Who has quit dipping/chewing?

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  1. ZAPPO

    ZAPPO XDTalk 1K Member

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    My nicotine delivery system for close to 40 years was snuff and chewing tobacco. Plug, pouch, Happy Days, Skoal then Copenhagen for the last 30 years I guess. It had me. Every single minute of my waking life revolved around my nicotine dependency and I was sick of it. I decided to quit cold turkey and this past March 15 I did. I about went crazy the first 2 weeks even having to visit a doctor because of severe anxiety and depression brought on by the shock of quitting. I got so nervous and shaky I felt like I was going to jump out of my skin. My vision was screwed up. I had severe stomach aches. Insomnia. Headaches. Irritability. Slurred speech. Very unpleasant. I'm seeing light at the end of the tunnel now and thankfully the light is no longer a freight train barreling toward me. If I can steer anyone away from ever picking up "the can" I will. It's a deadly snake that bites and doesn't let go. I can't go back...ever... because I might not get this chance again.
     
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    Currently have cope straight in right now. :rolleyes: I dipped on and off in high school not much. About a year ago a buddy wanted to try it and I was like ok so I did with him. We would do it when we had some beers. A year later still doing it. I only have about 2 or three dips a day. Im thinking of quitting soon as well.
     
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    You have been fortunate, believe it or not. You quit before you got mouth cancer. I know... I know... Everyone says, "You're going to get mouth or tongue cancer, so you better quit." But I have seen it first hand... I work in medicine and I've seen the HORROR that is mouth cancer. It is... truly...... shocking.

    Best of luck to all who are quitting. I hope it goes well. Wellbutrin (an anti-depressant) has been shown to reduce the urge to smoke in those who are quitting smoking. Perhaps you can ask a provider about a prescription for some to help you quit chewing as well.

    joe
     
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    I tried starting recently but after about 4 attempts I gave up. It just made me dizzy.

    Good luck quitting if you want to though!
     
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    Dont forget it also depends on the users amount. Some do a can plus a day etc. My grandfather chews all day long for over 30 years and Im surprised myself. He always has a chew in unless he is eating! :shock::shock: Crazy I know!!
     
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    ZAPPO,

    CONGRATS ON QUITTING !

    I also went cold turkey 7 years ago after chewing for about 20 years, and yes I was also lucky but not having any horrific cancer afflictions at this point, not saying they won't happen later though.

    I would only suggest to get some form of an excersize program started or you will end up putting on extra weight real quick.

    I also agree with your logic of never going back !!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I chewed for 32 yrs, the last ten was off & on, mostly on.the thought that i could enjoy just one dip always seem to have a full can back in my pocket within a week, just like I had never quit. Then it would take 6 or 8 months to work up the nerve to go through that 2 weeks of hell on earth. Now I've been almost 3 yrs. The last time I used a perscription called Chantix, it worked well for me, but one of the side effects is strange dreams.Mine had zombies and I didn't have mt xd yet lol. Good luck to those of you quitting, I pray the rest of you never start.
     
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    Quit back in January. First few days I don't even remember, it was such a blur. That nicotine messes you up good. I do remember going into the bank and trying to deposit a paycheck and not remembering my account number. I just started writing numbers down. Good thing I was in a small town at the time and the teller knew who I was or I wouldn't have had money lol. Congrats on quitting, it's truly a day to day struggle to stave the addiction off. If you slip up, don't let that unravel all of your progress. Just don't let it happen again. You can do it, feel free to PM me if you need support or whatnot. If you feel a nasty craving, I and I'm sure any other members here who have gone through the same will be here for you. Also check out Kill the Can, they're a site all about quitting smokeless tobacco, if you get on, you can be part of a quit group, a bunch of people quitting smokeless in the same time frame supporting each other and going through the same hell together. It really helped me, and they are all great about keeping each other in check.
     
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    Yeah I chewed a can a day of cope, and sometimes a plug of red man, for about 10 years. The cope eroded my gums to the point that, despite quitting 15 years ago, I have a couple of teeth that are shifting big-time, thanks to the 'harmless' alternative to smoking. I understand the addiction. You can beat it.
     
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    I know I needed support cause I'm not out of the woods yet. That many years of nicotine had to have all my tissues saturated. I couldn't go 15 minutes without feeling withdrawal. Nicotine is a beast to overcome. It takes over your mind along with your body. I would have stolen tobacco if that's the only way I could have gotten it and I hate a thief as bad as most people do. Thats how hooked you get. Congratulations on those who have quit. I don't ever want to dip or chew again. I'd probably fall into a real funk if I slipped. I'm still somewhat depressed and just kind of sad feeling even though it's been 3 months. I dipped so much I was only getting about 4 or 5 dips from
    a can. I left in in all day except when I ate. I would get nicotine overdose somedays with severe dizziness, nausea, heart racing, severe trembling hands. That wasn't enough to make me stop. I just cut back for a couple days then went back to a can or two daily. I had to quit though I did not think It was even possible for me to quit. I'm seeing now that it is possible but I'm
    not feeling very normal yet. Whatever normal is I'm not there quite yet.
     
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    I did it back in the day along with smoking but decided to quit cold turkey and it has been 7 years. I feel a hell of a lot better now. Pictures of Rick Bender, a former baseball player kinda got stuck in my head and his battle with oral cancer caused by chewing tabacco.
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    I quit in November after 30+ years. Still get the urge. When I see someone with a can, I want to knock them down and take it from them. It's getting better but, damn it's hard.
     
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    I started chewing/dipping when I was about 14 years old. Eventually the chew led to smoking and I enjoyed both forms of nicotine delivery. Back in 2000 I was about to get custody of my young children and promised them that if I did get custody, I would give it all up for them. That was 11 years ago and Im still nicotine free after being hooked for 17 years (Im 42 now).

    My fiance gave up smoking 2 years ago and it is still a struggle with her at times although she has not slipped. I can also tell you that after being quit for 11 years, I still at times get a small urge.

    Hang in there man, its as addictive as any harcore drug and then worst thing you can do is to even try it again. I refuse to even smoke a cigar with friends!
     
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    Back in college I dipped with a good friend of mine when drinking at parties and stuff. I eventually switched to smoking because there were more smokers than dippers. A couple of years later now we only chew when we're hunting together, so that's like, 2 times out of the year?
     
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    Zappo,

    Check out the forums on this site. Lot's of great online support.

    Quit Smokeless Community

    After 27 years of dipping, I was able to successfully quit for six years going now, largely with the help of the members at quitsmokeless.org . If you've been quit since March, you've beat the physical dependency, now you're engaged in a psychological battle. Stay strong, and remember how hard it was to get where you are now. There is a life after dipping. You can do this.
     

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