Chewing can be a hard habit to deal with, even if you’re not the one with the habit. It’s not attractive, when a person tries to quit they can be irritable and surly, and it certainly doesn’t help the bank account. Whether you’re a close friend or loved one of a dipper, it’s important to understand why it is so difficult to quit and how to appropriately approach someone about whose habit you are concerned.
Smokeless tobacco contains significantly more nicotine than cigarettes. Two cans of dip over the course of a week contain as much nicotine as smoking a pack a day. Quitting is difficult, and not only causes physical side effects like heart palpitations, sweaty palms, and intense cravings, but also mental side effects like irritability and depression.
With this in mind, prepare to emotionally support whoever it is that’s quitting. He or she may get irrationally angry or feel sick, and being there as an understanding person with whom they can talk will go a long way in the quitting process.
In approaching a person to suggest quitting tobacco, it’s important not to offer any value judgments. Don’t use statements like, “it’s disgusting when you dip,” or “you’re a bad person for getting addicted in the first place,” or, “if you loved me you would stop.” As discussed, quitting is hard, adding a value judgment to the act of quitting places unneeded pressure on the person you want to quit and sets them up for failure.
On the other hand, outlining your concerns for his or her health by citing facts about dipping is appropriate and effective. It’s also legitimate to express your concern over how expensive the habit can be. Finally, it’s best to approach the person by offering yourself as support. Offer to help them keep a quit schedule and tell them about products your aware of that can aid in the quitting process.
If they agree to quit, it’s best if they have a plan. Quitting cold turkey works for some while others try nicotine patches or gum. It should be noted that with nicotine replacement the addiction is still active. Another effective method, and one that’s preferred by many dippers who have quit, is to use non-tobacco herbal chew. BaccOff mimics the look taste and texture of tobacco dip, comes in a can, and even has a slight burn, just like real tobacco. Because it mimics the act of dipping, while not supplying any of the unhealthy and carcinogenic chemicals that come with tobacco, it is clinically proven to reduce the stress of nicotine withdrawal. It can also be blended with real tobacco to help quit gradually.
For more about BaccOff and for a free quitting schedule, visit www.dipstop.com.