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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3,188 Comments

  1. Day 84
    Almost 3 months, still going strong.
    Ya’ll take care.

  2. Day 12 for me. I feel so much better. Physically and mentally . Like my life doesn’t revolve around it. Plus I’m saving some money by ditching the habit.

  3. Day 82
    Had a couple of brews last night. Triggers left and right, but no cave in. Told my buds about my quit, they were pretty proud, even one of them pulled out his box of cigs and said, I’ll smoke to that.
    Never been a fan of cigarretes, so they don’t tempt me.
    Anyway, pretty proud of myself.
    There is a guy in here whom i started my quit 4 years ago, he continued, my dumb ass didn’t. I should be 4 years quit like him, instead I am on day 82. JayP is his name, he helped out a bunch of guys in here, he only pops in here every once in a while. for all of you newbies, ya’ll can ask him questions, he is a pretty cool guy and got 4 years under his belt.
    Regards..

  4. I don’t even know where to start. But I have to quit!

  5. Day 81
    Feeling ok. occasional crave, feels kind of weird that one misses the dip, even with recent memories of how it makes you feel, dizzy and nauseated sometimes, but still want it in your lip. Toxic relationship.
    Welcome to the Funk stage, strange!!!
    Not Going back though.

  6. I just had sinus surgery done because the bones were overcrowding my passage ways. After I woke up from the anesthesia, I had this great desire to OFFICIALLY quit chew for good. I’ve dipped for about 4 years and I love dipping. I want to give it up because I want to have healthy gums when I get older. I’ve done okay so far, but I’m a bit terrified of the unknown, long-term consequences of chewing. It’s also a substance I find myself using more and more every time I “quit” and then relapse. I don’t necessarily go through cans of dip every week. I average between 1-2 cans a week, but I’ve kept lips in for 60-90 minutes at a time. My cheeks eventually started to swell and I accidentally would bite a chunk of flesh loose on the inside of my puffed mouth. That’s when I knew I needed to stop for good. Now, I use gum and mints as a substitute. Hell, I still spit like that stuff is tobacco juice, but it’s not the same. It’s not supposed to be. However, it’ll do. Anyways, I finished my last can 2 days ago. I “sipped” that can by doing one dip every other day to ween myself off. I’m only 22, but I know that the longer I do this shit, the harder it’s going to get because it’s a bitch quitting now. I’ve quit before, but I intend to learn from my mistakes and continue keeping on without the dip. I feel better without it anyways, and yet the cravings keep coming. My mind has to be stronger than my body. So here’s to a clean 2019! Cheers y’all!

  7. I noticed that my latest comments have not been posted, is the site taking too long to refresh or my rants are just too cheesy?

    • Which comments are you referring to? I’m not seeing anything from you in the moderation queue.

      • It is probably a Cache issue, but on January 3, 4, 8 and 9 I posted Comments and though the page says comment submitted I figured they would go into moderation hold, so I’d wait a day or 2 and submit another comment and usually the previous comments finally become visible. Also in the links at the bottom of the pages showing the latest comments of users do not show after i click on them, rather they display maybe an older version of the page?
        Like I said it is probably my old system not displaying the newest information, but I thought I’d let you guys know.

  8. https://us.zyn.com
    Just thought I’d post a link to these nicotine pouches. They’ve been I huge help. I’ve tried the fake stuff before but with no nicotine I’d still just want a dip as soon as I took a fake one out. Been off tabacco for a week for the 1st time in 12 years and now am starting to ween myself off nicotine.
    Good Luck and Best Wishes To Everyone!

    • These “work” because they are continuing your addiction. You’re giving your body what it’s addicted to and what it’s craving.

      It would be like giving an alcoholic who’s drink of choice was Jack Daniels a Miller Lite.

    • The only way you will stop, is to stop nicotine; the little monster that has been playing the game of torment with you the past 12 years or you will be going right back to the dip.

  9. Been a while since I’ve posted on this site. I certainly am still linked to the comment sections through emails. I see a lot of new warriors making the battle against the junk. I am now 4.6 years clean from nicotine. I still, sometimes, use the Smokey Mountain. Mostly when I’m out tinkering with the car or mowing the lawn. I will say, a can will last me well over a month these days. I can be around people that dip these days and I have no urges at all to join them anymore. I still have the dreams…if anyone has had them, you’re taking a dip then feel guilty that you have to start all over again from day 1…but even those are far a few these days. I seem to still enjoy my gum and occasional bag of seeds…but this is strictly because I “like” to do both…I can definitely go without all of it. I guess my whole point in posting, I want you all to know you can have a normal life again without Dip. I started very young, at age 15 (my first pinch was at 10). I quit once at 23, using nicorette…but caved 6 months later. I then continued until 40. I am now almost 45 (July) and quit the day after my 40th birthday. Still have the can I quit on…and the smell inside will knock your dick in your watch pocket (some Nasty ass shit). Not sure if I will ever throw it out…but I do know I will never partake in the nicotine habit again. I’m free and happier without it.
    Besides…if I really want a dip, the fake ones have helped me out.
    You guys keep at it…use this website/blog/board…it honestly helped me more than anything else. I loved posting daily up to my 100th day…and I made some friends going thru the same shit I was along the way…my hopes are they are still clean!
    Take care, be strong and kick the cans ass!!
    ~This Too Shall Pass (my 100 day war cry)
    -JP

    • Hey Jayp, it’s me DDD remember?, glad to hear you still around. I should be 4 years clean too, but instead I am only 80. This time is permanent, I am done with it. Take care.

      • Hey! Yes sir, I do remember you, you posted with a few others here during my quit. I’m glad to hear you’re figting the habit again. I don’t judge with this addiction, so long you get up once more than you fall down. It’s a tough habit to break, but it’s very possible to do it. That first 100 is the toughest.
        You keep at it, I’m linked here still, just don’t post often anymore. Hard to believe almost 5 years has passed!!
        Tough to get to that 100 mark, remember the battle, this kept me clean beyond the 100, Brother!
        Good to hear from you!!

  10. Wishful thinking, and bad math in my last rambling i said 11 days rather than 21 days to HOF. I blame it on the Fog.

  11. Ramblings and Questions..
    11 days away from completing the first 100 of my normal life.
    I am wondering why this stuff (Dip) is not illegal?
    Producing a label on the can and letting you know “this product is addicting and can give you cancer is basically an insult to the injury.”
    I know that you cannot legislate morality. Inventing a law won’t deter all the people from using a product, the prohibition era is a good example. Why make the product available to begin with? To make money I know.
    They say that people die of their addictions, for some it might be controlled substances, for others common food like sugars, GMF’s, fried foods, etc.
    We have to eat. I guess you can say, we have to be careful with what we eat too?
    If fried foods, sugars, GMF’s and other stuff we eat will kill us, then are we to make it all illegal?
    Do we create more laws to make us feel better or do we exercise moderation?
    I can see how moderation would work sometimes, at least with the things that do not get us addicted, but what about with the things that do? like Dip?
    Does it boil down to personal choice or availability of harmful products? or a combination of the two?
    Too many questions….

  12. Day 78
    Still going strong, on Jan 29 will be my triple digit victory.
    Keep on truckin’

  13. Day 40. I am completely off of Chantix and have been for about 20 days. No major issues. Sleeping better no more heart burn and I have had hardly any cravings. I truly believe the Chantex played huge part. Hope everyone hangs in there, it gets easier.

  14. Been dipping on and off since 16, either cope straight or mint. Decided to finally stop for good. Been about a week and teeth are starting to hurt a bit.

    • My teeth and gums aches real bad after my surgery in December this past year. I don’t feel the aches anymore though. I went from dipping everyday to one single dip every other day, but I read on another page for people quitting cigs that it’s because the blood is returning to your gums. I think that makes sense, but idk…

  15. I Started Dipping at 16 and I am not 28. I’ve been doing a can a day ever since. I grew to despise chew about 3 years ago when my father passed away from cancer and he asked me if I wanted to put my mother through the same thing that he did. It’s a shame that it took me almost 10 years to realize I had a problem. I finally put the can down on December 11th after I realized that I want to live a long life and I’m sick of being a slave to the can. I can’t go back.

  16. 75 Days
    Not Going back, looking forward to HOF.

  17. Day 74
    Happy New Year!
    I finally made it to the 5th stage of your timeline, the last 20 days seemed to last forever and I had maybe 3 or 4 major triggers to dip, i recognized them and rationalized them as “they will pass” and sure enough they go away as your mind gets busy with other things. I read about the funk stages and have to agree with the information, but at least in my case, the thought of taking just one dip has come to mind only to get demolished by a gigantic “NO”. There is no way I am going back to it, IT IS OVER!.

  18. Day one here. Have dipped for 30 years and decided it’s time to stop. Using gum and fake stuff. Appreciate all of you putting your stories, tips, and updates on here.

  19. I’m on day 2 again. I hope its the last time.

  20. Day 38. Glad i read this before had because when my tounge felt like it was going to fall off i would have for sure freaked out. Passed after a day.

  21. Day 25 cold turkey.
    I’ve chewed….wait, I’ve eaten tobacco for 23 years, sunup to bedtime. Copenhagen, only spit to put a fresh one in my mouth. That being said, it feels as if from the tip of my toungue, through my stomach, down to my asshole has taken a beating for these years, because the healing process physically hurts. My toungue is raw, numb, tingles, etc. Throat is as dry as the fucking Sahara Desert. I’m either constipated or eaten one too many prunes. I’ve had turds that need broken before flushing, I’ve had diharea that would go through a screen door. Had a case of hemorrhoids also. This has been the most excruciating physical transformation I could think of. Aside from John Bobbitt. Is this at least kind of normal.
    As for the emotional side of things. I turn 40 this month. Mid fucking life crisis. Oldest kid going through drivers ed. Quitting during the holidays and still have one more party to endure tomorrow. I’m in the dairy industry which blows ass right now. Literally didn’t have a paycheck last year. Putting my dog down this week. Going to Disney World with the wife next week (she made money last year). What the fuck am I quitting for. I’m sticking to it no matter if I cry one more time this week. Ya.. I’ve cried. Thanks for reading this if you did. I’ve vented this to my best friend. He doesn’t understand, but I got a hug and it felt good. My wife just keeps feeding me, she doesn’t understand either and her hugs are awesome too. Now I’m looking for internet hugs. Is that too much to ask?

    • It can suck. I’m on day 45. Around day 40 I was having MASSIVE anxiety about anything and everything. I didn’t associate it to quitting until I read this page. Good to know, I thought I was losing my mind.

      Just keep at it. It does get better. And think of all the money you’re saving, that shit was getting expensive.

    • Bro I get it man and I feel your pain. I’m a drug cop in Baltimore City. As a cop, especially working drugs, dipping is culture. I started my quit the 1st of this month and have been irritable as a mother fucker. Haven’t slept a good night sleep since I quit. Work sometimes seems impossible without the crutch of dip. Had to give up liquor too because we all know what goes good with a drink, a lip. Luckily I’m quitting with 2 other co workers so they completely get it and I have support. Stay strong man

  22. Day 1
    Nothing easy here….. about 9 years ago I made it 8 months and this time last year I made it about 2 months. Which makes me the weakest person ever! I have been dipping, chewing or smoking now for over 30 years I’m 43 now. I’m over this and want to be done but be nice to my wife and kids in the process so pray for me.

  23. A cheap and great alternative during a chew craving is to fold up a paper towel/napkin and wrap mint flavored floss around it. I did that during basic training and it’s been my “go-to” right now that I’m actually quitting (on Day 4). Good luck and God Bless!

  24. Day 28!! still counting! Have been noticing the changes in the moods! the energy! Prayer is the only tool substituted now! Feel that now there is plenty of time! have lot of time for self! Hope will cross 100+ days with all vigor and valor! Yes I will!!

  25. I just got a new job in inside sales, after being in outside sales/college for the last 8 years i was up over 2 tins of mint pouches a day. Now thatbim gonna be in an iffice ive got to quit. On day two now and feel exhausted and my head is cloudy. Hopefully this clears up a but before i start my new job in two weeks.

  26. im at day 3 o f no patches and last `night was the worst. I was up till 7 in the morning with crazy gas and bloating really fealt like I was dying. my chest all tight. then I woke up at 2 pm this is hard but worth it the chew was killing me I was coughing up blood and such so whatever hell comes my way I will ger through this

    • Yes your bowels are going to fuck with you . Your blood pressure. A lot of different feelings. But remember the anxiety is all in your head. You are definitely not going to die. You made the same smart decision a lot of us made. Stay strong brother. If you have any?s on how to fix some of the issues I might be able to help you with ways that I used to cope with what your going through

  27. Day 123 with no chew! This site really helped me. Looking back, I know I was an adict! That’s right a nicotine adict. How could I let dip control me?

    I am not going to lie, I puked, dry heaved, felt dizzy, had fog and was sick with anxiety. There were days I did not think I would get through. How could doing something good like quitting make me feel like crap?

    I realize now that I used tobacco to relax or help me through problems. There is days that I still want a stress reliever but I usually take a walk or get some hard candy.

    At this point I have started to lose count on days and try to take things day by day. Stay strong! My hope is that all of this will be completely out of my system in the next few months. Jimmy

  28. That’s awesome keep up the great work. I’ve been chewing for 15 years about 2 cans a day . 3 months ago on the 17th I quit. Cold turkey it’s been a fucken ride. The fog the anxiety the feeling of not wanting to do anything because I don’t have the dip. It’s definitely not easy but fuck chew. Do what’s best for you. Stay strong my friends

  29. Howdy !
    I visited this site 2 years ago, deciding to quit the can for good. Succeeded for a few months even. But, that ” One can” offered by a friend & myself thinking : I’ve been free for 3 months now and surely,one can wouldn’t make any difference. – kicked me back to the loop & still continues !

    But, I got married recently and I want to be a better husband, father and role model !! So, this new year I have decided to quit this forever.

    I am taking these 10 days(Dec22-31) to ready myself , and hopefully be ready for 2019.

    ” Today is my Day 001″

    P.s : I promise, never to have that devil ” One can only “

    • Welcome back ArMo! The only thing I’d take issue with is “hopefully be ready for 2019” – you WILL be ready. You CAN do this. Learn from what your past and get it done this time!

  30. Day 56
    You would think that after almost 2 months of healing from the destruction of tobacco use that everything would be just peachy. I suppose age has something to do with it. Cells and tissue take longer to heal in my older age. I wish I could have something good to say, but health wise I am still stagnant, though the poisons might be out, I am still feeling poorly. I quit dipping, no Drinking, eating healthy, taking meds for BP and still not feeling well. I need to hit the gym to see if it speeds up the healing process. Praying everyday for help. Stay quit Brothers.

  31. 17 days in. I am to the point now where I despise dip -thank goodness. I’ve quit 2 other times seriously and both times I played the “well one would be fun” or “one wouldn’t hurt” card. This last time it was just one on vacation, BAM 3 months into a can a day habit. Alas, I am done. I’ve had it with it.

    I somehow avoided the heavy bouts of the early fog, but I know it’ll hit me sometime soon.

    I have been pretty irritable. I just get annoyed or frustrated really easily.

    My most significant side effect of quitting is shitting. My god it feels like Thor is throwing his hammer out of my ass every time I go. I’m walking around all gingerly literally in pain from what it’s done to me. Hopefully this passes soon – literally and figuratively.

  32. I’m off the dip but now I’m just chewing fully loaded herbal snuff. Fuck it

  33. Been dipping since I was 17 and I’m 33 now. Got hooked on it on my very first lip – absolutely loved it and did a tin a day for many of those years. I’m in the process of quitting – today is my 8th dip free day. I’ve noticed always have sunflower seeds around has helped a lot. Also, I ordered Grinds Coffee Pouches off Amazon and they really help. I do seeds but when I’m really craving I’ll toss a grind in as if it was a pouch. I highly recommend that tactic for those out there trying to kick the can!

  34. Day 52
    It is true about those Anxiety attacks, I never had them before and they freaked me out, I ended up in the ER. Got checked out and nothing was wrong, but sure felt like I was going to kick the bucket. after the second one I Iearned to recognize when they were about to start.
    Here’s a trick to save you a lot of money on drugs and therapy. The minute you feel it coming, do not resist it, it will get worse, If you have a watch take a look at the seconds hand and follow it, as the heartbeats increase and feeling of doom comes up, continue looking at the seconds hand and count the seconds, 1, 2, 3, and so on, the first time it’ll be rough, by the second time or third you will stop the anxiety attack on its tracks. This is a trick that works for me and I hope it’ll works for you. Good luck and stay quit.

  35. Day 7 for me, feels like I’m winning this fight.
    Reading all your comments helped.
    3-4 cans per week in Canada cost me over $6000 per year!!
    Best of luck everyone, stay strong and fuck you Chew.

    • Quit a week ago, 61 years old and I want to be there for my grandkids. Started chewing at daily doubles in high school baseball. Been rough but I already knew quitting wasn’t easy.(been there a time or two) It came down to understanding my selfishness and putting my family first.
      Will check in soon!

  36. Went dip free 7 days ago. I have tried to quit numerous times in the past, cold turkey, the patch, gum etc. What helped this time was Chantex. I used the method #2 where I used less and less dip each day until I didn’t want to use it anymore. What is different this time are that the urges are not as intense. I am not a bear to my family either. I use tic tacs throughout the day. If I have a bad craving a just pop a tic tac on the back of my tough and let it dissolve. Also, water is a huge part as well. I cut out caffeine save for my morning coffee. Having done this many times before I would be climbing the walls by now but am able stay focused and not think about it. So after 22 years of dipping and being in a work environment where it is widely accepted (Army) I am optimistic that I am done for good this time. Oh, one more thing. The driving force for this was life insurance. Retiring from the Army and having to purchase life insurance as a tobacco user was a real wake up call! Good luck!

    • Hello Mr Brad,
      A very good evening to you.
      First of all, let me congratulate you for the task that you have accomplished. Really, you have done no less than what a martyr does for his country,
      You have climbed the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest. You are the winner. You have been resurrected. You have been blessed with a new life.
      It is said that quitting chewing tobacco is more difficult than that of drugs. I’m not getting a proper word to express what a miraculous act you have done.
      I love you. It’s an irony that even I have quit chewing tobacco a couple of moments before. My life has become unworthy of living. I got married twice but neither of the wives could adjust herself with me.
      I’m an MA in the English literature from a university, yet I earn almost nothing. Is it not shameful ? And the whole credit goes to none but tobacco. It has made my life hellish. It is my near and dear that are suffering more than I am. It is more than twenty years ever since I began chewing tobacco.
      Mr Brad, I am an Indian. Most of us chew this rubbish. The tobacco addicts are generous enough to share their tobacco boxes though they hesitate parting with their money in charity. Sometimes, I feel that even the fellow beings don’t want that one should be a teetotaler or at least tobacco free .
      Mr Brad, I expect help from you in persisting in my determination to give up chewing tobacco. So, keep on posting that shall encourage the other chewers.
      Happy Christmas and New Year 2019.
      Your friend and follower.
      Santosh Kumar Rai.
      The Republic of India.

    • This is 2215 hours, Thursday, the sixth of December, 2018, when I have taken a resolution, a firm determination never to touch tobacco throughout my life. Let the world turn hostile but the shit I have been used to shall never ever knock the door of my life.
      May the Almighty Lord Jesus Christ bless me with courage and accomplishment !
      Glory be to Him.
      Let the Holy month testify its Holiness with the meagre wish of mine.
      Lord Jesus Christ, You are Great.

  37. I started dipping at 17. I’m 29 now. I Haven’t been a consistent chewer. In the last 12 years I’ve been an off again on again kinda guy. So I can’t say I was every addicted. Basically every blue moon id just get a random craving. So I’d buy a can, chew it, get scared of cancer and be done with it. This last year tho, I’ve become a more frequent chewer. I hate the thought of cancer. So I found something called fully loaded chew and white trail chew. It’s a tobacco free chew. I swear to y’all it’s just like the real stuff. I been chewing the hell out of it. No cancer no worries. If Y’all don’t want to quit but you HAVE to quit I recommended that stuff. No I don’t work for them. I came across this thread because I was looking up any permanent effects from dipping. Can anybody tell me if there’s anything I have to worry about long after I quit? Last time i had a real chew was a couple months ago. My mouth feels fine. Teeth and gums seems good. My gums bleed when I floss but I think that’s normal.

  38. Started dipping when I was 16 – I am now 60. I decided I wanted to quit dipping. I was going through a can about every day and a half. To me spitting is very nasty so I swallowed that means I was getting 100% of whatever from my dip. I formulated a plan. I would cut back by 1 half and when I met that goal I would half it again. Then I said, OK, now one can has to last me for a week. I met that, then I said 1 can has to last me for two weeks. I barely met that goal, on a Friday was my last of the two weeks, my final dip lasted until noon, I tried to hang on to it while I ate my lunch, no joy.
    From that day forward I have not had a dip, and can’t really say I wanted one, I haven’t had the urge to buy a can. I didn’t quit, I am seeing how long I can go without a dip. Mentally it works for me, quitting is forever while the other is one day at a time.

    • Kenneth Latiolais

      Keep up the good work! I started at 13 and stopped at 54 and or 71 days ago. It’s hard but worth it! Ps. Atomic fireball candy work good for me. Lol

    • One day at a time works for lots of addictions. This is one of them. Same principles apply.

  39. I have chewed for 22 years something that I couldn’t stop while playing pro baseball. But I have finally quit or at least trying for the first time with conviction. I’m on 2 and a half months and I have noticed that my tongue can’t handle heat temp wise and is SUPER sensitive to spice heat. Is there anything to help this and why the hell does it still feel like this?

  40. Been chewing for over 20 years and now she pouches. I ll stop sometimes for days at a time and never affects me. When I am dipping,
    I m a tin a day. My problem is that I genuinely enjoy doing it.

  41. Hey guys! I actually just quit about 4 days ago. The cravings have been strong, but I’ve been stronger. I had a triggering event that snapped me out of it. I’m 31, I’ve been dipping since I was 16. And I wish everyday that I had never picked that damn can up. In more recent years, it’s been disgusting. I thought to myself every time I put a dip in ” Geez this stuff is nasty!” And even had the face to go with it! People would ask, then why do it? Addictions. Plain and simple. So fast forward to 4 days ago I’m at work. I had noticed a sore on my lip, and on my tongue. The tongue Dore didn’t bother me, I knew I had burned it with coffee the day before. The lip though. For some reason I looked up what causes ulcers. Bacteria, stress, HERPES, spicy food and finally CANCER. For some reason this kicked me in the butt. I saw pictures. I saw the survival rate if it’s not caught early. I saw a video of what life is like for someone with mouth cancer. I am not kidding you when I say this. I threw up, and threw the dip in the river. Literally. I had scares myself so bad and thought about being in that state. I couldn’t sleep when I got home. I was scared. I’m going to tell you this. I had sores before. Never thought twice of it. For some reason something told me to look it up. I did, and I do believe it was God helping me see. Think about it. If you’re a Christian, catholic, Jewish, suicide is a sin. Welp geuss what boys!? Dipping is just a prolonged way to commit suicide! You’re hurting yourself. Killing yourself slowly one dip at a time. Slow motion bullet my boys! So ever since that day almost a week ago, I get the craving, I look at mouth cancer pictures and videos. Can’t take it. Then I thank God for showing me this. Sometimes you have to get slapped to wake up.

  42. I just turned 40 there weeks ago and have noticed a couple very small sores on the inside of my mouth and have decided it is time to quit after 20 + years of chewing. in the last 3 years or so I started chewing a can of day and the sores came up. They scared the hell out of me and I’m nervous to go to my dentist for fear of what he might say. I want to see how quitting goes for a couple weeks and hopefully they clear up.

    • I have been dip free since November 11th. Those little sores get annoying. For me, they cleared up a lot her in the last week or so. When I first stopped my mouth felt like I had chewed tacks! One thing I did find that helped was mouthwash. Keeping your mouth clean helped a lot with the soreness. Go to the dentist dude! He’ll be so happy you quit! More than likely it’s not cancer. After doing some research myslef(because that’s what scared me out of the can) the sores that come from cancer bleed and won’t stop, usually aren’t painful. So go dude. Man u p and just go do it.

  43. Is it better to start trying to quit first thing in the morning? Or does it really make a difference if I start, say after lunch?

  44. I’m 18 years old, about to be 19, and have been dipping/ vaping for 2 years, almost 3. I was dipping a can a day. Plus vaping on top of it. I decided to quit nicotine cold turkey, and I am 8 days clean! The first 3 days were literal hell. My mind is playing tricks on me, but I won’t give in! Keep pushing everybody!

  45. Hello, my husband is trying to quit Copenhagen after using it for the last 25 years. I dont acknowledge him quitting, nor does he. I just take notice in the changes to his routine and try not to comment that way he doesnt feel pressured. My question is, ‘is it normal for an otherwise unemotional guy to get kinda droopy, sad, and emotional during the quitting process?’ And is there anything I can do to lift his spirits?

    • It is definitely normal to see this happening. I am usually a pretty chill guy myself and I am on day 5 and have been all over the place. IT IS NOT EASY. I didn’t tell my wife I was quitting until day 4 and she commented on how she definitely noticed a difference in my attitude and behaviors that didn’t seem normal. I explained to her what was going on and we sat down together and took a look at this website to better understand what will happen. I asked that she not bug me about it too much, but that her support is greatly appreciated.

      • How’s it going now? I’ve got a log of Copenhagen WG LC I’m planning on weaning down on and quitting. But I’ve said that b4 like 200x lol

  46. I’ve been chewing since I was 14 and am now 47. I’ve been a can a day guy for the last 15 years or so. I recently started waking up with a sore and irritated tongue…like I’d burned it severely. Also, the floor of my mouth under my tongue is sore and irritated like I bit it…but my teeth obviously don’t reach under there. I have had a chew in for the last 10 years unless I’m eating or sleeping. I’m on day 4 of quitting and I don’t feel like I’m going to murder someone like I did the last 3. I feel like my mouth is more jacked up than when I was chewing a can a day. How long is that gonna last?

    • It’ll last for a while. Couple of weeks maybe. I ran across a BUNCH of things in my mouth when I quit that were way worse then when I was chewing. Keep in mind that you’re ULTRA sensitive now that you’ve quit. You may just be noticing things now that have been there for quite some time that were being masked by dip.

    • Yeah, I had same thing about mouth more jacked up after quitting, which is big reason why it took me a few unsuccessful times before actually quit. My thought was ‘might as well go back to dipping’ but that is severely flawed mentality. Just gotta push thru it. I’m at one month now and no issues, it will pass after week or so. Stay strong!

    • How’s it going Dave? I quit the 11th, and my sores are a lot better.

  47. Hello,
    I’m on day 3 and so far so good. Should I feel bad that I’m just doing the smokey mountain stuff? Is that the band aid approach?

    • Nothing wrong with using a tool as it’s intended to be used. Keep up the great work.

    • I encourage the use of fake dips too. They were a GodSend early in the quit.
      Over 4 years clean and still have a Smokey mountain if I “want one”. Always permitted to use them and I did daily at the beginning of my quit.
      The further away you get from the junk, the act of dipping becomes just that, an act. Just like chewing gum (still do, but less), spititting sunflowers seeds (on and off) and using the fake stuff. Fake dip often, so long there is no nicotine in it.
      The NicBitch is definitely one tough break up, you need tools, use them!
      -JP

  48. I’m on day 3 and so far so good but I’m feeling guilty because I was reading in here about taking smokey mountain or something like that and that’s what I’ve been doing? Is it wrong of me to feel like I’m taking the band aid approach?

  49. I just quit this morning
    Lol. My gosh my head if so foggy and fuzzy. This is very hard. I’ll need all of the support I can get.

  50. I have just packed a dip for the 4 th time in 4months and this time. My gums are swollen teeth hurt, my tongue muscles hurt and a sore throat. What gives. I have great oral hygiene btw.

    • My unprofessional opinion would be that you’re a puss, Your chewing schedule of 12 dips per year is too vigorous for a delicate flower like you.

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