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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  1. Ok last night had my last dip after chewin for the past ten years time to quit save me some money save my teeth! Today was the first full day with no dip and it’s a struggle I feel like I’m half drunk just not on the top of my game feel out of place is that normal?

  2. My name is CJ, I’ve dipped for many of years. I’m no stranger to addictions, and smoking and dipping helped me to stay free and clear of alcohol. I’ve tried kicking the habit many of times. The longest I’ve stayed stopped was six months.

    I have even told my doctor about my struggles with dipping as well as my dentist. There’s stuff out there to quit smoking, but nothing is out there in the medical/pharmaceutical realm to quit dipping.

    I got nagged on about my dipping like how I was nagged about my drinking. Nagging did not help, it just helped to piss me off and accelerate my dipping more. I admit I dipped over things I used to drink over. The biggest issue I dipped over is money. No need to get further in detail, but many can imagine the thought and struggle. Not having enough for this, can’t get that, more month than money, etc. Stuff like that.

    I’ve battled lots of sinus infections, sore throat, coughing, and lack of appetite over the past few months. As a result of recurrent sinus infections and migraine headaches, my doctor has referred me to an Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctor. While I wait for my appointment, new things have happened. My mouth peeled like skin peeling from a sunburn, got spots in my mouth, and I don’t feel right. But, it took that to completely abandon dipping.

  3. I have been on it for 2 years now.. And tonight a bit of my tooth cracked… And I have decided tonight to just stop.. Too scared to have it again.. I hope I’ll be successful n make it… All ur stories motivated me… Pls give me any tips if u have. Thanks

  4. Hi my name is Patrick. I’m 15 and I’ve been dipping for about 3 years now.. today is the day I finally wanted to quit. I looked at my gums and I finally had it. I will look back at this page everytime I think about that can of Copenhagen and just think how my life will be so much better without it. Thousands of dollars and multiple trips to the mirror to look at my gums is over with. Thank you

  5. I have been dipping almost a can-a-day of pouches for the past two years and a few cans a week for five years before that (originally started on long cut wintergreen). I felt like I always had a reason to quit, but I could never shake it. Combine this with poor oral hygiene, love of sugary foods/drinks, and heavily grinding my teeth. My dentist shamed me a few years ago, and I haven’t been back to any dentist since. Over the past few weeks I have really attempted to stop because I looked at the state of my gums and teeth and feel it is now or never. I am planning on going to another dentist around the 30 day mark. I will explain my situation, and I hope he will be supportive of me and offer options to help me. I am not sure if I will need gum grafts, and I am not looking forward to paying for them. Does anyone have any idea if my gums will start to grow back (even a little bit)? Many websites say no, but I would like to hear it from people who have quit. Please let me know!

    • CN,
      I am not a dentist or a doctor and I surely wouldn’t be looking for a professional opinion on this site. But what I can offer is only what I’ve read and been told (from my own hygentist) about gums. Once they start receding, they don’t grow back. You can definitely stop the damage, but you can’t repair it. That’s why they tell you to take care of them. I’m not trying to be a dick, I dipped for dam near 30 years myself and done damage to my own gums that can’t be repaired. The evidence will always be there. But, I’m now over three years removed from the habit and my tissues look great and the gum damage has stopped.
      The warnings are clear on those cans of tobacco, they may cause tooth loss, cancer and gum diseases. And not taking care of you mouth only turns that “may cause” into “does cause”. Fortunately, I did take good care of my teeth when I abused the smokeless tobacco…still doesn’t mean that the damage isn’t still there, some is not reversible (gums).
      My advice, get away from that garbage. If I can do it after 30 years of abuse, anyone can.
      Good Luck.

      • Thanks JP, I am now almost 4 days without any abuse. I made an appointment with a new dentist in a month, and I am looking forward to being able to say that I will be a month free from tobacco. My last dentist shamed me, and I haven’t been in a long time. That is one of the main reasons for my anxiety, but your response has helped a lot!

        • No problem and congrats on 4 days free!
          My old dentist did the same thing. They use to break out the pictures of mouth cancer, athletes who lost their cheek, the statistics….all of it. I too, stopped going for about 8 years myself, for that very reason. But, I have always took good care of my mouth, I probably brush 3-4 times a day. When I met my now wife, she set me up with her dentist. I told her specifically, if they start the shaming stuff, I was done with them. I knew chewing tobacco was bad. I knew it damaged you mouth. I knew I could possibly get cancer, lose my teeth and possibly die from it. But the fact of the matter is, I was an addict. Nothing can convince you that you are, but yourself in that situation. This new dentist knew I wasn’t going to put up with them pulling that. They did always tell me “I know it’s hard to stop, you know the dangers and that you should stop, that’s all we’re going to say”….fair enough.
          I eventually did quit, and these people couldn’t be happier for me and have supported my quit like the folks have here. I think it’s all about being up front and honest with the dentist. Yes, I dip. Yes, my mouth looks like shit. Yes, I know the dangers. Yes, I know I could die. Yes, I know I need to quit.
          I know what you mean. My suggestion, besides quitting the habit, find another dentist if you don’t like your current one. It’s their job to break your balls about abusing your mouth with smokeless tobacco. But there does come a point where they’ve got to realize the person is an addict and has to have those “big boy” conversations with himself.
          Keep up the quit. One day at a time.
          Take care,

  6. Day 53 – Dipped a can a day for about 10 years. Best advice I can give is to start working out a ton and eat healthier than normal – along with getting smokey mountain. Life already sucks, so those commitments don’t even seem that hard… then it is very motivating when you start noticing all the positive results

  7. Jacob Andrew Smith

    I’m 20 years old and already showings signs the dentist are worried about I dip 2 to 3 cans a day I stopped for two and couldn’t handle it I need help to quit do to my angel I go to sleep dipping and wake up dipping I need to quit been dipping only 6 years but how do you stop.

    • I dipped for 3 years a can a day, I’m only 18. Just started my first year of college and the day I moved in I went to the doctor and they found white patches on the sides of my tongue and numerous sores on the sides of my mouth. Said the shit on my tongue could possibly be cancerous. Weird thing was, I quit 4 days before the doctor appointment because of a dream I had where I was dipping and one of my teeth fell out. Looked at my mouth closely the next morning and saw all that shit. Lol scared the shit out of me. Day 17 now, no side effects really except feeling tired a lot

    • Everyone has that “never again!” moment, quits for 2 days, then pops a pinch in to ease the pain/anxiety. We get pissed at ourselves afterwards, but that’s just kinda how addiction works.

      I suggest finding a good non-tobacco dipping alternative. Coffee chew worked for me, but others really like mint chew.

      As far as the first week, it’s going to be tough. You’re going to be very uncomfortable and you’ll turn into an irritable, whiny mess. I promise that feeling will go away. I can’t emphasize that enough. The uncomfortable part of quitting passes quicker than you think.

      Best of luck!

  8. Fuck chewing. in Alaska on vcay every where I look I see a tin ring in pockets. Bulging lips. Mouth and tounge are still dry and now I have a fucking canker sore fucking a this sucks ass

  9. Well I quit smoking about 4 days ago I’m still dipping been getting cramps in my muscles pretty good and a lil edgy, i get this twitch in my eye, going to quit dipping Friday kinda scared but it’s what’s best!

  10. Been a can a day dipper since I was 13 23 now and 10 days into quiting Smokey mountain has been a life saver

  11. Going on 5th day of no snuff after 27years. Worst thing so far is my mouth and tounge are always dry. Hopefully that goes away soon just drinking lots of water. Stay strong

  12. Started smoking at 16…moved back and forth between Skoal and Camels until I settled in with Skoal at 30. I am now 50 and am on day 52 of no nicotine and am suffering more than I did initially so I am very happy to google and find the support here I needed.

    I am seeing the doc Monday, day 59, and I gotta get some depression meds or something…i flipped over a table and threw a chair a few weeks back…i do not do that…ever…i have to quit nicotine for me and I need to make sure I dont hurt my furniture…i do not think i will hurt myself or others, but i am just the biggest ass lately.

    Thank you so much for letting me share. Lets all stay strong!

  13. Been dipping for 9 years now, and I’m only 23. Tomorrow might be day number 1. It sounds awful.

    • For as bad as day 1 may sound to you, how bad do you think day 1 of chemo would suck?

      You can do this. You’re not alone.

    • I chewed for 25 years and went cold turkey because i got so scared ever time I went to the dentist that he was going to see something. It’s been over a year a d one of.the thoughts that kept.me going is that it gets better every day. If you give in you just have to through this again.

  14. Today I hit day 30 I never expected to hit this point. After 2and a half years this has been the best decision ever.

  15. Day 23: Dear brothers and sisters, need some help. Last 2 days, when I wake up from bed, I am feeling depressed and very irritable. Yesterday, I had an intense dream (but forgot what it was). Today, it felt like a dreamless sleep but woke up very tired (slept close to 7 hours). By around noon, my depressed mind is getting bit better but again end of day feeling down. Do I have clinical depression masked by Nicotine? Any idea when it gets better (I understand each one is different but would like to get some hope :)). I don’t crave dip or cigarettes but those special moments (after a long day at work, some functions etc) are torturing me. I keep looking into the mirror when this happens to remind me the damage it has done to my gums and stains it created in my teeth and keep telling me dipping is not an option anymore even with those “special moments”.
    Sometimes, feel like crying as the effort is sapping everything out of me 🙁

    • Raja, while I am no doctor and can’t possibly tell you without a doubt, you “do not” have depression, I can tell you I too had some of it during those first 100 days of the quit. It was mostly feelings of “how am I going to get by in life without the nicotine?” type of feelings. They did make me feel blue. So I am only assuming you are going thru the same thing.
      Another suggestion I’d make, is to maybe join the forums here at the site. There won’t always be someone on this thread to help, but there are a ton of people going thru this battle with you, in the forums. I fortunately had 4-5 people that were on this thread everyday when I quit. But sometimes it gets quiet here.
      Just stay the course, what you are describing seems to be in line with many others (including myself) out here. If things get too tough, rather than go back to this terrible habit, go see a physician (doctor), I’m sure they’d be able to get you something to knock off the edge during this time.
      Good luck, you’re doing great!

      • By the way…I just remembered, I had a dream last night, I bought a can. I remember feeling guilty, but that I’d “only take one here and there”.
        I know this will never become true in real life, because I went down that road before. Just one, equals 2, 2 equals another can and then you’re back into it.
        I am over 3 years quit and I have no plans to ever go back.
        All you new quitters keep up the fight.

        • Wow.. after all these years?

          • I’m glad you made it thru another “nic bitch” fit we called them…it will get better, hang in there.
            Yes, even after three years, those dreams/desires, still pop up I guess. I thought it was strange myself!
            Keep at it Raja, you’re kicking the habits ass!

      • Thank You, JayP. I thought I am done for but somehow I survived. The fact that people like you who have seen the worst of this tells me it gets better really makes me believe I can win. Thanks again

        • RAJA, Hope you are about to celebrate a milestone. JayP’s help is coming through for you to stick to the plan.
          I am following you. Day 17-cold turkey after 32 years of dip, Mava, pan etc…surprisingly, It has been comparatively very easy for me. No strong withdrawal symptoms. Chewing raw clove after meal, tea or at any trigger works perfectly. Keeping the smelly sheet unreachable making the brain realize that it is not possible to get at trigger time.
          Please reply and inspire.

    • The devil and his demons are enraged they lost a way to kill you resist the desires of your flesh..you can do it put your faith in christ

      • Good word you are right on. I am upset with myself because I quit dipping 3 weeks ago only to be talked in to vaping starting at 12 mg now I’m at 6mg. Bottom line it’s just another trick of the Devil to keep me from surrendering everything to God. God is enough to suffice me and there is nothing to hard for the father. Please pray for me so that when I wake up in the morning I throw these vapes in the trash. I was going to sell them on Craigslist for a couple hundred dollars but then I thought why would I want to make a brother stumble over a stupid $200.00. Or for any amount of money for that matter. My name is Michael pray for me to have the courage to be obedient.

    • Raja I can tell you after a year today that it gets better. I experienced the same thing as far as depression and anxiety took approximately three months to get over the worst symptoms. I don’t know if the want ever really goes away but the side effects and withdrawals do. I know for me 1 year later I still want it but I know I don’t have to have it. Best thing I ever did and glad for it but it’s a hard hump to get over. I quit after 20 years (started at 15) I looked at my daughter and thought I want to walk her down the aisle. Best of luck to everyone battling I know it’s tough, but it’s a true test of your will power be stubborn be strong.

    • Hello brother you are going through tobacco withdrwal symtoms dont be scare its not life threatning but its feeling like more than die…i can understand your situation very well beacause i am going through the same situation …last 19th august i was quit dipping still i am in quiting process through hell experience… now question is that how to handle the tobacco cravings 1. Use the Nicotex Nicotine gum or kwiknic nicotine gum you buy it from any bigger chemist shoap..2.go to the homeopathy shoap and buy Go Tox medicine use it according to guide lines ..or i can help you more free of cost just whatsapp me 9711036742

      • Um…no, do NOT go use anything that has nicotine in it. Doing so, only prolongs the quit & side effects. You want to know what works? 3 words…Cold-Turkey-Hell.
        I’ve used the nicorrete gum and I ended up caving back to the can 6 months later.
        You want to quit and be successful? Just stop all forms of nicotine and endure the pure hell that’s called the nic-bitch. Get to the 100 day mark. I promise the hell you endure, will fuel your motivation beyond.
        I’d say use fake dips, seeds, exercise and drink a lot of water….but don’t stop one nicotine habit (dipping), to start another one (nicorrete gum, patches, vaping, etc…)
        I’ve been quit for over 3 years and cold turkey I’d the ONLY way.

  16. A small milestone. End of week 3 :). It’s been an up and down ride so far. Hope it gets better

    • It was 3 weeks for me on Saturday. It’s been a tough road and still have the cravings but the fake stuff is helping to keep them away. I know the habit is going to be hard to break but I’ll deal with that later

  17. It’s all in the head chewed since I was 12 quit for about a week now mostly deals with how you cope with not chewing will determine you craving or not

  18. Welp after this last can. Im done dipping started since i was 13/14 now im 22 and want to live longer.

  19. Someone please help ease my mind. I am on day 4 of quitting after about 2 years of chewing. I finally decided to quit altogether because I started feeling some weird tingling sensations in my neck. Now before this I was about 5-6 chews a day, and I had cut it down to 2-3 a day, about 3 days before. Now I work in a feed store which requires me to lift feedbags all day, which is what I’m assuming the tingling came from, because it felt more like a muscle thing than an actual cancer symptom. So fast forward to today, day 4 of being nicotine free. I have had restless nights, chest tightness, and a sore and tight threat. I have only had minor jaw soreness and gum soreness. I do however have some sores in the back of my throat. I have searched and searched and can not tell if these symptoms are totally normal, or if I have cancer. I can’t go to the doctor because my chewing has kind of been a secret, and I don’t want to tell my family. So for the time being, am I just inside my own head, and the anxiety is just getting to me, or do these sound like cancer symptoms?

    • 100% normal. Everything you’re experiencing has been experienced by thousands of quitters before you.

      • Thank you. It is 2:30 am, technically day 7 of quitting as I write this. My physical symptoms have gotten better, and now it’s just mind games. I still have some reddish-whiteish sores in the back of my throat, but they don’t hurt near as bad as they did. They have diminished a little bit since the first three days. The only other physical symptoms that I’m battling with is minor sore gums and minor throats tightness and soreness. Now the worst part about this is sleep. About every night now I will wake up with a cold sweat after a very intense dream, not necessarily about chew, but intense nonetheless. It wakes me up and I will be up for 30 min- an hour after the dream.

        I guess what I’m getting after is how long do these withdrawals usually last? Do I sound like I’m on track? I guess you could call me a hypochondriac lol. I usually get pretty anxious when it comes to my health, and I don’t know what is happening or what to expect.

  20. Day 17: Either I am too stupid or too brave. I went out with my buddies for drinks after work. This is the first drinking session with or without friends post quit. I came out unscathed. Did not smoke. See I was half a pack smoker and half a can dipper. My triggers are everywhere. Much more than a pure smoker or dipper. Somehow my cravings were not intolerable. Sure it was difficult but I was able to control. The only time I was worried was again the end of day fix that too after the all evening drinking session. I again survived today 🙂 . Anyhow enough rambling. Thanks for listening

  21. Day 16: Still going fine. Most of the day seems to go alright. 1-2 cravings though not very severe. Energy level is decent, almost near pre-quit levels, no fog, sleep is getting better though not normal yet.
    The only thing that worries me is that almost every night when I am about to close my day, I feel a bit empty and sad and miss those last couple of dips before sleeping. Most other cravings that come up during other time of day is pretty much manageable.

    • Totally normal to have those feelings Raja. I remember feeling the same way. It does fortunately go away like many of the symptoms, hang in there, you’re doing awesome!

  22. It’s been 19 days since I quit. This week has been rough with cravings and a dry mouth. I’m happy I found this because I was getting concerned when my mouth was feeling worse after quitting.

  23. Started chewin redman when i was 14 in baseball. 25 now and have been dippin ever since. Its been about a can a day the last few years. Probably “quit” 500 times but never really get past the 1st day. Currently on day 3 of quitting. On day 2 the transmission went out on my truck. Terrible timing lol but i got through it without a dip! Surprised myself to be honest. Im currently using the nicorette lozenges and they really seem to help. Its by no means a good ol dip but if its what i have to do to get through the first few weeks of hell then thats what im going to do

    • Shay, Good to see you stopped the Smokeless Tobacco, but you truly aren’t feeling the first weeks of “hell”, if you’re still using the nicorette lozenges. Your body is still getting that steady flow of nicotine (maybe less, but still, some is going in). You’re basically trading one nicotine habit for another. Gotta let Nicotine go completely if you want to be truly free. And as the article outlines above, it will be pure hell for a while.
      But truly worth the suffering. Take care,

  24. Douglas C Eldreth

    I’m on day 56 it’s been hard as heck but I’m going to beat the can

  25. I have dipped for 30 years. I had my last dip at 10AM this morning. It is now 2:30PM and I already feel the withdrawals coming on because I am edgy as hell and am having a hard time concentrating. I had considered bumping my quit date to Thursday. I realized that I had been promising that to myself the last 10-15 years. Each time I have broken that promise.

    THIS SHIT ENDS TODAY! Good luck to anyone and everyone that ever started this habbit,

  26. To everyone trying to quit, I wish my father would finally quit. He is now 65 & has been chewing for over 40 years. Skoal wintergreen. He knows better & has tried quitting many times. I think it’s how he handles stressful situations & anxiety. You can see it written all over his face when he needs to take a dip, & then the relief tobacco brings him. What a terrible & expensive & embarrassing addiction. It has caused sooo much stress in our family over the years. The ‘hidden’ drawer in his workshop full of 100s of cans, both empty & full. So sad. Good luck to everyone trying to break this nasty habit. You deserve a better life where tobacco does not control your brain! Do it for yourself & no one else. Imagine how amazing it is to be FREE!

  27. Day 10: Day started with a massive crave in the morning but that was the only crave. Looks like sleep quality is screwed up a bit in the last few days. Slept for 7 hours last night and woke up only once around 6 hr mark. But felt tired and groggy after waking up as if haven’t slept at all.. Not much energy after noon…..
    BTW, what is the diff between a crave and a wanting/longing?

  28. Day 8: Joining back to work yday was manageable as I feared the worst. However I had to work from home today and suffered one of the worst days in the quit so far after day 2. Today was brutal. Why does it keep playing all those nice memories of festivals when I used to dip or smoke? Is this way of brain begging us? Anyhow, I survived today and off to bed now.

  29. Day 6: Getting much better and only 3-4 cravings today though not that strong. Some occasional sadness is there.
    Tomorrow will be a new challenge as I am joining back work after a week’s break. Took off last week from work for quitting nicotine.

  30. Today is officially 3 years clean of Nicotine. And I do owe a big part of my success to this site and this particular thread as well as, the others that are/were here battling their addiction each day.
    My advice to the new quitters, stay the course, each day is a war, but it WILL get easier. Just take it one day at a time, they begin to add up quickly. Aim for a 100 days… celebrate that milestone, then look forward to the life NOT being addicted to nicotine. I never that thought I’d be able to do it after 30 years abusing it…but here I am 3 years clean today. You CAN do it if you want it.
    Congrats to all the new quitters here…. Raja, I see you, keep on keeping on!
    Take care and Stay Quit!
    Day 1095 Free

    • Congrats JP. You are an inspiration to all of us. I have seen your posts for a long time and thanks a lot for taking the mettle to help out the society

    • JayP… congrats on 3 years. It’s amazing to me how much u have helped so many people U don’t even know. Enjoy the milestone. Much respect

  31. Day 4: Almost towards end of day 4. 2nd half of day 3 till evening of day 4 was better (almost 24 hrs). Not much cravings till few mins back but weirdly getting hit by few cravings now.
    Mouth and throat are very sore. Mouth smells like a cesspool.

  32. Day 2: Feeling much better than day 1. Oh sure the cravings exist almost the whole day but the in between period of feeling normal is longer than day 2. No fog or fatigue so far and no headaches. In fact, I am not feeling any/ very less physical symptoms. Bad breath and bad taste in mouth for sure. Tummy feels bloated and no hungry. This was definitely not the case with my previous attempts – fog was worse along with fatigue. I don’t know what I am doing differently though. But one thing for sure, even though the physical symptoms are less, emotionally it is killing me. Begging to take that one hit ?.. Brain trying to put a movie ? as if in a screen rewinding all the good memories with the tobacco

    • Spoke too early for the day, I guess. It was around 6:30 PM when I wrote the previous message. A massive crave ( or waves of craves after craves I don’t know) hit me after that for the next 4 hours 🙁

    • 15 years of Copenhagen, day 17, used patch for 1 week, kept falling off shoulder at work with even duck tape, only using 2 mg nicotine tablet in lip, about to stop that. will power, brain is locked on decision, DONE!

  33. Day 1: whoever said an average of 3 cue induced craves had no idea. It is one whole day of craving and few mins of respite in between.

  34. DAY 0: 15 years of smoking + Dipping. Want to stop it for me.. no more endless cycles of cravings and ahh.. feeling a bit scared.

  35. What’s yalls main reason to quit in the first place?

    • Well I’m on day six of quitting cold turkey. The lack of sleep is the hardest part. Melatonined myself to sleep once. I can’t sleep that much without it. Haha I’m basically a ghost: left keys in the door when I come into the house, started making coffee in the kieureg without putting a cup underneath.

      Just want to be healthier, want to change…that, and the fact that it’s 10.50 a tin is too steep a price.

  36. Beginning day 2. This is absolutely awful. Irritated as hell. Really anxious. Headache. Really ready for this stage to be over with. Not to mention, the 3-4 hours of good sleep I got last night has made today really fun!

  37. Been quit since may 24. Using smokey mountain chew still but cravings are better and the physical symptoms are getting better. Hang in there guys you can do it if you have to break it down to minutes you can do anything for a minute.

  38. Douglas C Eldreth

    Day 28 for me been dipping 27 years thank the good load for his help and this site help good luck everyone it’s hard but well worth quitting

  39. this article is negatively biased please edit to motivate quitting.

    • Not sure I follow… this is 100% about quitting and is sharing real information about what to expect. What exactly would you like changed? We don’t sugar coat info here but I’m happy to modify something that’s incorrect.

  40. Hi i havent had a dip all day this isnt so bad just feel alittle cravings now and then dipped for 6 years after smoking for 30 + years ! Wishing everyone the best ….

  41. I have tried fucking everything. It’s almost impossible to quit. I’m out on the baseball field every single day. Whenever I don’t have a can, I just bum one off a teammate. I chew gum, seeds, coffee grinds, and all that shit. I just need more will power I guess. Any suggestions?

    • Have you tried any fake dip alternatives? No tobacco, no nicotine but still allows you to be dipping.


      Let me know what brand / flavor you use… happy to help point you in the right direction.

      • Been dipping for 5 years and don’t plan on ever stopping, screw you guys. I’m the master of my destiny, we are all going to die, I could be hit by a car and killed tomorrow or I could die from cancer in 20 years it doesn’t matter how you go, what matters is how you live, what you do, and most of all how you enjoy and use the short life we all have. Me, I prefer to go out with a dip in my lip, slightly buzzed while I’m hiking through the back country.

    • I started my quit 34 days ago after 16 years of dipping. Hang in there at day 3 I thought I would have a mental breakdown but it has gotten easier every day. I have uséd smokey mountain wintergreen went from 2 cans a day to 3/4 can of it. Good luck you can do it if I can anyone can.

    • Jason Halliburton

      Honestly, the only way i got myself to quit, its not right, but it works. Get drunk, off lots of different types of alcohol, very very drunk and chew the whole time. The goal is to feel like so much shit the next day hopefully couple days you wont wanna chew, it’ll give you a day or two head start. Worked for me.

    • Why are you quitting? If the reason is not bigger than the crave, the crave will win.

  42. 24 hours without chew after 30yrs!!!!! Now I know how drug addicts feel. Worst night of sleep ever!! Bring it’s on day 2:)

    • My son came to me when he was younger and said MOM I have been dipping for a while now and I thanked him for telling me but felt that I shouldn’t argue with him about dipping since he told me the truth. It’s been about 5 yrs now and last week he told me he had a big white patch in his mouth from dipping. That is the first sign of cancer from dipping so he decided to quit cause he wants to live. He has been quit for a week now and is doing great he says other than eating a lot. However, he works at Toyota Manufacturing and Isnt allowed to dip while working so that has helped. Stay away from the things or places that you always dipped at is the advice he is giving because that is a huge trigger. I am so proud of him for wanting to LIVE!!!

  43. Day 4 for me withdraws in full swing

  44. Been 3 days now…….my gums feel cleaner and smoother already lol…….teeth are whiter……..had a couple moments where i was pissed off and normally would throw a dip in but i didnt. Been using smokey mountain snuff (no nicotine no tobacco.) Very cool stuff and its helping.

  45. Hey guys –
    I’ve dipped 2 cans of Cope a day for about 15 years. My wife and I are expecting our first child (daughter) in a few months so I figured I’d quit now or likely not try any time soon. Tomorrow will be 2 weeks for me – most of the craving is gone but the oral fixation lives on strong – lots of seeds and fake stuff. Ive been pretty ridiculously irritable since I quit – anyone homage any idea that BS will last? My gums have become a little sore and my digestive system has no idea what’s going on, but I’ll Make it through. Also, is anyone else sweating like crazy when you sleep?

    Thanks for listening to the whining.

    • Sorry, meant to say idea not homage

      • This is actually funny, but my name is Jordan S, I also have a daughter on the way and I want to quit for her, but haven’t been able to just stop. I’d really like to know how that’s going for you. Really hope I can do this after 10 years.

  46. I am 2 months in and it wasn’t awful. Quit skoal cold turkey one day out of nowhere. I had a week or so with absolutely terrible anxiety (I actually thought I was losing my mind) but that passed. Herbal tea, plenty of water and exercise have helped. Haven’t had a craving until today, and boy is it a bad one. Chewing seeds helps, almost bed time so I’m almost past it.

    • Dude my anxiety has been awfullll. I went to the hospital because of a panic attack, which I’m assuming is from quitting dipping. Have never had anxiety before until now. It feels like I’m in a cloud and have this tingly feeling in my head. Hoping this passes..

  47. Been 8 days… sucks but chewing the shit outa some gums help…. anybody else have weird feelings in gum where you held your pinch?

  48. This is day 1. I’m only a few hours in and I’m dreading tomorrow. I’m always up for a challenge but this will be different from any other challenge I’ve ever faced.

    • It is one of the biggest challenges you will face Derek…also one of the most rewarding. Keep busy and stick to your plan to be free.

  49. I’ve dipped for 22 years. The only time I didn’t have a dip in my mouth was when I was eating or sleeping…It’s been 55-1/2 hours now with out one…….

    • I feel ya. I can say the same about my habit. I’m 11 days in. Get ready to ride the storm and embrace the suck! You can do it, Bud!

      • Holy crap!!!! I’m 9 days in and having the worst day ever!!! Was fine at work all day. Got home and started craving bad. Seems like the crave and anxiety have been nonstop for past 4 hours. This is living hell

  50. Hit a month a few days ago. I still crave but as the days go on, it’s been getting easier. I’m feeling good. Even my friends that dip are telling me to stay from it. I’m excited to see what happens in the future. To anyone trying to quit, stick to it. It’s a mental thing. The cravings won’t last forever.

    • Ya I was using the patch for a day I think it’s worse now it’s been couple hours without patch my withdrawals come and go and I been chewing cope for 30 years sucks but it’s so bad for u it really started to give me alot of problems health wise I’m done srew the withdrawals they will go away and will save alot of money and feel better

      • I am 19 have been dipping since I was 8 I get 3 to r food out of a whole can then it’s gone I dip 5 cans a day very 6 to 7 months I get canker sores but now 3 teeth have like brown wood looking look towards bottom him also every morning
        I wake up and pull a huge 2 to 3 xi get a full of skin out I have heart burn it suck I’m young yeah but I have anxiety I had a stroke I’m on lexapro I have a brain. Tumor and I have to stop but I can’t dryer capes dryer him sunflower seeds someone please fucking help me I have a baby y o. The way I need suggestion s

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