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. Ever wonder what level qualifies as addiction? A lot of my friends smoked in college– some still do.. I tried to join in but it wasn’t for me as I liked to jog and ride bicycles. I could never stand having my lungs feel crappy the next morning… I started dipping instead.. at no point have I ever go through a can of the stuff in more than 2 months time… it goes bad before I can finish a can. 20 years later, I have kids of my own now… I still dip maybe once, maybe twice in an entire month… there have been times that I have forgot and not had a dip in months! I have known many people that were always having to have a dip–multiple times in a single day… Never understood why… I even worked with a guy who chewed redman and filled a 8oz cup of waste every single day… How can it be enjoyable if you are doing it ALL the time? I would encourage anyone to simply use some moderation if you are needing this all the time. No use of this will ever be 100% safe, but one per weekend would help immensely to cut down your risk of problems. no cheating! draw a line and follow your plan. Its not safe, but it IS safer than smoking. You should not be doing this on a daily basis or while you are at work– treat it as a commodity and an occasional indulgence. my 2 cents and I’m sure I have change coming.

    • In smoking parlance, you are called a “Chipper”. Some are genetically blessed in the sense they probably need way less smoke or dip. Others how much ever they try,, the level of nicotine needed goes constantly up.

      The way addiction works is a complex science. Put it simply, a) how much nicotine is needed to saturate your nicotinic acetylcholine recepetors b) how long the receptors are densisitized and c) how much dopamine it triggers with the same level of nicotine.

  2. I’ve been dipping since I was 14 and I’m on my last can of grizzled before I quit… honestly I love dipping and enjoy it and its gonna be really tough for me to go hunting or fishing or just driving without one

  3. Well its been 14 days since my last dip and I swear the craving is worse now then it was the first 2 days. I started this process about 2 months ago cutting back. It still did not make it any easier, I actually stopped smoking 25 years ago, and didn’t start with chew until 8 years ago. I think it is harder giving this up then it was smoking. I am not giving up, but it is a struggle, never thought I was that addicted to it.

  4. Im almost a month in and i still have strong cravings everyday. I feel like the cravings are getting harder now because i have been such a asshole to everyone that i feel like i need a dip just to be the nice old me. It sucks and its hard but the cravings are my only battle.

    • Hey stranger. I quit about a month ago and told my wife I needed a new obsession. I started running and working out, but most importantly I started chewing gum. The first few days I was putting a paper towel with a drop or two of peppermint extract in my lip. It was working for me, but honestly I feel it is impossible to quit if I replace one thing in my lip to another. I realized if the habit were to be broken I would need to get my mind off the sensation in my gums. I started with cinnamon gum for the heat, and now I’ll chew anything. I tried smoky mountain and jakes, but again I wanted to break the habit of putting something in my lip. This was incredibly difficult, and still is today. I will be an obnoxious gum chewer going forward. It may be annoying, but it sure beats cope, and cancer. Hang in there

  5. Brian Isherwood

    I’m 54 years old and have been dipping on and off (mostly on) since college. I have quit cold turkey in the past and it was 9 days of hell and then i felt great and felt i was over it. Then i thought i could get away with buying a tin and having one enjoyable dip and throwing the rest away. Once a week, then every couple days, etc….hooked again. Skoal long cut wintergreen has been my thing. It was $1.03 per tin when i started. Now i quit about 3 weeks ago but this time i used nicotine gum and it really helps a lot, but now i feel like im hooked on the gum. But that’s ok, I’ll slowly reduce the gum and it’ll be fine. Im already cutting the gum into 4 pieces and using 1/4 piece every 2-4 hours. The worst is the racing heart and palpitations, but as soon as i chew the gum for a minute they stop. I’m 100% committed to quitting this time and i know i can never ever have even one dip again, so i know I’m done with this shit now. God knows I will miss it, but that’s ok….DONE WITH THIS SHIT is my mantra.

    • that is EXACTLY what happened to me… off and on…dip and toss the stuff…. forget it. hooked again…. im done for good this time… thats it.
      Day 1 …I feel miserable!

  6. Day 1 for me without ANY nicotine at all. It’s been a little over 12 hours since my last nicotine. All day yesterday I limited myself to a 50/50 mix of Copenhagen and Smokey Mountain fake dip.

    I woke up at 6:30am today and man, I wanted a dip … bad! I usually put one in right away when I wake up. Not today.

    I am in such a fog — it almost feels like this isn’t even real life. I am slow. I am confused. I am on edge. I am anxious. This feels like a dream.

    Man, this REALLY sucks. I’ve been chewing at LEAST one can a day of Copenhagen for 15 years.

    I need to get off of this crap. What a mind trip this is. The nic-devil is a beast.

    • The fog will end and it does suck. I keep reminding myself how bad it sucks and how I never want to do this again. Keep fighting and keep quit. Dean.ER day 36.

    • Ryan6769@gmail.com

      Day 4 now, half way through it. Still am not sleeping well — up every couple hours at least. In a major fog still. Hard to get ANYTHING done. Anxiety is steadily just ‘there’.

      Can’t believe I haven’t had a dip since Sunday night (Thursday afternoon now). Wowwww!

  7. Well been dipping for about 10-12 years now and it’s time to quit. I first started dipping as a way to quit smoking. So I quit smoking and dipped for about a year and then they overlapped I started smoking again while dipping then just smoking again. So again I went back to dipping to quit smoking and finally kicked it. Only to find out that quitting the snuff was alot harder. I’ve talked about quitting so many times before and I knew it wouldn’t happen, but the thought was nice. Yesterday evening I went home from work and didn’t stop to buy another can on the way home. It has been a little less than 24 hours and it is literally the only thing I can think about which is what brought me to this site. It’s hell guys like they said, but once it’s in your mind that you are going to quit you can do it

    • Agree…probably the hardest thing I did was quit…going on 4 years clean. I’m not sure the thoughts of dipping ever leave. But the days get easier for sure. I still have fake dips around…in the event I “want” one. I highly recommend finding a fake one that will “do”. Honestly, none of them are nothing like what you abused, but will help that oral fix. I started off with Smokey Mountain, then ventured into many of the others out here, looking for one that would “do”. Start there, get yourself busy, with exercise, running, lifting, meditation..to keep the mind away. An idle mind is your worst enemy at the beginning. I also used gum and sunflower seeds like crazy…. ANYTHING but the junk. Drink lots of water too…get that Nicotine out! And prepare for mind fog and possibly anxiety…again exercise helps a lot! If you need to see a doctor, let them know what you’re up to..they can prescribe you something to knock off the edge. Finally, use this site! I cannot stress that enough. Make a few friends out here…they (me), we…are all fighting addiction. I wish I had registered and joined my quit date group…but met a few great folks right on this thread and we helped each other get to that 100 day mark. Good luck and dig deep…there is a wonderful life without dip…believe me. If I can quit after almost 30 years…you can too!
      -JP

      • I feel like I’m going insaine. Jaws always clenched. Shoulders are always tight and up around my ears. I literally have to tell myself to breathe and relax my shoulders. This is truly the worst idea I’ve ever had. Don’t think I’m gonna make it.

        • You ARE going to make it. You’re making it.

          Jump in live chat – http://chat.killthecan.org – talk to someone who know what you’re going through.

          Get on our forums – http://forum.killthecan.org – there are more than 31,000 members there that “get it”. It’s the best place going to get support and questions answered. YOU CAN DO THIS and you’re NOT alone!

        • It definitely isn’t easy Paul, but you CAN do it. Everyone who has quit, has been thru this…and you’ll appreciate your quit that much more after you get through this temporary pain. Stay the course, take all that pent up frustration and anger to the gym, out for run…to a heavy bag!
          As Chewie states, get into a group out here, there is a lot of support here…use it!
          Keep at it!!
          -JP

      • I am 17 years old and I’ve tried coffee pouches and gum and they make me want to put a pinch in so I’m About to try this I keep getting grounded for the same shit and it’s just not worth it I’m excelling in sports and I can’t let this ruin my athletic future so I am 100 percent going to give this 100 day thing a shot wish me luck 4 and a half years of chewing was just not worth it.

      • I hope my first day I been chewed 29 years

      • Day 10 no chew after 25 years this is horrible ….

  8. Going to give this a shot. Been chewing for about 6 years, 1/2 can a day. Need to do this for myself first and then my kids second. There’s a large section of my family that is predominate for extrinsic cancers and I’m not going to put myself or my kids threw what my grandparents put me threw.
    Now that I found this site I have an idea what to expect. Seems like it’s hell but I’ve made it through worse. Best of luck everyone.

    • Just took my last pinch of Grizz Straight. I’ve been chewing for over 15 years and this is about to blow!! Good luck to everyone on the dip quit journey..

  9. I’m was going to stop for my new year’s resolution but it’s really hard. It will probably be the most difficult thing I will ever have to do but I’m gonna have to stop if I want a future so I’m gonna quit so I don’t get cancer and ruin my life. I have smoke for 3 years then started chewing for 3 years but also smoked here and there so now the sides of my tongue is getting itchy so im gonna stop and it looks like little tiny blisters but no pain so im stopping now I hope I can get through this.

  10. Glad I found this site. I quit smokeless tobacco a year ago after chewing nicotine gum and joining universal church. When bishop bira prayed for me, that was better for me than the gum because it causes seizures. So, I started encouraging myself, with God’s word, greater than he that is in me and I am more than a conqueror.

  11. I quit nicotine 20 years ago this May. It was the hardest thing I ever did in my life! I think the nicotine industry should be sued what they do to people. But I guess we all have “choices” what we do with our bodies. The thing I did was I used my mind. Instead of saying I was losing something (the nicotine and the good feeling It gave me) I said I was GIVING MY SELF SOMETHING LIKE GOOD HEALTH FOR MY BODY! I would put jerky on my desk and know that is what my lungs must be looking like if I kept up the addiction. My son is 42 and on day 2 of no chew. I am praying for him. I hope you all make it too. thank you for this web site. It did not sugar coat anything. Much appreciated to find it.

  12. 31 here. Started dipping at about 14 while smoking as well. Would often smoke with a dip in. I quit smoking at 25, pack a day smoker because I just didn’t enjoy it anymore. And I could feel it in my ears, like allergies or something. Also had noticed the quality of tobacco had declined and was more expensive. At the same time, I started dipping again, bought a “mudjug” and everything. Grizzly Wintergreen (for that stronger feeling) then back to Cope/Skoal Straight & Wintergreen, which is what I started on. I *LOVE* to dip.. Well, used to. I just feel like it’s time to stop. My wife quit smoking after I nagged her about smelling like smoke constantly (she would still smoke outside)… Lol I’m such a hypocrite. And she did not want to, so she didn’t, but eventually she did on her own. TIP: YOU HAVE TO WANT TO QUIT. IF YOU DO NOT REALLY WANT TO QUIT, YOU WON’T. I learned this when I quit drinking alcohol at 22. I thought I loved it too. I *hate* being drunk.

    So, short story long.. A single can will last me about 3 or 4 days. But still, I have a dip in every waking hour. I want to quit because I am always so paranoid about gum disease and the backs of my teeth are tar-stained badly. Recently I noticed my bottom right k9 tooth’s gum receded dramatically almost overnight. I think it is healing and of course I don’t dip on that side now, but this is just ridiculous. I can’t even continue to justify dipping to myself. Like someone else said, don’t know why I do, don’t know why I don’t. I don’t get any buzz of course, I dip through pain…I wish more would talk about how they dip even though it hurts or gums get irritated and teeth become sensitive because this is to stare addiction right in the face. I’m thinking “this is insane” now.

    I have 2 open cans. One skoal wintergreen, one Copenhagen straight. One unopened Copenhagen straight. The wintergreen always makes my teeth more sensitive than the straight and since the gum receding incident (been about 2 wks now since I first saw it), I went back to adding Straight to the mix. Just so you can see the mind of an addict, I give all this info.

    Since my wife quit smoking (approx 6 months), I have said several times I need to quit now though she doesn’t pressure me or give me crap about it. She doesn’t mind at all what I do. And I even decided not to buy it a couple times until I freaked out a little because I was low on it, then caved in. But I wasn’t ready. I’m ready to quit now. I want to quit. I am going to quit. Of course I’m not going to throw my dip in the trash. But I might. I’m sort of irritated I have an unopened can left. I just want to be done now, but I’m going to relax and not take the candy from the baby.

    So I’m posting this, though I won’t return, just to admit it and say it to strangers. The accountability aspect. If I say it, I have to keep my word to myself, but honestly this is the first time I’ve wanted to quit so I’m confident I can with no problems. I already have anxiety problems and take klonopin and think that the dipping is actually contributing to my anxiety at this point, as an effect, but also just having something to worry about.

    If there are women out there, be prepared that quitting nicotine may very well throw off your cycle and do not freak out and think you have cancer. It took my wife 4 months to get her period. We were both scared she was pregnant. There was momentary weight gain and everything, which did go away. So nicotine DOES affect your hormones, regardless of gender, be forewarned that this may explain the need to give it 100 days and the various psychological upsets and discomforts encountered. Do not worry and remember it’s only temporary. You may turn into a werewolf (or a Timberwolf or Grizzly heh), but your human form will return.

    But since the pregnancy “scare,” it was only scary because it wasn’t planned and since then we actually realized we would like to have a baby, but just wanted it to be a conscious decision, not an accident. So, hopefully, this quitting dipping is a good start to being a father and a stronger man. Pray for my success if you believe in God (I do) and please pray that we are able to conceive a child now that we know we want that sometime in the near future. And many blessings to all of you too. Don’t worry about your health, you guys. I totally get it. But those types of thoughts are exactly what led us to needing our crutch so bad in the first place. Don’t let it be a vicious cycle.

    Much love to you and your families,
    A Stranger

    • Just curious did you quit and join may group stranger. How you speak of chewing something tells me your not quitting.

      • Listen, I don’t need your “accountability ” bs coercion. And others would benefit more if you didn’t taunt them about quitting . Either you’re too fogged out by 12-step cultisms or English isn’t your first language because I said clearly in my post that you have to WANT to quit. You pressuring people to quit just makes you sound miserable without it and like you did not quit because you wanted to and are strong but because you felt you had to. That is not a good reason to quit because now you are spending your life in comment sections taunting and projecting onto people to be like yourself .

        FYI to update: I did not intend to come back here but I wanted to inform everyone that I have had not ONE SINGLE SYMPTOM of withdrawal written on the other page here. I DO NOT BELIEVE ANYBODY WHO QUIT WROTE THST. AND IF THEY DID ,they are blaming all of their problems on one thing.

        I quit after my last full can of Copenhagen straight, written about in the story above, quit date is Feb 8 so it has been one week and a day. The withdrawal symptoms that I have are the habit of reaching for the can and it’s not there and heart palpitations . I have less anxiety than I did before and so it might make u nervous to quit, like heart palpitations , but overall you are less nervous so it won’t scare you as much. Also sex drive is increased due to less blood restrictions.

        Anyway, wow, so rude. I got sober off alcohol . I know how to quit doing something and I’m familiar with your 12-step accountability strategy to bully others into quitting to meet your own desires . They come because they are interested . U don’t need to sell it or call people liars or suggest they aren’t being honest. I say the people exaggerating their symptoms are not being honest and are making excuses to use again . Well that is weak and not strong . But some people like to have something to cry about . Or something that makes them seem unique or interesting. I guess for some perpetually struggling to quit something makes them seem interesting.

        • Another very important withdrawal symptom I’m having that I forgot to mention is blurry vision . It’s like needing glasses but I don’t wear glasses. There is speculation online that nicotine sometimes “masks” hidden health problems. This would be complete bs or else you’re saying using nicotine is basically giving you a super power. So just a warning about that . All you can find is people quitting smoking.. .So I think it’s important to document this as a nicotine withdrawal symptom. The vision is bad at a distance and off and on. It’s not constant .Also, doing weird movements with my jaw.. . Odd stress movements, clenching my muscles in various places and holding but I’m also familiar w this from anxiety and panic attacks. So it’s similar to that. Not worse and somewhat better actually bc I know once this passes ,my anxiety will be a LOT better and that’s already been a huge motivation . I also will see a dentist this summer to get a cleaning and finally have no traces of it. I’m glad to be done, you guys . So if you’re thinking of quitting ,let it be a happy thing and not a bad thing bc you are doing something nice for yourself. And thank you for doing that and having high standards for yourself . Just be nice to yourself and others. Clearly support is more helpful than threats.

  13. Been chewing for 7 years off and on smoked too. Last couple years I’ve mainly been chewing when drinking. Finally quit completely mid December and I’ve felt like I have cancer ever since I did, first couple weeks I had some sores that went away after about a week. Now the same ones are back about 3 weeks later. Now I’m thinking fuck I definitely have cancer. I can barely sleep half the time cause I’m freaking out. I’m constantly looking at my gums in the mirror. I just hope this shit goes away. Doesn’t help I get online and look at cancer symptoms.

    • I’m working on three weeks after my first post after three days. I have a lot of anxiety. That’s the worst part. I’m looking forward to whatever is coming next.

      • I’m on a month and three days and it’s still pure hell. I’ve put on quite a belly in such a short time. Seven pound belly. And I sure don’t like it.

        • Weight gain is a temporary side effect. Stay the course…a month and 3 days is awesome. I gained 20 at the beginning of my quit. I buckled down, once I got a handle on the quote…post 100 days, and lost the weight. I’m at my normal weight now, almost 4 years clean now. You can do it too! All temporary setbacks Bill, keep at it.
          -JP

    • I’ve been experiencing the same stuff Garret! Def doesn’t help when I go on “googling tirades” and look at hundreds of pictures of cancer and read every bad story I can find! Are you finding any relief yet and have you been to the dentist?

  14. Glad I found this site. I quit 3 days ago because I got sick from strep throat/flu.

    With all the aches, minor fever, and coughing I figured I wouldn’t notice the withdrawal.

    So far, so good.

    Today I mustered enough courage to examine my lower teeth and I’m very very afraid. of cancer. of the dentist. of going back to dipping again

    Wish me luck! This won’t be easy but only I can do it.

    • I am on day 3 also.. I quit after 22 years of dipping rooster snuff because my teeth shifted.. I love my appearance and I hate that I allowed snuff to ruin my oral.. well i started dipping because my mother was a dipper.. I use to sneak it from her and now at 31 i regret it.. I’m excited for life after dipping and i’m going to push through this pain so i can feel free..I will make an appointment with the dentist to get my teeth back up to par…The anxiety is pure hell but its a battle i’m willing to fight!

    • Keep it up man, I did the same late December early January, and haven’t had a pinch yet. We can all do this

  15. My name is Chuck and I am on day 21 of no chew after chewing a can a day for 18 years. It’s been hell. I have bad anxiety. I obsess over having cancer which is weird because I never worried about when I chewed. My stomach is a mess, bowel movements are out of wack. I go days without crapping when I used to crap twice a day. My sides hurt, my muscles hurt. I go to bed early and wake up at the crack of dawn. I don’t sleep well, I go through periods of not wanting to eat, and other times I can’t stop eating. Headaches, irritable, pissed, sad, foggy, chest pain. I even had a stress test done which came back fine. I mean I feel like I am dying here. I hope this is normal and goes away. I have been praying ALOT. I have been drinking nothing but water which is another issue. I also quit drinking Mountain Dew after I have been drinking it for 20 years and I drank 13 a day so throw caffeine withdraws on top of things.

    • Hey Chuck,
      You are experiencing the FOG of nicotine withdraw. Everything you outlined above is all normal symptoms of the quit. 18 years is a long time. I chewed heavy for 20-25, but dam near 30 myself. I dealt with all of this. The good thing, it does pass…I promise. You just have to continue down that brutal path that feels there is no end to. There is an end and a “normal” life without nicotine. It just takes some time for the body/brain/spirit to rewire itself, without the aid of nicotine.
      Dig deep, and weather the storm. 3 weeks is awesome! You will soon be getting some relief, I’d say the 5th week. These symptoms do come back, or they did on me, around the 80-90 day mark. But then they short lived and were gone for good.
      The good thing about your current struggles is you will appreciate your quit that much more once you get thru them and it will also reinforce your quit…meaning you’ll never want to go back to that shit after you get through this hell stage….I know I won’t!
      Good luck, be strong and stay quit!
      -JP

    • On day 21 as well! It hasn’t been easy, every day is a battle but don’t give in. If i can quit anybody can.. chew was life lol

    • Chuck, you sound like me and i can add to that list a little too lol Like you i have been to the hospital. i am on 62 days. The week leading up to yesterday i felt like myself again, then last night and today its hit me, weak feelings, anxiety, foggy, shaky. It just seems less potent. Easier to battle through at this point. I also quit caffeine cold turkey. Its frustrating to think i was through the battle jsut to get hit again. I am here to tell you though its gets easier. Im still healing and so are you.

    • EXACT SAME THING Chuck! From the emotions, stress test, and prayers. I’m right there with you. One week tobacco free today. Want to be around as long as I can for my wife and kids. Good luck man, praying for you aa well.

  16. I’m on day 3 of quitting. Honestly don’t know how long I’ve used this Scoal, but it’s been a long time. I’m 72 now and think it’s really time to quit. I’ve smoked for many years and then used chew to quit — what a mistake. Have quit several times on the chew, but it always comes back to get me. But this time I say “No,” I’m taking control with the help of Jesus. I’ll keep you posted.

  17. I want to quit dipping as my New Years resolution. I have chewed for three years straight i go through about two cans a week of peach Slovak long cut. I started after a bad breakup and haven’t been able to kick the habit. I decided I wanted to quit once my gums receded (do they ever go back to normal?) I have also noticed jaw pain as well as my jaw feels different on the side I use dip on is this normal should I be concerned? I am so worried about oral cancer/ jaw cancer I think it’s time to quit for good….

    • day 1 Jesus is my release”

    • I am in the same boat as you. I have been chewing for about 3 years a tin every 2 to 3 days. I quit once for about 6 months. Went golfing and through a pinch in and started back up. I have not chewed in 2 days. Going to quit for good! Good luck man

      • I’ve been dipping since 2011 and I’m on day 5.. with the flu haha!!! It’s getting easier but I dipped about 2 cans a day. Especially since I’ve been working 2 jobs. I’m coughing up blood and it’s probably from the flu but it hasn’t been easy. I think feeling healthier day by day has me enjoying the quit In a weird way. Good luck!!

    • Your gums will continue to recede until you stop and practice good oral hygiene. If you want your gums to go back to where they once were, you will have to go to an oral surgeon. The pain is normal and will go away after a while. It’s just withdrawal symptoms.

    • Caitlyn, I’m three weeks clean after 32 years of dipping. I’ve lied about my addiction, and I’ve hidden the truth about this part of my life for 28 years (how long I’ve been married), I stopped because I felt a lump under my tongue and between my jaw and the fleshy part of my lower pallet, and I saw some changes to the area under my tongue and had pain where I kept the dip. I am petrified of oral cancer, but I didn’t let it stop me until symptoms began to manifest. I am still scared of going to the doctor even though I know that the earlier they catch cancer the better chance of survival. All that said, please do more than just think it’s time to quit; know it is time and do it.

  18. Thinking about quitting I can’t afford it but I don’t think I can do it

  19. I did not go through any mouth / gum pain. If the pain persists more than 2 days contact a dentist. They can do a visual/ oral screen just to make sure you are good. Hope it goes well for you good luck!

  20. I quit 3 weeks ago after dipping for a year. I had a lot of problems sleeping after the first 2-3 days and didn’t sleep at all for 3 days straight at one point. I have been very restless and anxious, and feeling quite unhappy most of the time. It seems like my usual worries have grown and I can’t seem to get them out of my head. Had a lot of trouble concentrating too. I never thought I was addicted at all as I only dipped once a day, in the evening just to relax after the day, and there were days I didn’t dip at all. Has anyone experienced mood changes like this when quitting?

  21. Been dipping for 27 years..2 cans a day…quit before for months..however i think i have it beat and see a friend put one in and think i can have just one….well like any other addiction im right back to 2 cans a day..fuckin idiot, i had it…one some meds this time..hang in…

  22. My boyfriend is on day 8 of his quit after chewing a can a day for 10-11 years. His worst symptom is unbearable jaw pain on the side he dipped on. Any idea how long it will last and if it’s just the normal healing process? I’m afraid the pain is so great he will succumb to dipping again to relieve it

    • Sounds like he is having very bad physical withdrawl symptoms. I have been through it but mine was anxiety and chest pains and back pains. He needs to try and fight through it. It could last weeks. i had to take xnax for about a month to help me. There is no shame in that. Its better than dipping.

  23. Michael….I’m a 2-year quitter and have been there, done that. I had some goofy stuff going on with my tongue as well and wasn’t sure if it was the result of a coffee burn or not. Nevertheless, it scared the hell out of me and caused a 30-year habit to come to an abrupt halt. In retrospect, best thing that ever happened to me. First week is hell, but battle through it and you’ll feel much better and nicotine free. You’re on the right path and experiencing typical withdrawal symptoms. Stay the course and trust me….you’ll really be thankful you did. My best to you!

  24. Just quit. Found a large white spot on the side of my tongue. No pain just ugly. Kinda freaking out. Been chewing for so many years I lost track. I’m on day 2 and all I can think about is that spot on my tongue. Fog is bad, slept like shit. Chin hurts a little. Been drinking a shit ton of water. Hoping the huge white patch ain’t serious and I come out on the good end of this.

  25. I have dipped for about last 10 years. But I quitted it using cold turkey 8 months ago. Since then I don’t take nicotine in my mouth. It seems hard but I managed. So guys you can also quit it for your better health.

  26. Jim B.
    I’ve been a dipper for 37 years. I quit for 6 months about 3 years ago. Went back to dipping. Last summer I quit for 3 months. Now I’ve been off the dip for 10 days. Yes the 3rd day was bad but I’ve been using Jakes mint chew. It’s tobacco free nicotine free. It comes in different flavors & pouches too. Since I’ve been using this it has really helped & I know I will beat this & win. I got my Jakes mint chew at Rural King. I’m sure you can get it at other places or online.

    • Jim B–best of luck to you man. I’ve been off and on for at least 20 plus years (I was actually dip free for 5 years).

      Dipped from 1995-2005; however, since 2011, I’ve started and stopped multiple times, but it’s been tough to stay away for good, and the psychological addiction always seems to catch up with me.

      It’s been 72 hours since I’ve had a pinch–wish me luck this time.

    • Been dipping for 6 years now and im 20. Past 3 years i’ve been going about a can every two days. This years gotten a lot worse at school, run around 1 can a day sometimes. Not sure how im going to quit but im thinking about it. Home for T-Break and I can’t buy chew here in Jersey because of damn CC, age is now 21. Anyways, I’ve been chewless for 1 day and im going ballistic…couldnt be more pissed off. Advice….

  27. Just found this site. Wow, people in my same situation! I have been chewing Kodiac and grizzly since college. Close to 25 years. I have quit many time (a couple times for over a year) but also seem to “fail” by having either a chew from a buddy or smoking a cigar. Needless to say, after on chew…I am right back at it. I

    I am now feeling very confident with my current quit…haven’t had a chew since Labor Day. Did Chantix for 30 days and 30 days after I “quit”. I am still going strong. Don’t get me wrong…I still have desires but it’s not running my life.

    Can’t wait until I don’t have anymore craving ever! Stay strong everyonenn

  28. Dipping on and off for the last 20 years or more.. I am 43. I now reside in Spain, so it is VERY difficult to find here. Its actually banned in the EU most of it anyway. I am an extreme chewer to say the least. I go through 1-2 tins a day. Have a problem, throw in a chew, bored, throw in a chew, yard work, throw in a chew you guys get it! Now I have to order it and it takes forever to get here. By the time it does I am already through withdrawal – but start all over again, run out – order online – withdrawn, repeat. Now on my 5th re-order (too late already ordered) – and on my last re-chew until Monday when the order comes in. I am almost giving up and saying what the hell – cancer come get me… what a horrible horrible way to live. This is my first post, although i have read many of you’re stories… Not sure what or how to finally do this…

    • To start with stop ordering it. You can not have that crap in your house it’ll make you cave. Make a choice join Ktc and make it happen I started when I was 13 quit at 36 I’m 295 days quit now and you can do it if you want it.

  29. I am from India and have quit chewing Rajnigandha cold turkey on Sept 222nd this year (used to chew it without tobacco most of the time). Just after a week, I got scratchy throat (no pain like sore throat) and after another week, I started feeling my hard palate have tingling/burning sensation (behind upper front teeth) and acidic/rubbery taste in mouth. when I touch my hard palate with my tongue, it feels like sand paper/rough.

    Morning I feel okay, but as the day progresses, It becomes more painful. It has impacted my work and personal life. whenever I talk, the tongue touches the hard palate I get the irritation feeling.

    I went and saw many doctors (Dentist/ENT) but they can not see anything wrong with the palate or mouth. with in this 1 and half months, i got diagnosed with GERD, Hey fever, allergy and what not. I am not sure, if what I am feeling is withdrawal symptoms. Because of all these, i think I have got health anxiety and and when I am too worried, I get very mild tingling sensation in my hand and legs.

    Do you guys think these are withdrawal symptoms and mouth is going through changes? Folks from India who have chewed similar stuff had similar symptoms? Please let me know when can I expect these symptoms to go away?

  30. I failed once approx 6 months ago because I am using. Nicotine gum…
    But this time I passed 1 week . I only take little bit cumin seeds as a mouth fresheners two times a day…
    The most powerful tool is that you should remind your self that you have a strong will power and this time u will be winner.
    2nd thing your mobile wallpaper desktop./laptop wallpaper every where there should be a motive or encouraging picture… Tie some thing on your wrist so that will remind you that it’s enough not again..
    One most important thing PLEASE DONT START ONTHER THING LIKE SMOKE OR DRING. IT AFFECTS YOUR WILL POWER AND YOU CANT STOP.

  31. I am attempting to quit again. Quit for 4 yrs with no issues trying to quit. About 2 wks ago tried to quit and my wife informed me that people in the looney bin act like I do. So I did 3 days without. Stared back up with smaller and less dips in the day. I may need help

  32. I’m on DAY 1…Have stopped before, but never stay stopped. Good luck to all in my same boat

    • I’m on day 4 ? Guys I’m 47 have been a loyal Copenhagen user since age 15. So I’m telling anyone and everyone, if I can do this you can do this!! I went through a can every 2 days and hardly ever spit. I’m not sure how I don’t have cancer but I’m thankful I don’t. I have also been praying for mental strength and stability during this process. Good luck to everyone!

      • Greg, I am also in my 40’s and chewed since 15, same amount as you. I am on day 2 and have been experiencing pain and discomfort under the left side of my jaw, where I predominantly chewed. Have you experienced the similar?

    • your going to do it this time brother. It’s been 9 months for me. I’m enjoying not getting heartburn anymore. Stay with it brother do it for ur health

  33. After reading these post and watching some videos, I’ve decided to give it a try. I just went to 7/11 and bought two cans, and I just emptied those cans in the trash can. I have seeds available, so let’s do this!

    • Keep battling, I dipped for 45 years well since I was 10 I have quit cold turkey I’m into the 40’s count and life is good. I have been using life savers When I first quit it was going through A big bag a week Now I have been on the same bag for 11 days and counting I am not even half way through it

    • Git after it, Rob. Ice Cold Ass Turkey. No other way. Joining a group will get you through. Good luck and be quit.

  34. I’ve dipped since I’ve been sixteen I finally decided to give it up. I bought niccorette gum to help the craving it helps but I have to ask I’m on day four no chew I can’t afford a doctor right now so here are my symptoms minor sore throat and it looks like I have some small white spots on the side of my tongue is this normal? Btw I’m 36.

  35. So I have been dipping, For about 15 years. 2 cans a day for the past 10 years. I also smoked for 7 years while I dipped as well. I quit smoking cold turkey on March 2 2012, I haven’t smoked since. I quit dipping cold turkey on Oct 27 2017. I have to say I am not really having any problems I will keep updating and letting you know how I feel

  36. I’m currently trying to quit chewing. I’ve been chewing for 8 years and this will be the second time quitting. The first time was pretty easy. This was two years ago. Now that I know the withdrawal symptoms I’m freaking out. I bought a vape to help with the nicotine but I’m not using it much. I also bought coffee pouches to help. I’m scared of letting go of that last dip this was day four of only 3 dips or less. I can’t seem to sleep cause I want a dip. My gums hurt which I don’t understand and I found a white spot on gums but it came off easily so I don’t know what to think. Help guys I feel that I’m going to fail

    • Only advice I can give Chelsy is to DROP the Vape and chew. You’re gonna go thru hell, but it’s the only way to get detached from the junk. It’s not easy, if it were, then we’d all just take a pinch here and there and quit whenever we felt like it. It’s not that easy…and using the Vape is only substituting one habit for another. Just say goodbye to nicotine and hello to life that isn’t dependent on it. This comes from a 30 year user who is going on 4 years clean. There is no other way than absence from nicotine. You got to put on your big boy pants and hunker down. Aim for a 100 days free. If you must have a dip, be sure it’s a nicotine free version. I am a fan of using the fake dip, sunflower seeds and gum. No. More. Nicotine.
      If you’re a believer, a little prayer works. Get out and start exercising (I ran and lifted weights, still do)….drink lots of water….most importantly, stay focused on why you’re quitting…hopefully it’s for yourself.
      Good Luck!
      -JP

      • I agree with dropping the vape, as well. I bought one a few years ago to try and wean myself off the nicotine, but all I ended up doing was dipping less frequently, vaping more, and then getting a bigger buzz from the dip as I lowered my nicotine levels with the vape.
        A few months ago, I ran out of the vape juice stuff, and I put it away somewhere, and honestly can’t remember what I did with it. Who knows. I haven’t missed it. I started only dipping again, probably about three-quarters-of-a-can per day, which was a little less than before. However, 5 days ago, I ran out of cans the same day that I had to have my car towed to a shop for a diagnosis, only to learn it needed about a $1600 fix… so it was going to be a few days for me before I got my car back. Now here I am, 5 days later, going to pick up my car later on today. I have borrowed a car the last few days, but I guess I just took it as a sign… I ran out on the same day that I wasn’t going to be able to go out and buy more. 5 days later, I have the leg jitters every once and a while, a head fogginess right before bed, but I really think I can do it this time. I’m not craving anything, not having the need or want for oral fixation. Been drinking lots of water lately, eating a little healthier, I think i’m gonna try to lose some weight while I’m at it. I know I can.
        Best of luck to you. You can do it too.

  37. Day 1 here and try number 3. Really hoping this will be the time I quit. My mind us going bat shit nuts right nke

  38. 18 hours nicotine free. I’ve dipped the last 7 years, two cans a day for the last 4. Grizzly Wintergreen Longcut. Went and got some patches yesterday. They say it’s for smokers not dipping so I may have got it just to put my mind at ease. The slight headaches for me started this morning. At this point toughest thing for me is going to the bathroom as the first thing I always did was put a dip in before I went. Catching myself patting my pockets before I leave the house to make sure I got a can sucks as a reminder. My head is in a fog today and I craved one pretty bad after I got up this morning. Fought through that, I’m determined to stay free of it. Actually reading some of these posts helped me fight the craving this morning. And the dreams were weird as hell for me last night though that may be the patches too. I always had to have one in the mornings when I got up, while driving, going to the bathroom, mowing the grass, and right after I ate. We’ll see how this goes but I look to be a success story. I didn’t know your mouth healed itself after you stopped so I’m not looking forward to that. Y’all wish me luck, and I feel I will be back in here frequently.

  39. Does anybody know how long it takes the nicotine to leave your body when u quit?…. been dipping for 20 years. I’ve heard 1 week… 2 weeks

  40. Ok so im going on day 4! I haven’t had many withdraw symptom compared to what you all have post. Little if any fog. I did have a temper tantrum end of day 2 but other then that ive felt pretty well. No cravings, feel great, happy about my desicion. Anyone know why? Feel like i should be hating life right now??
    I don’t think i have a addictive personality i just enjoyed dipping. I quit twice in military cause i was made to quit. This time its for me and my heath. Just wondering what you fella think ans why my cravings and symptoms have been minor or nom at all

    • Thanks to this site and reading testimonies in this comment section give me the courage to give it a shot. I dipped for 12 years 1 can to 1 1/2 cans per day. I quit July 13th 2017. It was a struggle but you can do it. I was like you and didn’t experience a lot of things posted above. You’ll be alright just keep grinding. Just be disciplined and tell yourself no. Good luck!

  41. Day 1 everybody hang on this one may get a little rough

  42. I don’t know why I’m quitting but I don’t know why I’m still dipping either. Put a big ole fatty in at 1pm and spit it out at 245. I’ve had 4 opportunities to buy and have passed each time since then. Running my tongue between my cheek and gums all evening. My 9 year old is acting like a teenager, had to call the ex to come take him for a few hours. Could have bought a can and pushed through but didn’t. Good luck everyone.

    • I had only one dip yesterday wich is great for me

    • I hear you there. I don’t have any kids of my own, but I am a senior in college dealing with a ton of exams coming up. Been 5 days since I put one in, then ran out of cans, and decided that I’m just gonna go with it. I think I’m gonna be like Forrest Gump, and “just keep running”. Good luck to you, with the dipping and the kid, Lol.

  43. I’m on day 50. Been dipping for 10 years. I think the hardest part is having your gums repairing itself. Lots of seeds, gum, and water. I have been drinking since I quit and for some reason it has not been hard to resist when I’m drunk. Keep your heads up guys. It does get easier. Take it day by day.

    • The drinking part is hard, I’m the same way. I get a drink or two and crave the nicotine feeling along with it. So in turn , I’m trying to drink less and less. I find something else at night like herbal tea and I’ll try and get out to walk the dog around the block. Sounds crazy I know…herbal tea! Just trying to find a healthy alternative to go to when I get th craving and also looking to drop a few pounds if I can cut back on the booze.

  44. Day 1… FML… this is my third attempt at quitting. I quit smoking a lot of years ago and it was NOTHING like this. It was bad, but this is pure hell.

  45. Anyone else getting pretty consistent reflux after quit? I’m a little past 30 days and have had it for a week or so.

    • Yes Ryan I did the same thing and the burping is bad I am on day 70 it gets better talk to a doctor they can help you good luck

  46. Congrats on the 30 day mark Ryan, what a great start.
    Just wanted to let you know, the anxiety is normal…you will find it common up in down this message board, all of us quitters been through it. I’ve always thought it was the brain rewiring itself, without the aid of nicotine.
    Cancer worries, another form of anxiety. Worrying is the root of anxiety. This is where anxiety starts….and grows, from worrying. Funny how even though the thought of cancer was on my mind when I was using, I continued shoveling that shit in my mouth for over 30 years. I too went to my doctor and ENT early in my quit and they also said I was fine….3 years later and dip free, I am no longer worried about it.
    Keep up the fight, you’re doing great!
    -JP

  47. Just passed 30 days off the stuff. I did long cut moist snuff (Skoal) for just under 20 years. It’s been a brutal 30 days to be honest, primarily from a mental standpoint. I’ve been obsessively worried about mouth cancer and have had bad anxiety. I’ve seen a doc and ENT and they said I was ok, but still worried about the future likelihood of getting oral cancer. My second daughter is due in two months, and that’s probably a driving factor to my stress level haha. I want to be around a long time for them. I’m glad I found this site. It helps to hear others tell their stories. Does the anxiety get better? Am I the only one that worries about cancer, or is it just heightened now because of withdrawals, my pending baby, etc.?

    • Hey Ryan. Good luck with your quit. Mouth Cancer anxiety rules my life some days. I also decided to quit when the 2nd baby cane along. All I can tell you from another high anxiety ex dipper is stay busy and keep your mind elsewhere. If I sit idle too long, I start to worry. Good luck

    • Hey Ryan, day 5 here for me. I’m not going to pretend to answer the question, and say that the anxiety will get better, because that’s really going to be up to you. I haven’t had any anxiety about cancer, I guess because I only dipped for 5 years or so. What’s really keeping me from being so anxious about it, is that I made the right decision to quit. I think you should try to think that same way, if you start feeling anxious about it. We’re doing the right thing by quitting. One day, you might get to think of it as a bragging right, by saying that you successfully overcame addiction. It probably just has a lot to do with the withdraws though, and the stress and other anxiety due to the soon to be coming baby. Best of luck to you, and congratulations on the baby!

  48. I am currently on day 5 of being dip free. I am in my mid-40’s and dipped off and on for a few years in College and really started dipping TOO much (1 can a day of Kodiak) a few years ago after a nasty divorce. I think the Kodiak has cost me more than my final divorce did. LOL! Anyway, I decided to try using Nicorette 2MG mint gum 3 times a day to get the nicotine “fix” and using seeds and regular mint gum and lot of water during the day at work. My Wife is also in the process of quitting smoking, she is vaping for her nicotine fix and the physical act of inhaling something. This has been a rough 5 days, but in the end I know it’s the best thing for ME. You definitely have to do this for you, don’t take it out on family members or any jerk co-workers (that is hard for me to do). Good luck to all and chuck those cans!

  49. I quit over 30 days ago. I ask my doc about Chantix. He told me nicotine is nicotine. For anyone out there is asking. You can use it to stop dipping. I am not going to lie, day 3 was rough once i stopped even with the meds. But I just used sunflowers and gum. Lots and lots of gum to get through it.

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