. I’m 20 and have been rubbing snuff since I was in 6th grade. It’s pretty tough.. Could use some words of encouragement.




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    • Your quitting young. Great Job! I’m 40 and have been using some form of tobacco for 25 years. Just quit 3 days ago. Almost past the physical withdrawal. The mental stuff is gonna be tougher I think. Just take it a day at a time.




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      • I quit 17 days ago and talk about pain. Tooth aches,gums hurt so bad stay away from anything sweet you’ll regret it. Head aches throughout the day. Honestly i feel like crap and want to just go buy a can. I’m really trying but there is only so much I can take. Tooth numbing liquid and excedrian extra strength helps a lot and brushing your teeth 5-6 times helps with the pain too. Im just tired of dipping.




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      • Same here, started when I was In 9th grade during wrestling to help me cut weight. I’m 22 and a senior in college now. I have quit for 10 days now, once you make the conscious decision to actually QUIT it’s pretty easy. I had one “turning” point about my 3rd day into quitting. I found an older tin laying under the coffee table. I wanted to take a chew from it so bad but I took it over to the sink filled it with water and dumped it down the drain. Physically destroying seemed to help me get over the hump.




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    • 7th day …….without a dip.first 3 were worst i took green tea to overcome the nicotine urges and it worked to a great extend…,,.now things seeems better….although mouth gets dry….but slice orange and lemon….helps me to overcome..dryness….




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    • u doing great…keep up the good work




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    • I’m on day 161 dipped 2 cans a day for nearly 25 years or longer if I can do it you can do it anything worth having is worth working and suffering for




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    • Todd- I’m here to encourage you my brother. I’m 54 and dipped for 30 years. I’m almost at 60 days and not looking back. First week is hell, but you can do it. Ex-baseball player so used sunflower seeds and gum for first two weeks to help with cravings. Your mind is powerful and I know you can beat this.
      Eric




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  27. This is effing hard :/




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    • Matt,
      I’m with ya. Sitting at work, and all I want to do is leave, and get a can. My lips and teeth feel weird. Been off the stuff for ~ a month and I think I might cave.




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      • Hardest thing I ever did Rob. The first 100 days were tough and those first 30 were downright brutal. But, this July will be 3 years clean for me. Beleive me, it does get easier the longer you stay away. Although it was the toughest thing I ever did, it was also the most rewarding. I still cannot beleive I was able to get away from an almost 30 year habit. If I can do it, anyone, including you, can do it.
        Hang in there, you are a month into it, well on your way. It DOES GET EASIER!
        Take care and stay QUIT…And Celebrate that month away from the junk, you deserve it, that is a big, BIG milestone for you.
        -JP




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  28. I’m 17 I’ve been dipping for 4 years. I haven’t had a dip in 10 days. ive got these white spots in the front on my mouth on my lips. & my lips are almost gettting chapped. Is anyone else having this problem & should I be worried? Pls help I’m scared to death




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  29. hai, try levocetirizine and paracetamol 500mg for first three days of quit, it will help you from headache and body ache third thing is keep some toffee in your mouth it will make your mouth busy as it is habitual , “trust me it helps a lot coz i’m stable from last 48 hrs” . and i was dependent on chewing tobacco from last 20 years.




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    • Been clean for 31 hours and just started shaking, what do I do




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      • Oh Wow! GOOD JOB! Coax yourself to drink 8 oz of water every hour! Buy these 4 essential oils… mix Basil, Clove and Black pepper for under your feet! 1/2 dropper full shared. Marajoram oil under tounge for cravings. Hubby is on day 32 with these helps and has chewed for 40 years!!! Do t give up!!!




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  30. Today is my first full day with out a dip. I’m so cranky and irritable I can’t even stand myself. I can’t focus on any thing and I feel like I’m sleep walking. my hands are shaky. I’m doing the best I can to keep my mind busy but it’s very hard. I thought I could quit with out getting help from a doctor but I know now I’m gonna have to get help to quit. I started chewing when I was 12 years old now I’m 46. I’ve been able to do any thing I’ve ever put my mind to but I know quiting chewing tobacco is gonna be the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. After reading everyone’s post I know it can be done. All of you should be very proud of yourselves for overcoming your chewing tobacco addiction. Hopefully soon I will over come my chewing tobacco addiction as well.




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    • Oh Wow! GOOD JOB! Coax yourself to drink 8 oz of water every hour! Buy these 4 essential oils… mix Basil, Clove and Black pepper for under your feet! 1/2 dropper full shared. Marajoram oil under tounge for cravings. Hubby is on day 32 with these helps and has chewed for 40 years!!! Do t give up!!!




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      • I need help with how you used your essential oils! I’m into EO and I’ve been looking on what to use. I need my husband to quit!




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        • Hi Clare – my wife is huge into essential oils (Doterra). She wasn’t when I was quitting but has gotten into it huge since. I asked here about this and she did some research with her EO friends and here’s a couple of potential suggestion they came up with:

          – diffuse black pepper
          – clove or protective blend on tongue
          – toothpicks soaked in cinnamon oil & black pepper oil to help with oral fixation
          – black pepper on bottom of feet twice a day

          I’d also suggest he join our forums. Hope one of these helps!




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    • 40 here and started chewing at 15. I’m starting day 3 today. Just gotta take it a day at a time. Grrrrrrr.




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  31. Day Two after 18 years. Could use some words of encouragement.




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    • Keep busy Chris, the habit is a tough nut to crack, but I abused it for almost 30 years myself and now am over 900 days free…I’m living proof it can be done. Just keep busy. Excersise is a great tool, keeps you busy.
      Join the forums here…There are others who quit 2 days ago too. You can all help each other. This is a great thread, but there isn’t always people here, there ARE in the forums.
      Good luck!
      JP




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    • Chris! I was 17 when i started, now 23, with that being said i have faith that you can do it!, for money, and number one being your health! My teeth and gums are in horrible shape for being 23…. and forget grammar lol but, it has completely ruined my life and totally not worth it in the end. I have a friends father in law that got cancer after 31 years dippin, which was caused from it (stomach cancer) and it was a painful and horrible experience which he has passed from. 🙁 and would love to quit myself considering I’m a 1 and 1/2 tin a day myself! I BELIEVE in You and know you will weigh the benefits and facts of this aka *disease* basiclly that has haunted our lifes! And learn to live better health and money wise, and also community wise people frown on us!




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      • i am trying to quit and it has been hard to quit chewing any tips you can give me so i will never go back again.




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    • I just quit 3 days ago…. brushing my teeth really helps me with the cravings. Try it.




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    • Chris,

      I agree this sucks. I’m on day 5. I have been dipping for 16 years. I used to dip 4-5 cans a week. Two years ago I made an effort to cut it down to two a week, then last year one a week or less. I thought it would be a lot easier than what it is right now. I don’t really have any words of encouragement, just keep fighting the urge. I have tried to quit numerous times, one time stopped for three months, picked it back up again on a hunting trip. All I can say is good luck! Nothing like being up from 3:30-4:45 AM, wanting to go watch tv and throw in a dip.




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    • I’m on day 35 after 6 years of nearly half a tin a day. I’ve been using nicotine gum CVS brand to help. My mouth feels so clean I can’t believe I didn’t try quitting sooner. Drinking lots of water and I haven’t really had too bad a craving. I was irritable and pissy the first week/week and a half. Sleeping better now and don’t have the possible cancer “monkey” hovering over me. Keep it up man you can do it




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      • SPNER, I commend you on stopping the smokeless tobacco, but if you’re now using nicorette gum, you’re really trading habits. Gotta go nicotine free to get completely off the junk. This is why you haven’t had any “real bad cravings”…You’re still pumping the nic in your body.
        Not here to beat you over the head with a sack of nickels just pointing out, to be free, is to be nicotine free.
        Good luck!
        -JP




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        • This is a great point. My wife want to get me the nicotine gum but I just told her I gotta go cold turkey. On day 3 now and gritting my teeth but almost past the physical addiction.




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  32. I quit snus three weeks ago, i suffer from anxiety so it being the 3rd week I feel horrible I deff got a lot of symptoms I got the fog, & insomia, gas, stomach pain, stiffness the shakes an like just feeling whacked out & at times I feel like I’m going crazy. Been snusing since i was 17 now 27 glad I made this change in my life. I know once I get through this I will not touch a can of no type of tobacco this experience has been horrible




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    • Hang in there Nicholas, i certainly remember what you’re currently experiencing. Just stay the course, those symptoms will pass, but you’ve got to want it!
      -JP




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  33. Just put my last dip down about 2 hrs ago. Here goes nothing!




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    • Good luck brotha. Quit countless times. Four days dip free so far. My weakness/trigger is booze.




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      • Im with you on that one. I’m coming up on 8 days and stupidly went out drinking on day 7. Luckily all my friends knew I was quitting so they kept me in check. Having support around you I think is crucial. I was at about two cans a day for the last 6 years and this might be my fifth go around on quitting. Its tough no doubt thinking that one chew wont hurt you if no one knows about it, but then your right back at it like before. Best of luck to the both of you.




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  34. Would love to quit, don’t even enjoy dipping anymore. But every time I go without im extremely easy to set off and moody. I get very stressed over stupid crap. I have a wife and 3 kids.




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  35. I’ve been a chewer for about 9 years now. I had a root canal done 3 years ago. This past weekend, I got a toothache and had my face swell up the size of the walnut. Long story short, I went to the dentist and found out that the root canal failed and I am being referred to an oral surgeon. During this time I’m going to go ahead and take advantage of the situation and I’m going to quit dipping. I’ve wanted to for a long time, but I’ve just loved doing it so much. I know it won’t be easy, but it’s something I have to do for more than myself, but for my family as well. It really helps to read all of your stories. I hope I can beat the habit as well.




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  36. Very common, JCB, though in the grand scheme of things, gaining a few extra pounds is well worth busting a nicotine addiction. Forget the fake stuff as that only prolongs the habit of dipping which, in my opinion, is more difficult to break than the nicotine addiction itself. Instead, get yourself a healthy supply of non-fat, healthy snacks such as celery sticks, carrots, snap peas etc. which will satisfy the oral fixation without the calories. Hang in there and stay the course. It won’t be long until the cravings cease. Oh….and drink as much water as possible. Good luck!

    Rich – 2 1/2 years quit




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  37. I stopped and i was sick for all most a year you all seem to recover much faster.but like a fool years down the road i picked it up again i am going to stop this madness




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  38. I’m on day 10 right now, finished my last can after lunch on New Years Day. There first few days were much easier some how than the first few times I tried to quit, never made it past 3 or 4 days. I’m just always hungry and have been eating like crazy but working out hard as well. The last 2 nights have been rough, slight headaches and sleep is hard to get. Laying in beecraving food and a dip, and seriously debating going to grab some breakfast and a can of Copenhagen at the moment.. sucking on jolly ranchers trying to fight it. This sucks, but I’ll beat it!




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    • I’m 22 days without a chew. I’ve been having a really hard time falling asleep. Takes me like 3-4 hours just laying in bed to fall asleep, sometimes longer. Some nights I drink a bunch of whiskey just so I can fall asleep. Also get mild headaches often. Just wondering when the insomnia gets better. From anybody that has quit long term




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  39. I am currently on my 10th hour of being dip free. I have dipped for 16 years now and for the better part of that if I wasn’t eating, I would have a dip in. I am talking from brush teeth in the morning at 6. Dip goes in at 6:05. So most likely 14-15 hours a day I had a dip in my mouth. I am already struggling and getting pissed off about stuff. Craving dip like crazy and trying to convince myself that it really isn’t killing me. This will be the 3rd or 4th time i have legitimately tried quitting. We will see how it goes!!




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    • I was just where you are man, I promise it gets better… I beat the hell out of my door on night number two, I recommend a punching bag instead, I was so pissed off at everyone in the world… but like I said man it does get better even when it seems like there is no way in hell it will.

      5 days quit.




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  40. I’ve been following this page so I can know what my husband is going through. He is on day 16 of quitting snuff. Been using for over 30 years. He is very depressed and mad because he has gained about 10 or so pounds. Thinks he’s gotta do this by himself. He hasn’t slept longer than an hour at a time since day 2 and is exhausted. He works nights. What helps with the depression? He will not take meds of any kind.




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  41. Am at like day 287. Quit last Easter. Nothing special about the day, just had enough. Posted here some up until day 100. Never really did a hof piece. Did find everyone’s stories and journeys here very helpful. Still read through them when they arrive. Always say to others for myself – I just got pissed off and quit. It sucks and is hard. No way to sugar coat any of it. But I do feel better and have no plans to return to it controlling me. That’s also what it is. You take control back of your life. That crap in your mouth is just all bad. I wish everyone luck in their pursuit of quitting. I chewed for 25 years constantly.,,if I can do it anyone certainly can.
    Be well
    John




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    • My thoughts echo John’s. I too picked a date, the day after my 40th birthday and haven’t looked back. Was a long journey, especially those first 100.
      But…I did it the exact way, got mad and quit. Leading up to the quit day, I frankly was just tired of the habit. Tired of the tipped spitters, tired of the Lukeoplkia in the cheek, tired of falling asleep with a dip in the mouth, tired of hiding it in public, tired of looking for a place to spit and spending every living moment dipping…Tired, tired, tired. I also agree, if I can quit after almost 30 years of abuse, any one of you can, get mad, join the forums and get quit today!!
      -JP
      Day #909 Free




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    • Have made it to Day 10 of the quit after 30 years of a can per day habit. The tipping point was out in the yard with my 6 year old boys and both of them were trying to “spit like Dad.” Broke my heart.

      The first few days were brutal and I had the shakes any time I tried to sleep. I am hungry ALL THE TIME and have definitely experienced (and continue to experience) the fog. I read that nicotine suppresses your appetite, but this is ridiculous. Have been facing my triggers head on (working outside in the yard, at the computer at work, in the car, on the toilet etc….) so far so good. Haven’t tried any of the fake stuff. For some reason I consider that cheating. Reading everyone’s posts is keeping me focused.




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      • JCB, congrats on 10 days free, keep that train rolling!
        I just wanted to comment on the “feel like you’re cheating with the fake stuff”. I actually felt the same when I started my quit. I would say, DON’T!
        Everyone has there own way of handling the quit…Not just the mind games, but the oral thing us dippers face, long after the mind games stop. I wanted as many tools I could get my hands on, seeds, gum, mints and yes, the fake chews. Those fake chews were a God send to me. I tried quitting in the 90s when the only fake one available was Oregon Mint. I tried that stuff and never tried it again! The ones today are so much better. And sure…You are still prolonging the oral fixation, but it helps you when you want a pinch. I’d say so long there is no nicotine in the fake chew (some companies put nic in their products), add them to the aresanal.
        Just my 2 cents. It’s NOT cheating….The goal is to be free of nicotine here.
        Good luck!
        JP




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      • UPDATE: Now 21 days dip free. In those 21 days, I’ve gained 15 pounds. I’m hungry ALL THE TIME. Still have the intense cravings and the fog is still a major factor. May try the dip substitutes, if for no other reason than to stop eating. Anyone else gain a bunch of weight at the beginning of the quit?




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        • I have lukoplakia i think. 17 hours without a dip




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        • I’m on day 7 and I’m eating like a hog but I’m not dipping.




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        • Try switching to a high protein diet and using fruit smoothies. Thats what did and was able to quit. You can also sweat from exercise which will give you a new euphoria. After day three begin new disciplines that are of interest to your personality and create several in different environments work or leisure. You can also have a way of ridding temper against cravings like a line. I would say “skoal is weak and I am powerful”. My coworker freinds would laugh but that was better because it forced it into public challenge. Tobacco free today!




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      • Ugh I know that horrible feeling. My 3 year old daughter would spit on bike rides or hikes. Huge motivator for me. Starting day 3 here. So tough.




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  42. Helpful site. I currently have my last dip in as I write this, just was searching what I should expect. I’ve had this day set for a few months now and hopefully can quit. Been chewing 5 years now. I think the hardest part for me is going to be the triggers because everything I do weather working, playing pond hockey, shovelling the driveway or even just driving somewhere I’ve have a dip in. I know I’m going to miss it but I also know it’s for a greater good. Good luck everyone




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    • Good luck Mike. The grass is greener on the other side of the fog, just stay busy and chew on some seeds. We’re here if you need us




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    • Hey Mike, i am on day 5, and on day 4 i started using the fake stuff because i was eating sunflower seeds by the pound! It helps alot, especially with the cravings and the oral fixation. I have been dipping for 16 years, the first 3 or 4 days were the worst. Good luck!




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      • Thanks Garrett, Day 2 now. I don’t think my teeth have ever been whiter with the amount of gum I’ve chewed the last 2 days. Hasn’t been to bad yet just been trying to keep myself busy. Good luck to you!




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    • I quit 9 years ago…this list and this site is the only thing that ever worked for me. Tried the patch, the gum, the patch and the gum, fake snuff, you name it. All failed. Except somehow knowing what I was going through and being able to prepare for what I was going to go through worked for me.




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      • I’ve officially quit for 3 weeks starting today. At first I was having panic attacks but got away from those after a cardiologist cleared me. Now I have this ringing in my ear. Is this common?




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        • Ear pain / ringing is something we hear about pretty often. Nothing wrong with going to get checked if you’re worried but it’s definitely not the first time it’s been reported.




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          • I’m 4 days in but have a really tense neck, trouble breathing, and a lumb at the top on my throat and 22 dipped for 3 years. Is that normal?




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        • I am three weeks in myself.. I quit Nov 21st 2016.. I have had the same exact symptoms as you. Panic attacks..I walked for 5 miles when I had 1st panic attack. Thought I was having a heart attack..hopefully the panic attack thing has passed for me. I still have ringing in my ears for some reason..been eating very healthy and starting to walk /exercise more..seems to help alot..It’s crazy how much this crap has a hold of you!! im gonna win this battle!




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        • 28 hours into nicotine withdrawal and my ears are ringing and my hands are vibrating. Think I’ll drink some mountain dew and play some Xbox




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  43. On day 18 and things are beginning to look up. The edginess is gone and my intense cravings seem to go away as fast as they come. I’d say they last 5 to 10mins. I still have a dull yearning that comes into play whenever I’m bored; and i actually think that’s worse then the intense cravings. I keep myself busy as best as I can but it’s difficult especially when you’re having a slow day at work. For the most part though I don’t think about dipping that much anymore until after I eat a big meal…. that craving sucks… that craving sucks a lot…
    But for people thinking about quitting just get through the first 2-3 foggy days and you’ll be fine as long as you have good resolve and know in your mind that your done. DO NOT go through this stage if you have something important that you have to do. You are like a zombie that can barely remember how to spell your own name through this stage. I have a lot more to say but I feel like this comment it way to long. If anyone has questions feel free to ask. This is the first time I’ve got to talk about what I’m going through and it’s nice to know that I’m not alone. Stay strong everyone!




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  44. Alright, well I failed at quitting. After starting on this site, I made it 2 months before the army sent me to back to back field problems. I got stressed out and caved. I want to quit so bad, I have 2 beautiful kids and I want to make sure I’m there as long as I can be. If anyone can be a “buddy” as im going to call it, it’d be cool to have someone to text when I feel like I can’t keep going. But attempt #3 starts tomorrow. Let’s do it this time, been dipping 5 years now, need to kick this nasty habit.




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    • Couple of things…

      1) You’re in the right place looking for “buddies”. There are literally thousands of them here and on our forums – http://forum.killthecan.org/

      2) Change your vocabulary. It’s not an “attempt”. An attempt is to “try”. Don’t try to quit. Quit. It’s a subtle difference but mindset can make all the difference. http://blog.killthecan.org/2009/12/change-your-vocabulary/




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    • Sup AAron G I stopped dipping 2 years ago. I am a Marine and I totally understand what you’re going through. Hit me up on facebook. My handle is Dub Kodiak. I understand what kind of buddy you need.




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    • Ill be your buddy AARON G, I need one too. Im on day two and I just wanna bite something really hard! Ive rubbed for 23 years




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      • I know what you’re going through man. This is my second time quitting. It’s tough, I have only found that smokes mountain helped with my urges and oral fixation, because at the end of the day, that’s what it comes to for me, is the oral fixation. Look me up on Facebook if you have it bill, I’m Aaron Lee Green, we can keep in touch more if you’d like!




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    • I would strongly suggest trying a product called Grinds to help quit chewing. I’ve chewed for 25 years and this product helped me to quit. I’ve been tobacco free for 3 years and am so glad I’m not dependent on tobacco anymore.




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  45. Well I did it. At 2:05 today, January 2nd I spit out my last dip. I’ve dipped now for 5 years and it needs to stop. Got my Smokey Mountain, got my gum and mints and ready to spend the rest of my life TOBACCO FREE!! 2:05 PM 1/2/17.




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    • Right there with you Nate. Bought two cans of smokey mountain, seeds, and gum. Lots of coffee. Second time quiting. first time lasted a year and half and I slipped for five months. That won’t happen agian. I forgot how hard this is, and rewarding later on.




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    • I’m 24 I’ve had a dip in basically since I was 13 after 11 years and much back and forth about it over decided to quit. So Friday December 30th 2016 at 240pm I spit out my last punch of dip. I didn’t get anything I’m doing this cold turkey. It sucks and I feel like I’m still looking gonna be and the day 1-3 for awhile. I’ve done it for half of my life. But I’ve been strong my fiancee has helped alot. There’s another incentive to have if you’re in a relationship to help you stay motivated to not dip.




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    • I have been tapering using Baccoff and wintergreen cop. I started off with mixing 50/50. Did that for two weeks. Didnt really have any craving. Did become foggy headed and dizzy and have a constant ringing in my ears. Had a difficult time sleeping the first few nights Just dropped down to 75 percent Baccoff and 25 percent cop.. Havent notice any change. Still no craving. Still dizzy with ear ringing. Havent slept well the last few nights. but no anxiety or edginess. I think this way is easier. I was a can a day for 15 years dipper




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  46. I’ve quit for about 36 hours now. At this point Im ready to suck on pine needles soaked in gasoline.




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    • Mark,
      that is so funny, good to laugh.This is my first post here,and am thankful to have found it. The posts I have read are quite encouraging.

      I’m Ron, I have just started this journey as well. had my last dip Thursday,Dec 29th.So far I have been able to kick it by using the tobaccoless chew,a little too sweet for my liking,but greatful for it.
      I am 66, tobacco has been my friend (?) for in some form or another for 50 years.
      The last 18 to 20, being smokeless tobacco.
      For the past week, have had a bad cold,I figured this would be as good a time as any to get rid of this nasty stuff.
      As we grow older,time seems to go by much faster. Sense Thursday,(quit day)
      It seems to have came to a crawl. Long ,foggy days lately but I am proud of myself going this long without tobacco,will continue with the help of you all on this site.




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  47. This is really going to help all those who are willing to quit tobacco.
    say it a trick to fool your mind/body when you quit tobacco.
    I would request the author to add this in their blog as well, so that those who wants to quit can do it like a boss 😀

    So, after quitting tobacco, whenever you feel to have it again, put a very small piece of ginger in mouth.




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    • @RAVI, what does Ginger do? I’ve been using Ginseng root. It helps with the low energy/foggy head and oral fixation. But if there is a cheaper solution, I’m all for that.

      Ginseng root is ~$12 per dry ounce, so with conscience use, I can usually keep it to ~$40-50 per month.




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  48. I’ve been Dip free for 9 days now and I feel great waking up in the morning knowing that I don’t have any dip leaves in my teeth from dipping the night before I used to dip for 5 years all I dipped was Copenhagen Mint. I feel really good that I finally quit cause now I’m going to be able to have some extra money in my pocket




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  49. Hello my friends! Day 80 here with zero tobacco. Chewed on and off for the last 6 years or so(am 22 now). Wondering if anyone this far or further into their QUIT has experienced bumps in mouth? From what I’ve read is that it’s pretty typical between the first week to 50 days, but I just started noticing this about a week ago(day 70)




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    • I am not sure if anyone has replied to your question. I had dipped for 32 years and have been quit for close to 240 days. I experience all kinds of bumps and a white fuzzy growth on my gums. Dentist didn’t seem concerned and went away. Still come and go. Not telling you to ignore it, but don’t obsess over it.




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      • Hi Patrick good job! Ive been quit for 20 days. I was a two can a day user for about 35 years. I had foot surgery 21 days ago and Dr told me no tobacco because the bones wont heal. Im on my feet at work all day so if the foot doesnt heal im screwed. Many other reasons to quit so Ill keep plugging away!!!!




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      • Thanks for the response man! Most of mine have gone away. I had an oral exam to make sure everything looked okay. Day 95 today and fog has been present the past few days. Still have this bad dry mouth that keeps coming back, anyone else?




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  50. Day 1, chewed thru 2 packs of gum, and a bag of seeds. Shits ridiculous!! Constantly telling myself that I’m still young and invincible to cancer or whatever else. But this shits gotta stop. Too expensive and I’m sick of scrapin off dead skin for real!




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  51. Love this post. Beating addicition is a huge part of bettering yourself, and I know dip can be one hell of a hard addiction to beat. I’ve been there (still) am! I have my own personal development blog that I would like to share this on! It’s at http://www.hiddendominion.com. I’ll probably make a post about beating addiction and will be sure to put killthecan in the post! It’s a great resource.




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  52. Quit day was 11-24 at 1030 PM, so I’m officially past 72 hours. Hasn’t been too bad this far, gum has been my savior. Already noticed a difference in my resting heart rate among other things, little bit of an anxiety issue the other night but was able to push through it. Haven’t failed yet thankfully, another incentive is I got 20 bucks riding on me staying clean haha.




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  53. This was very well written. I guess I’m coming out of the proverbial ‘tobacco can’ closet with this one. At 41, I’ve dipped since 15 so that’s 26 years. Started with some kind of Hawken type, went to Skoal cherry – wintergreen, fine cut wintergreen, Copenhagen, back to fine cut wintergreen, and then back to longcut. Few different times switching to smoking a bit but always crawled back. It was so easy to hide and just more practical in office environments. The pouches, gums, patches, never did it for me. All about the nicotine and that sugary kind of taste that seemed to mix with it so well.

    I never even really thought to quit before. As a cyclist, I monitor my heart ratings on a daily basis. I can push up to 160 bpm for an hour at a time in peak training mode. I mostly swim in the off-season so I also get my share of cross-training in as well. I suppose I could drop dead at any time but I would think it’d be pretty sneaky if it did happen. I get blood work done on a regular basis too. But there is a reason why I’m here so quitting may be an option in the near future.

    What did it for me was a sports injury. I had a few different muscle groups seize up on me near the abdomen region. It came out of nowhere really but before I figured it out, I was thinking the tobacco had finally done me in. I was like, yep – time for stomach cancer. I was starting to think would Hawaii be a good place to see on a last minute bucket list? It was a tough injury to have. But your life flashes before your eyes when you’re thinking it could be something far far worse. I guess you really don’t know until you have one of those moments. People told me about it long before and I was always just like eh whatever won’t happen to me.

    Ever since that episode a couple months ago, I’ve been eating right, no fast food, veggie drinks, you name it. No urges to drink, straight and narrow. The last step is really the tobacco. I’ve cut down from one can per day to about one every other day now. Thinking of how I may survive my last days of stomach cancer, that altered my outlook on things. So I’ll probably be back to this page. You guys got some good ideas.




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    • Okay so I’m 20 and I started dipping when I was 14 and I use be able quit cold turkey. But now it seems I can’t even get through a day without dipping I just lose my mind I get tired and get aggressive like the littlest things will set me off. But I know I need quit cause my gums have started to reced and my teeth hurt at times. But I was wondering is it to late for me to quit I want quit and get my teeth fixed and my gums. I need help any suggestions best ways to quit and is it to late for me.




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  54. Today is supposed to be day 59 for me! Just started thinking, and 10 days ago without even thinking I took a couple puffs of a blunt(marijuana). From what I understand their can still be trace amounts of nicotine on the blunt wrapper even when all tobacco is emptied. Does anyone know if I have to start my timeline all over? I’ve been doing so good and would really suck if I have to start over at day 10.




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    • The next morning I woke up and it felt like a lot of the fog had lifted! Felt very energized throughout the day, almost felt surreal. The biggest thing now is the stomach/ mild chest pains. Been going on for over 2 weeks now. I know a lot of people experience these same symptoms, but is it normal that I’ve have the stomach issues for over 2 weeks now?




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    • A blunt is tobacco even the wrap is tobacco but you should be ok




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  55. I am 47 years old. I chewed cope from 21 years old to about 42 years old. I stopped and started something to keep my mind off what what I would normally do with I chewed. I started running. The running actually help clear my head a little. This lasted three years. I fell victim to the cave in. I started again at 45 have am not 48. (can a day guy). I am now on day five and WOW is the fog bad. It feels as if my head is moving one way when is it still. I do not remember it being this bad. I know it gets better but now my knees are to bad to try to use running as a vice.




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  56. I am about to start my journey on quitting been a habit for a little over 13 yrs. 27 now looking to get myself healthier for my daughter so hopefully I can get a bit more time here with her. Wish me luck I’m gonna need it I think lays and daves sunflower is gonna be the route I take. I tried Grinds Coffee after a dip of it made me want the real thing.




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    • Im on day 2 myself. Day 1 was not actually all the bad….but it got worse as the day went on. I woke up with a nasty headache….which I still have now. I’m angry. Intense cravings. Very rough. Hope I pull it out…but I want this




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  57. Over seven months this time. Last time I quit for 6 1/2 years but I bought some Red Man while on vacation 3 1/2 years ago and boom, it was all over again. I started dipping when I was 11 and quit the first time on my 40th birthday. I’m almost 50 now and it is much harder to quit this time. Stomach problems, weight gain, sleeplessness, fits of extreme irritability, intense cravings, loss of sex drive…. The only good thing is I’m taking less blood pressure medicine now and my tongue doesn’t hurt all the time.




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    • I started dipping when I was 13 stopped at 19 for 2 years. Joined the military and have been dipping a tin a day now for about 5 years. I recently decided enough is enough and have been dip free for seven days. First few days I found it relatively easy. I’ve always been good at quitting cold turkey as I did with smoking, but then that’s another thing that made me start dipping. Hoping I can make it but beginning to good strong triggers.




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      • I started at 13 and stopped, joined the military and right there with you. It’s been 10 years and i’m still dipping. Started Wellbutrin as this is my 3rd time this year trying so why not. I’m on day 1.




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      • Hi I’m 44 I been dippping since I was 7 the longest I ever been with out it was a month because I had too ..My gum started too receede a 1 year ago I swallow the spit since I was in high school I have no problems with my stomach and my health is good but I’m very scare that i going to get cancer I’m really going to take that step to quit




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  58. Been only dipping for 2 years but on a regular basis. I guess from what I have read here, at 2 cans a week, that’s not as heavy as the “can a day” people. I have been able to hide it from most easily but I got pretty sick at myself recently when I kept finding empty chew cans stashed all in places where I hid them. I was amazed at the total number of cans when I did a thorough cleaning of my stuff, garage, car etc.
    Also I’m getting tired of the insides of my cheeks being raw and sore all the time. I’m sure that’s normal and people get used to it??? Is that normal?

    Decided to just stop flat out. It will be hard, but the habit is not one I want to live with. Good luck to others as well!




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  59. Ive been 50 days roughly without a dip after dipping for about 10.I dont crave it really much anymore.Once and a while i think about it but then i tell myself i dont want it i dont need it and its over with.My gums look a lil irritated in some places is that normal? I am a hypocondriac so i freak out about everything and think the worst but other than that i am ok




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  60. Yeah something like that i dip a tub of stokers in a week




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  61. hellow everybody! i am 21 years old and live in pakistan i have been dipping for about 10 year’s now i did 3 failed attempts to Quit dipping but i lose..i have many stomach problems now once again i am thinking about quitting ..i take 155 dips a day and i am thinking about slowly quitting i-e cut it to 6 dips a day…plzz tell me will it help or anyone else ready to quit ? lets quit together




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  62. Im 23 been diping going on 11 years as soon as i spit in out ill drink a bottle of water as fast as i can and put one right back in well this past year my throat has been vary dry feels like something is stick in it i go to the er they check me out im fine if i can get pasted the whole feeling like i cant breath part i would like to quit i have baf anxitiy and. Idk if the er will give me something to help me quit




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    • David I feel your pain dude I have been thru those exact feelings it sux very bad and people that haven’t been there have know idea. You are in the rite place just about everyone here has had issues in one form or another with dipping and quitting dip just hang in there dude it will pass anxiety is hell but it want kill you just makes you feel like it will drink lots of water and try taking a walk just to get some air and chill out a lil it will get better in a few weeks or at least mine did I still get jacked up from time to time but it’s better.




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  63. Well guys, I’ll be in the field with the military so I won’t have a chance to post, but Thursday will be a month since ive quit. Honestly, I have to say I feel amazing. I’ve finally started sleeping through the night again, my back problems stopped, my stomach issues stopped, and I have more time with my kids. Thanks to the support of you guys, I have made it this far. Although the urges get strong some days, I can happily say I’ve left sipping behind.




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    • Great Job Aaron, well on your way to 100..keep on keeping on!
      -JP




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      • Thank you JP! I honestly thought this was going to be the worst thing ever, but seeing my kids faces everyday remind me to keep it up. Plus reading every bodies quit stories has helped me as well.




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    • Hey man, I’m in military as well, looking at my last year in. Away from states for that year and want to come home dip free. How is quitting while serving honestly? With half a squad that dips how do you beat all those triggers?




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  64. I’m on day 4 of quitting, been chewing on and off for 25 years. This go around has been easier than before, a lot of that is because I feel mentally ready to “quit”. I’m over “thinking” about chew. I have one in and I think “I shouldn’t be doing this”, then when I don’t have one in, I think “I wish I had a chew”. Basically dominating my day from morning to night. I am SO OVER IT.

    Now I feel I just need to watch out for those triggers and traps. I quit on time for 5 YEARS! and started up again because I was curious and thought I couldn’t get trapped again. Well that didn’t work and here I am five years later chewing a tin a day. Absolutely done with it.

    I recently read Alan Carr’s The easy way to quit smoking. Lots of really good advice in there and makes you realize that nicotene doesn’t do one positive thing- and it doesn’t even give you any type of a real buzz. All it does is make you feel like you are missing something when you are not doing it. So you repeat this cycle of trying to fill a tiny void that is created by the first chew/cigerrette. Vicious cycle that I hope to never reenter.




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    • Holy cow, this is hard. I hadn’t dipped for about 5 years…trying to quit this time has been tough. I’ve made it around 10 days a couple times but life/work stress seems to pull me right back in. The gum soreness after a few days is crazy….makes me really worry. When will it stop? Any oral medicine for that?




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  65. Hello everyone,

    I just kicked the habit 3 days ago, I have been dipping for 10 years and the being the military didnt help either. Can anyone honestly tell me, if they peeled a little bit of skin after not dipping for certain amount of days ? is that a sign of healing ?




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    • Yeah that happens. I still have some dead skin peeling on my inner lip (and im 40 days out). Should last probably 2 months from what I hear.




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      • Ive been 50 days roughly without a dip after dipping for about 10.I dont crave it really much anymore.Once and a while i think about it but then i tell myself i dont want it i dont need it and its over with.My gums look a lil irritated in some places is that normal? I am a hypocondriac so i freak out about everything and think the worst but other than that i am ok.




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  66. Hello everyone …I am really going to need yalls help! I am 30 and been dipping since i was 11…I have tried to quit before a few times but i always give in! I get panic attacks and think im having a heart attack when i tried to quit! But with yalls help maybe i can do it… i want to grow old with my beautiful kids and loving wife! I just decided to quit 3 hrs ago and this is the time im going to do it!!




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    • Hang in there. Day 14 here. Think about quitting hour by hour and not forever. You have a couple of shitty days ahead of you. Remember you have had that shit in your lip for years so you need to replace it with something. Good luck




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    • One day at a time brother




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    • That’s kind of how I quit. I just decided enough is enough. I went to the doctor and picked up a script for wellbutrin. I really can’t tell you which it was but either the meds or withdrawals had me so anxious I couldn’t of dipped anyway. Brother I am at day 20 now and I am so excites to be free of the chains of snuff addiction. Just don’t give uo.




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  67. Hey guys on day 3 right now and feeling great. Not great but great if you catch my drift. A coworker of mine dips too and we thought of a solid option to help with the quitting. I’m a wintergreen guy, always have been so what we did for two weeks is fill half a can of the real stuff and the other half with smokey mtn and now we are both on 100 percent smokey mountain 2 weeks later. Don’t try to go from real to fake right away, your mind catches on way too fast but instead, if you gradually introduce the new flavor into your mouth you get use to it and comfortable with it and it makes the switch SO MUCH EASIER when your ready to go full fake dip. Stay positive everybody




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    • I’ve been rubbing for 20 years solid quit here and there for a week or so, this time I’m in it to win it… It’s been 5 days and the dying part of wanting it is getting easier. Tried all fake snuff time and time before always ended up back to regular Copenhagen.. Problems I have is my work and outdoor activities never keep me inside, so it was always in my mouth.. One thing I’ve been doing is put $4.00 a day away that’s about a cost of dip.. End of the month buy your self something..




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  68. I’ve hit one month dip free today and it feels great. I feel so awak through out the day now for some crazy reason. More time with family and fiancé since I’m not sneaking to be a ninja dipper. On the flip side I do have times where I have those cravings but I beat them. I also have times where I do feel the depression like I’m missing something that I hope will go away soon. I also have sores in the month that hopefully will go away, nothing painful which is good.

    I quit with you all today.




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    • Congrats on one month free Stephen. Give yourself more time to heal, the depression and cravings will come and go…but the longer you stay away from the nicotine, these feelings will go and stay “go”. Promise! And yeah, the mouth needs time to heal, probably wouldn’t hurt to have a dentist take a peak in there, just to make you feel ok about it. They will probably like to hear you quit as well.
      Keep up the good work, it’s quitter like you that keep my quit!
      -JP
      2 years, 70 days free.




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    • I am a month in a half in and I feel like I get better sleep had sores once but not any more




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  69. Well guys, I must say day 1-3 were a living hell. Today I feel better, less headaches. Have been extremely gassy though, really weird. Thanks to this forum, ive honestly been more motivated to quit. Thanks so far guys




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  70. 17 been dipping on and off since I was in 6th grade currently a junior in high school been dipping almost everyday since my freshman year decided it’s time to quit. I’ve spent too much money I could have for better things, will be rough on a football full of dippers but hopefully I make it through it started Day 1 today so hopefully I can do this




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  71. Is the smokey mountain a good idea??




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    • I’m personally a huge fan of using any tool (fake dip, seeds, etc.) that helps you in your quit. For some people it’s too close to the real thing and makes it more difficult but for me it was a life (and quit) saver.




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      • When I tried to quit last time I found that the fake chew was making me crave more, but then I tried sunflower seeds, be careful with these our gums and teeth are already weekend so we cut easier! Unfortunelly I relapsed but I’m gonna try again Cold turkey that’s why I am here




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    • After 4 years of dipping, smokey mtn has helped me out a LOT. I’m on day 4 as of today, wouldn’t have made it this far without it.




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  72. Well guys, officially made it past 24 hours without nicotine. Smokey mountain has helped with the oral fixation. Felt really good, mouth feels better already.




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    • I’m on day 3, I also use smokey mountain to help me through it. This is hard, harder than I thought. Constantly thinking about it sucks, keep it up Aaron.




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  73. Well, I’m thinking of quitting, I’ve been dipping for 4 years, and I can’t even make it past day 1…it does get easier right?




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    • Be strong, Aaron. It gets better and it is totally worth it.




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      • Any tips on how to keep myself from breaking down and buying another canote. I want to quit for my kids.




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        • Aaron, I suggest getting yourself a can of nicotine free herbal dip to start. There is a whole page on this site that has alternatives to smokeless tobacco for you to look at. Smokey Mountain is really the main one that is in the Market. Walmart carries it and many smoke shops do too. there are better ones, but you’ll need to order. It will not taste the same, but the lip will have something in it and the spit will be brown. Sunflower seeds were also very helpful. Excersise, lots of water…stay busy, work out…get out here on the site and read, learn about how the quit is affecting you. Youll learn a lot reading and talking to other quitters. you are not alone with this. Vent to other quitters, they want to help make this successful for you too.
          Good luck and stay strong and away from the poison!
          -JP
          2 years, 62 days free




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        • I know it sounds weird, but I break up a toothpick and mix it in with a piece of cinnamon gum. Helps with the oral fixation….




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        • I’m on day 5 right now. I fight the craving of the nicotine with the though of how disappointed my family would be. I fight the need to have something in my mouth with beef jerky chew and Cowboy Coffee Dip. The herbal dips just don’t work for me. Good man i’m hoping it gets easier past day 7.




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    • I’m officially on day 1, the nicotine cravings are kinda riugh, BUT I’ve ate more today than I normally do. Which is great, I never felt really hungry while dipping during the day. Just want to continue down this path…I used to be a can a day….thus is really rough.




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  74. Day 5- I replaced dipping with chewing gum and/or doing a set of 30 pushups. I thought that if i did something that got my heart rate up, then i could cope better. I am an active person already so I changed my meal plans. I know i will expect to eat more, so what I did was cut down the amount of food that I ate and instead ate more often that way i could fill the vice of eating. Will report back on day 30




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  75. Hey guys I was on here about 8 months ago talkin about how I was maybe 3 weeks into quitting, Well unfortunately that didnt plan out until May 28th, that is which is my birthhday, I had ended up getting sick (Sore Throat) My uncle had unfortunately just passed from cancer and scared the sh## out of me. I took my full can that I had bought that morning and threw it away so since then I have yet to have one single pinch or thought about dipping, it took about 2 months a little more to just stop caring, One thing you rely alot on is food and I surely did I gain 15-20 pounds but Im starting to work that back off but I always thought O couldn’t do it and put it off but you can just set it away and dont look at it!!




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  76. so I’ve been dipping about 6 months does that make it easier?




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  77. Here we go, time to quit.




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  78. MarkR

    Day number 15 off of a can and a half 38 year habit. Never made it past the first day before. The fog is all gone now, cravings remain but get a little better everyday. If I can make it this far so can anybody else who really wants too.




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  79. Woke up this morning not wanting to go to work or get out of bed at all. My jaw was sore mouth hurts and is drying out and throat feels weird as well. Ugh day 8 a lot worse then day 7. I know they will pass just wanted to get on here and post

    I quit with you all today




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  80. Going on day three here and the cravings have been the easy part for me I have to say. Other then that my anxiety has been at an all time high thinking of health issues and getting mad at myself for letting this kick me for 6 years.

    A can of grizz every three days was my routine so I wasn’t as heavy as some on here. I will never let it control me again and I know it can only get better from here. I know anxiety usually gets a high at the 50 – 60 days but here I am at day 3 and I’m going crazy distracting me from work as well as just getting me down. Any ideas to help with this or has anyone felt like this before?

    I quit with you all today.




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    • Normal Steve, this is what healing from nicotine feels like. It’s pure hell those first 3 days….the nicotine should all be out, or close to it. Next l, the mind games, again, totally normal.
      My best advice, pound the water, stay busy, through exercise, chores or a project. Go talk to a Doctor is you’re overly concerned. Listen to your body, it’s thanking you!
      Spend time here. There are alot of others joining you on the journey. There is also a wealth of knowledge from other Quitters and also on other threads/pages.
      I got myself some fake chew in the beginning, I pounded a can a day of that, just like I would the junk. Gum, Seeds….anything that prevents you from using the junk, do it.
      This all will pass, so long you refrain from using nicotine….i promise.
      Hang in there and Good Luck
      -JP
      2 years, 42 days free from that shit




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    • I fell off the wagon today, and I had a pinch. I quit cold turkey last Saturday night. It’s been hell all weak. Using the fake mint stuff. But today, I fell for a bit. I desperately do want to quit but I sure did /do enjoy it. Just need to charge forward tho. Been dipping for years. Really want to get healthy and not freak out cuz of sores in my mouth. Smh




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      • What happened? Why did you make a decision to go back to the thing you’re trying so hard to escape from? You were nearly a week quit. The nicotine was 100% out of your system. Now you’ve got to start over and go through those first couple of brutal days again. Learn from the fall… move forward and don’t look back. Take tobacco off the table as an option. You CAN do it.




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      • It happens. Hope ypu got back on the horse. O am now almost 6 months now and it gets better, it really does




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      • Jim, I too obsessed about sores in my mouth. Got some stuff called “Mouth Kote” that helps with the dry mouth. Been using 36 years and have been quit for two days. Got off the s..t for three years back in the 80’s using the patch. I slipped in 85 and have been using a can of Grizzly a day. I’m again using the patch but am experiencing the fog and ir atability as well as the dry mouth. Can only imagine what it would be like without them. Hang in there guys.




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  81. Keep your head up. Ive dipped for over 30+ years and Im 40. I tried quitting here and there. I thought the nicotine gum and fake chew would help. No I relapsed time after time.

    So i decided Im going all in cold turkey and Im 5 days in and to say i have had cravings but not as bad as i thought i would. Im done with tobacco–I will never dip again. Tired of the bad breathe and addiction that crap had over my life for a long long time.

    Get yourself hard candy, gum, keep yourself busy. You can kick that crap.




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  82. I was a 2 can a day Skoal dipper. 37 days in and while I will say I do have cravings every now and then that is about it. Hasn’t made me feel bad or not sleep or be irritable. I took advantage of a 2 week vacation to Europe to quit, made it very easy as they don’t sell the stuff over there. Was having so much fun I didn’t even think about it until I got back home. Smooth sailing since.




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    • the vacation advantage is nice…. I used the Flu advantage. When I was sick in May 2016 with the flu, I used that to help. 7 day head start… 85 days in and holding strong. Do I have the urge, yeah, but I am not weak and I won’t give in to use that cancer causing, gum rotting garbage ever again. I chew gum now and bite the shit out of my lips and tongue by accident. I feel my mouth has been thru a war. I just want to be free and live to see my girls grow up happy, healthy and successful. Stay strong… Live long….. do not ever give up…




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  83. I’m reading the what to expect page
    and i’m definitely familiar with the first 30-45 days of withdrawal..tried multiple times…i’m currently 4 or 5 days into this one but am using patches
    does that mean I am essentially not starting any of these withdrawal stages based on the fact that there’s still nicotine in my system technically from the patch?




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  84. Made it 3 days went back to it im going to man up and try again this site makes me think i can do this 3 days seems to be as far as i can get




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  85. On day 3. Chewed a can and a half a day for 16 years. Like some of you, I thought I might not see my daughter grow up, so I realized it was time. I’ve been using Smokey Mountain herbal snuff, and I think it has helped replace the ritual.

    Now I’m having the irregular heart beats and mind glitches, so I guess that means the bad stuff is leaving.

    Ashamed I let something like this control my for so long.




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    • Karl… day 6 for me…agree on the smokey mtn….and also have some bloating and irregular heart beats from time to time….i started feeling like it was bearable on day 4 ..tomorrow should be much better for ya




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    • Don’t feel bad brother. I’m in the same boat




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  86. I quit 9 days ago now. Can’t say i have it rough as some of you fellers out there. I chewed 2 tins of Kodiak wintergreen for about 18 years. I’m 38. All i have been dealing with is my mind trying to trick me into giving up. I went through a period of time where I would get pissed off real easy but that’s going away slowly. I still have a shorter fuse than when I was chewing. The urges are not as bad as they were in the first 4 days. It’s worse in the afternoons now. Fuck it, I’m not going back.




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  87. Ok, so I decided to do it. Couldn’t look at my kids anymore without wondering how much longer would I get to see them grow up. 21 years of a can and a half a day. I am DYING right now. Last dip was yesterday morning. Anybody have a ringing and dullness in their ear? Entire jaw numb with soreness? Can’t sleep, but tired as hell. If this is day one then holy shit. It’s not until now that I realize how much of a coward I have been for letting something take absolute control over my life.




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    • Jaw numbness and soreness. CHECK. Thought my jaw was going to damn near crawl off my face when I quit. Hang in there brother. Believe it or not, you’re right on track.




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    • If you were dipping a can and a half a day for that long then you are in for a wild ride. I was a can a week and am just over a month and its been the worst days of my life. I have had anxiety, palpatations, stress, chest pain, sweating, fatigue, faint, memory loss but these are all normal. You have to fight through it. All those years of poison in your body isn’t good but your body is amazing and has to heal itself and it starts with your brain all the way down to your toes my man. I have done more research on this over the past month then a normal human would. I have been to emergency rooms thinking I was dying. I wasn’t I was perfectly healthy and so are you just stay strong. I found whenever I felt like losing my shit I would take a 30 min hot shower and lay down in it and it would relax me.




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    • Hang tough buddy. I quit for the same reasons. I looked at my daughter and wandered if I would make it to her graduation. I was a can a day dipper and August 8th was one year clean of nicotine. I did it so I know anyone can. It’s tough as shit…..I would carry a picture of my daughter with me and when I wanted a dip I would pull it out and look at her. It’s a hell of a motivation.




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    • If you can, run or exercise, take niacin, drink green tea like it’s going out of style and then run some more. Make your body so physically tired, it’s too tired to miss dip. Worked for me every time and knew friends that pushed through the first through days the same way. The endorphins will help, but mainly exhaust yourself.




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    • I quit yesterday, and I’m experiencing the exact same thing.




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    • I’ve had anxiety and no good sleep for 5 days. It sucks. I had a pouch today for about 2 hrs and realize I can do this. I don’t need this crap




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  88. Tin a day for the last ten years. Day 4 off the Cope. I wish there was a place I could bash in the heads of baby seals. This is my life now.




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  89. I can remember thinking that after 37 years of chewing Red Man . That I had 0(zero) chance of ever quitting . In fact I knew I was never gonna guit. I had tried , and it never lasted more then six hours. I mean everything else in the world was gonna happen, but me quitting Tobacco. I mean I loved it. I couldn’t quit, so I didn’t even think about it. Year after year, day after day
    Chew chew chew chew never thinking I ever had a chance in the world. To quit
    But then Tony Gwynn the Baseball player died.and I started to get worried . You know me being a former Pro player, and all that.
    It really started to hit me. The fact that I’m losing teeth one at a time. And I keep chewing and I can’t stop. I mean I literally can’t stop. But then my chance came, I know it was Heaven Sent . But I’ll take it.
    Two years ago this September , I came down with bronchitis . And my throat got so sore, I could not chew for 4 days and that’s when I stumbled on Killthecan.
    And thank God I did. This website got me thru the 6-8
    Months it takes to get the Beast out of you System . It was a struggle , but I wanted to do it for all the people that wrote in and got me thru it. It ain’t easy in fact the things you go thru. Make you realize that you can do it not only for yourself but for the people that come after you. My friends it I quit.
    Let me repeat that if I quit.
    One more time , if I quit. Anybody can quit .
    This may sound Corny , but I’m so happy for it that if you Chew or Smoke I’m gonna get down on my knees and Beg you to quit
    That’s how grateful I am to this website
    Please do it not for me but for you and everyone else. Each one teach one




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  90. Hi I am currently on day 35 cold turkey. I dipped about a can to a can and a half a week. Copenhagen Mint. Let me tell you this is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I have been on the severe side of symptoms. I have had chest tightness/pain. Anxiety and hot flashes like I’m going to faint, irratibilty, depression. Everything you can possibly imagine I also gave up caffeine cold turkey at the same time so that probably doesn’t help lol. I am 30 years old and have been dipping on and off since I was 18. My symptoms have been so bad I have gone to the emergency room and undergone all heart tests possible, had blood work done I mean everything. It is all anxiety related and stress. I wish this on no one. I am staying strong though! I will not be beat. With all those years of putting poison in my body there is this price to pay and boy am I paying it. I wish everyone trying to quit the best of luck and if you need any help or pointers or someone to talk to to get you through It email me at hurley786@gmail.com. I have experienced it all.




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    • I chewed about the same amount off and on or 25 years. I just quit last Thursday. It’s day 5 for me. I plan on following this site to quit. I purchased some 2mg gum and split the pieces into 1/3rds to gradually reduce the nicotine in my body. So, I’m chewing one piece of this gum a day total. I’m doing this with one pack of 10. A 30 day supply or more as I cut back to two. 1/3 doses a day week 2, a one 1/3 dose for the last 2 weeks.
      This isn’t going to be easy, but I’ve had someone close to me get diagnosed with stage 4 oral cancer. Half his jaw, lymph node, and many of his teeth had to be removed. And now he is fighting for his life.




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  91. I’m 26 and I chewed pretty heavily for 8 years. I’m 72 hours in. Hardest tonight is sleep, I miss it already, but happy to finally be kicking the can! Waiting for my Grinds to come in the mail, those coffee pouches aren’t half bad. Stay strong boys.




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  92. My quit day was Thursday, July 14th, right as I left the dentists office. Doc told me, “come back in a month and we will see if you need to have those sores biopsied.” Haven’t had a dip since and I go back to the dentist in two days. Sores have cleared so that’s a good sign. I have encountered heartburn, sleeplessness, and a bit of irritability. Oral fixation is a bitch. The struggle is real, boys.




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  93. I am on day 4. I have dipped and smoked on and off for 15 years. Did any of you ever have red irritation on the inside of your cheeks or discomfort in your mouth. Not really burning or pain just uncomfortable.




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    • Gary, EVERYTHING is “uncomfortable” when starting the quit. Nothing is normal, you’ll probably have other side effects than the sores or soreness in the mouth. Wouldn’t surprise me that you have a run with anxiety, depression, heart palpitations, weight gain, brain fog, over all weirdness, withdrawal, laziness, less sleep, again, weirdness, then….one day (for me, between 40-60 days), you”all have a half-assed normal day…then a few weeks, then you may feel shitty again, then things will feel normal again, for longer…then you’ll realize life without the junk is more normal than you once thought.
      In short, totally normal to be dealing with strange things. Go see a dentist if your worry (anxiety) is too much. Same with a doctor, they can help give you something to knock off off the edge…and will be happy you have decided to get free of nicotine.
      It takes a while, if it were easy, there would be no such thing as addiction, one day at a time my friend, good luck!
      -JP
      2 years and 25 days free




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      • Hey dude I am on day 35, and did you have chest pain and palps and ever feel likg you were going to pass out and cold sweats?




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        • Absolutely David. I felt weird as hell…cloudy, palps, paranoid. Luckily, if you want to call it that, I had a bout with Anxiety about 18 months before my quit. Never had anything happen like that to me before. I say Lucky, because when I quit, I was familiar with what those symptoms were, so the feelings I endured during those first 30-40 days, weren’t as alarming.
          Honesty, I thought my anxiety was returning during those first 30-40 days. I was researching quitting nicotine quite a bit and found that several people who cease nicotine, that is, quit cold turkey, DO experience anxiety. I also read that we as users, used nicotine to treat our anxiety, which stems from both worry and stress.
          I knew it was just the quit, not anxiety returning, after I read that and because it stopped between 60-70 days, then returned again for a very short time around 90 days, then was spotty after the 100 mark. Id say at about 150 days, I finally felt myself again. Yes, all of this symptoms point to anxiety IMO.
          If you get really worried or stressed (what anxiety needs to get started in the brain), I’d go see your doctor…or at least a doctor. He/she can prescribe you something to help you through. Personally, I did not do the prescription thing during this first 100 days, since I learned how to deal with anxiety without the Rx’s, after the initial bout. But there isn’t a dam thing wrong with getting some help (counselling, meds, relaxation, reading…whatever) if you’re all “amped-up”. I get that…so yes! To answer your questions, the long way, totally normal. Stay the course, and I promise, you’ll never have to go through this shit again. My favorite passage during those first 100 days…”This Too, Shall Pass”.
          Good Luck!
          -JP




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          • JP thank you man! The feed back helps put my tensions at ease thank you for checking back and taking the time out of you’re day to answer my question. Tell me… what natural ways did you combat anxiety? Also I have seen my doctor who has prescribed me Xanax. I have taken it here and there when it gets bad but don’t want to continue to take it. What gets me is at this point in my quit I’m pretty good during the day but ill get palpatations here and there but for some reason around 6:30 7pm everyday I get like this fog/depression/anxiety feeling and it last a couple hours then goes away I also get tired. This all started after I quit dipping.




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          • Dave, for me, it was 3 prong. Diet, Excercise and Relaxation. I also had the help of a wonderful book called “At last a life”. Had I read that when I first encountered anxiety, I would have never taken meds. It was very informative and offered explanations and techniques on how to cope. Will my way, work for all? I’m not certain. I do know, that once I had been offered an alternative way to look at my situation, it certainly helped me.
            I too tried Xanax, twice. A took a half pill one night, gave me horrible nightmares. I figured it was just my body adjusting. I took the other half and had the same results the following night….i said Hell to the NO and went back to the doctor for something else. I was on probably 4 different things for a few weeks at a time before the counselor suggested Zoloft. That one worked well for me, but after about 6 months, finding that gem of a book and taking on excersise and a better diet, I was able to cut ties with the prescriptions.
            Then I decided to quit dipping, lol!! Was a long couple years.
            Again, I have not a problem with prescriptions, I absolutely NEEDED that Zoloft back then, I was a f-ing mess. Once I got a handle on life, I told myself it was time to break free from the meds too. I still had my good and bad days, but eventually the good started to outnumber the bad, then the bad ones were far and few in-between.
            If I can point to one single thing that got me through the anxiety when I quit dipping, hands down, it was running and lifting weights. I did gain 20 lbs (that I have since lost), when I quit. It probably would have been 40 if I hadn’t exercised.
            My own advice, get out there and get to running and pushing the weights….it definitely knocked off the edge.
            You will feel like shit in the beginning, but I promise, sunny days are ahead, if you stay away from the nicotine….and you will no longer be an addict.
            Good Luck, reach out to people here, we all want you to succeed.
            -JP




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  94. 1st day off this shit! Did anyone experience thumping gums with very much pressure? This is killing me!😢




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  95. Day 10 in the books. Does the heartburn get any better? Mine has only worsened since quitting




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    • Hey Matt,

      Day 57 here, I know exactly what you mean with the heartburn, this was probably the worst side effect early on for me. Mine was terrible like day 15 through day 35ish. Seemed like no amount of tums or pepto would do the trick. Keep fighting man as it will get better and eventually go away. I think the PH level is more or less balancing out again in your stomach/throat/ mouth, so tough through as it will get better.




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    • only reason i came on was b/c of my heartburn..im on day 6…..anyone experience bloating …to point your stomach pops out big time a few times a day…thought it was food but its not…and ive been to dr. for full inspection….had stress test and echo cardio…all good…. gotta be related to the chew….




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  96. Well i found going down to the truck stop and blowing a few truckers took care of the oral fixation thing and i made a few extra bucks win win




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  97. Day 30 today….. Longest month ever. i am NEVER going through this again. Quit once in early 30’s for about 2 years and now at 55 quitting again. Lotsa sleepless nights but over the really tough withdrawals i think…. always helps to read about everyone else triumphs and struggles against the dip habit.




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  98. Day 4.. was tough last night, but waking in morning still taste the contamination coming out in my mouth.




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  99. Jeff, Jay gave you some great info. I also ordered up some cinnamon toothpicks on Ebay the other day, they are awesome. I’ve been quit since Feb 2015 & during the start of my quit, I ENGULFED Skittles. I was buying the big bags & would kill it in a few days. About 6 mos into my quit I knew I had to cut back on the Skittles, they are like crack to me. I now use Teaza, Hooch, Skittles (cut way back on them), seeds sometimes & toothpicks for the oral fixes I need. Try to find replacement for the food. Good luck buddy.




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  100. Jeffrey Jennings

    My quit date was this past Monday July 25th. I will say I’m at the 72 hour mark, so according to what I’m reading I’m now rid of nicotine in my body. I will confess that all these years as a dipper my appetite was always non existent. For the most part, I could go a majority of the day without eating and it didn’t bother me. Now that I have quit I have a voracious appetite. In the 3 days I’ve quit I’ve gained 8 lbs. Is this normal? I’m not really fiending for nicotine, but I seem to be craving junk food all the time as if I just smoked pot. I know its only been 3 days but I don’t want to go from chances of oral and mouth cancer from dipping to liver and kidney failure from junk food binges and develop diabetes. I guess I was having a nicotine withdrawal yesterday and then I ate 3 brownies that had milky way pieces in it and I felt better. Then after eating 3 of them I was like what the fuck am I doing. For dinner I ate so much food I got that “Thanksgiving Day Food Hangover” the one where you feel miserable and you undue the button on your jeans, kick off your boots and lay fully stretched out in the recliner and crash out. Any feedback would be great.




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    • Jeffrey Jennings

      This is a little more info. I can’t afford to gain more weight. I’m 6’2″ 310 lbs. Most of my weight came from high school and college when I played football and ate like a beast and lifted weights everyday. I know I’m doing the right thing by killing the can. I am trying to eat good things and make the right choices. I just ate 2 butterflies chicken breasts a full bowl of broccoli and drank 2 bottles of water. Yet I’m having hunger pains still. Like I said before when I dipped I was almost never hungry.




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      • I am the same way. Get yourself into a gym, pronto. I quit for 2 years, then started again 2 years ago…after breaking the 20yr habit. I’m back on day ONE of no tobacco, and im already almost begging for a vending machine full of food. The best thing that happened to me was that I got out and starting running…then go invited to the YMCA. Thats my advice. Do that and at least you’re burning off some of the intake.




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    • Jeff, what you outlined is totally “normal”. At least it was for me during my quit too. The reason you’re eating so much is really two part in my opinion. One, you’re used to having something in your mouth…a dip. Food is now what you’re using to satisfy that “need”. Two, your body is searching for nicotine. By putting sugar in there, it’s giving you something for your craving. I get it, I was eating the same way early in my quit.
      I would suggest finding something like sunflower seeds, gum or even the fake dips out here. I started really enjoying the seeds once I got used to them…it took a while. I’d stuff a cheek full of them…the work I put in, to crack the shell, spit it and eat the seed, seemed to take care of a lot of the oral fixation. I also tried almost every single fake dip listed on this site until I found one I liked. Now, just over 2 years free of the Tobacco, I still do take a fake dip here and there. I always have one around, In the event “I want a dip”. Just be sure you are only using the non-nicotine versions. Some offer nicotine in their products, refrain from using those ones. And I recently have stopped the seeds and use gum mostly just now…and that too is less and less.
      You will battle the oral thing for a while…the trick is finding a substitution, that isn’t only food. I gained 20lbs on my quit…carried it around with me up until last fall, I finally shaved off 25! Got tired of carrying it, now I’m where I was, slightly lower, than when I first quit.
      It’s been a journey for sure, but you can do it. Your story sounds a lot like mine. Wish I’d never started dipping, but all my teammates did it too. No excuses anymore, I’m done with it. The weight gained, was so worth it to be free from dependency.
      I’m sorry, getting off point, go get yourself something to occupy that fixation, that’s my advice. Seeds, Gum, Fake chew. You said you were an athlete, get back to the gym! I found running and lifting weights helped tremendously with the anxiety that came back around the 30-60 day period, and it probably also helped me only gain the 20 lbs, instead of 40!
      I wish you much luck on your journey. Use this site, it’s full of useful info for quitting and people will help if you reach out, I cannot stress that enough. Get into the forum discussions too. People want to help each other here, it’s a beautiful thing.
      Take care
      -JP
      2 years 13 days free




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    • Weight gain is normal bro!




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      • Calm Before the Storm

        18 years of dipping 1-1.5 cans/day. I’m on hour 24. It concerns me cause it seems I was dipping “above average” and I haven’t experienced much of the hell yall are referring to. I just hope I’m ready for it. Got Nicorette 4mg, Jakes Mint Chew, Seeds, etc. we’ll. Good luck to others trying to start/continue/stay quitting.




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