Share Your Quitting Story

If you have a successful quitting story we would like to hear from you! This is a place to share and encourage others who may be struggling with quitting dip. Leave your story or comment in the box below.

31 comments

  1. I started to dip when I was fifteen. I didn’t dip a lot because of school and other activities, but when I got outside I dipped as much as I could. Gradually I used it more and more. I would dip before school, during shop, PE and after school. This went on for five years until I decided to quit just because my friends said I couldn’t. So I did quit-for three months. I was free at that point, but I made a mistake. I looked back and chose to buy just one can. Within a few weeks I was right back where I started. I continued to dip for the next ten years. During that time I tried to quit many times, but it was too hard and painful, so I gave up each time. After becoming desperate and going through steps similar to those in this program I was able to finally break the habit and quit for good. You can quit for good just like I did.

  2. i quit dipping about 2 year ago and felling real good

  3. I started smoking while down in New Orleans for Katrina while in the Army. Started dipping in Afghanistan. By Iraq, I was smoking 1 1/2 packs a day, plus a can of dip per day. I’ve quit smoking, but now I’m trying to quit dipping. I’m going to go buy Smokey Mountain tomorrow. I abhor the day I started using tobacco – what a fool! Good luck to you!

  4. Ty,good luck with the Quit,Im also ready to quit,its going to be soon,Gail,I am going to try Baccoff original straight,Im going to suit up and show up and take this Demon “nic” headon….God’s going to be in my corner.

    • Awsome guys! Be sure to check out all the resources available to you. One of the best community-based support groups is killthecan.org. Another that gives you a chance to see your tax dollars at work is mylastdip.com.

  5. I had been dipping for 16 years. Over the last several years I moved up to a tin every other day, sometimes one a day. When I couldn’t spit at work, I was using Snuss and leaving it in for hours. I would have dip in my mouth for my entire waking day. I have two beautiful girls and wanted to quit, but knew I was so hooked I didn’t even try. A visit to the dentist found what looked like pre-cancer spots on my gums, still I continued to dip. My wife goes to the same dentist and found out. On 01-30-12 at 3:30 PM I spit out my last dip ever when she called screaming. I ordered Bacc-Off after looking at the options out there. It really helped with the habit of having the dip in my lip. The cravings pop-up sometimes, but the spots in the mouth are gone with a clean bill of health! Thanks!

  6. I’m quitting starting today…Dec 26th, 2012, after 30 years of dipping. I have been planning for today (dreading it, to be honest) for weeks. I have my last dip in my mouth now, and have been looking around for tools to fight the cravings that I know will come. My wife has told me that she just can’t handle the smell any more, and she’s worried about what dipping will eventually do to my health. She’s pregnant…with our 6th child…and her sense of smell is always heightened during pregnancies. I’ve been praying for the DESIRE to quit…which has been my downfall in the past – I’ve loved dipping for decades. And, I know that I have needed to quit for years now. I want to set a better example for my kids, avoid the health problems that WILL COME if I don’t quit, please my wife, save the money I’ve been spending on dip, and regain my sense of taste and smell (I did quit once for a couple weeks and everything tasted and smelled different!).

    My dipping bio: started at age 12; currently dip 1 1/2 – 2 cans daily. I ALWAYS have a can (and usually a back-up can or two) with me. I am FREAKING OUT a little bit over the anxiety of not having my security blanket of Skoal Long-Cut Straight. I know I need non-nicotine tools, and am looking into niccotine gum and/or patches to aid me. I don’t really have a support network (except my wife), though I know a lot of people will be thrilled when I’m tobacco-free. Just about everything I can think of is a trigger for dipping. I know I sound a little defeated already…but that’s just because I’ve tried this many times and know the battle to come. Wait, I CAN DO THIS! (The self-talk page is good stuff!)

    I will keep posting as I continue through this process to hopefully encourage someone else…I’ll even include any failures (hopefully there won’t be any…but I’ve tried before and failed, slipped back into dipping, etc). This page will be my accountability partner…just in case I slip up and lie to or don’t tell my wife. Why lie you ask? There are big stakes here…if I dip, I don’t get to be in the delivery room when my 4th (and final) son is born. He is due in late April, and I WILL BE TOBACCO-FREE by then!!! If you’re a believer, please pray for my success…and please post tips and words of encouragement if you’ve quit! Here goes…!! (I want to quit, I want to quit, I want to quit…this is mostly in my mind, and I CAN BEAT THIS ADDICTION!)

    • Hi Chris,

      SO sorry its taken me this long to reply to your post. I usually get en email when someone posts here, but didn’t this time. Congratulations on your committment to quit! I know you have been here before and for whatever reason it didn’t stick. You posted on Christmas day and its a couple of weeks later now. If you made it. . . . AWESOME!!! You are almost there! Three weeks is a major milestone. Nicotine will be out of your system. You will have survived withdrawal symptoms and the only thing left is to avoid triggers, and find other ways to satisfy the oral fixation (gum, jerky, sunflower seeds, whatever works).

      If you caved, its not the end of the world. You have not failed til you quit trying. Its not easy to quit. If it was, NOBODY would be using this stuff, and big tobacco companies would be going broke. There are several support groups out there. The most active I have found is http://www.killthecan.org.

      You are always welcome to post here. Your story WILL help others by letting them know they are not alone. Our young people face the greatest challenge. They have the double enemy of the most addictive drug known to man and horribbly opressive peer pressure.

      We are people of faith. You will be in our prayers. To be successful in beating addiction, you have to believe that life without dip will be better than life with it. There is evidence all around you that this is true. The most important person in your life has told you what it means to her. You have a housefull of kids depending on you to be around to read to them, teach them to tie thier shoes, to drive a car, how to talk to girls. You want to see them graduate from school, get thier first job, buy a house, . . babysit thier kids.

      I’m around to do all of these things today cause I made the same committment you are struggling with countless times til it finally stuck at age 37. I’m 55 now. You can do this! You really can! There is help, but there is no magic pill and its not easy. There are lots of people who have been where you are and came out the other side.

      You can do this!
      God bless ya.

  7. One week since my last dip and I always come here when I’m craving. Helps me and gives me some hope that one day I won’t want to dip at all.

    • Taylor,

      Congrats on getting through the first week! In two more weeks nicotine will be out of your system and it will be easier. It will still be a challenge though because the psycological dependency is still there. You have developed habits over the years that are associated with the use of dip. Stay withus. Keep coming back for support. We are glad we can help!

  8. I had my last dip exactly 24 hours ago. I am glad the nicotine is slowly leaving my body but I feel so crazy. My anxiety is going crazy, I don’t feel like I’m really here & dizzy spells all day, is this normal?
    I have been dipping for three years non stop, a whole can 1/2 a day. I am done with it & can’t wait to feel normal again. Thank you for reading & please he reassure me that everything will be okay 🙂

    • Carrie,

      What you are feeling is normal nicotine withdrawal symptoms. It is not unusual to feel anxiety, nausea, mood swings, and dizziness. These symptoms will be the worst for the first week and will begin to taper off after that. You should be free of most of the symptoms of withdrawal after about three weeks. This is the most difficult part of your quit and is the time when most people fall off the wagon. IT IS HARD! I suggest you check out our quit kit at http://www.dipstop.com/Dipstop-Quit-Dip-Program-1005.htm. We recommend the “titration” method of quitting. It takes a little longer but significantly reduces symptoms, allowing you to get through the hard part of quitting without giving up and going back to the can.

      Congrats on your decision to quit! You can do it!

  9. i have been dipping for 3 years, started with a can a week to now 2 cans a day, this morning after seing the erosion of my gums from my teeth i got scared and made the decision that im stopping. i spent the whole dayt feeling in a haze as if i was dreaming and my body didnt feel like it was mine, i couldnt concentrate on my school work, i went to the gym to try and keep busy but i felt faint and dizzy so after 10 hours of being clean i finally gave in… i feel so disappointed at myself now that ive slipped but i couldnt take the feeling, it felt as if i was dying and all my motivation went down the drain, i need help, i dont want to loose my teeth or die of cancer

    • Congratulations on your decision to quit dip! What you are experiencing is normal symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. We know it very well. Its scary. DO NOT ACCEPT DEFEAT! You never fail until you give up. Most people quit several times before the break free of nicotine addiction. Its very uncomfortable, and it seems unbearable for the first few days. But you CAN do it. There are lots of tools and resources available to help. Dipstop has a product called nico-free that helps relieve some of the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal so that you can function during the three weeks that it takes to get nicotine out of your system. . Baccoff non tobacco chew helps with the physical craving to have something in your mouth. Its made from tea and mint leaves, so you have the comfort of dip without the health risks. Finally there is a website you can visit to get support while you quit. Killthecan.org is a community of folks just like you who have met the challenge head on and WON!

    • I was reading up on people stories and as I was reading I came across something similar to what I go through everytime I try to quit and I looked up to my surprise I wrote the post a year ago…I’m here again its been 34hours since I had my last dip I made the decision because 1. I woke up with dark spots on my gums and roof of my mouth it was once again a reminder of how quickly I could loose my life through snuff. I have been actively trying to conceive a year and it hasn’t happened I attribute a lot of that to the dipping and I could not imagine dying at the age of 24, childless and toothless. I made a decision to quit cold turkey I threw away everything I had, the withdrawals have been terrible I keep coming up with excuses of why I should dip one more time loooool but most of the time I just laugh it off and soon its gone. I wonder how long its gonna go on for but this time I’m determined….i choose to live

  10. Today is 8th day of having quit dip and I really feel great about it. I know this is just a very small stepping stone to success and there’s a long way to go. It all started during college when everytime my fren used to open a packet of dip i too used have one….JUST FOR FUN!it ws just 1 single dip/day in those days and then in 1 year I never knew how it went to 8/day. Here I was knowing nothing abt the health effects and just enjoying the moment with dip evry time in my mouth. The days 1st dip was just awesome(especially mornings) then the rest of the day it was dip in my mouth while at class, studying for exams, reading a novel…no work started wihtout a dip in my mouth..I definately had a knowledge that tobbacco is a carcinogen and then my mind would tell me “how cd it that so many ppl after so many years of tobbacco died a normal death”..I thot I wd quit wen i got a job, but dint…wen i got married, but dint…and now its been 5 years. I got a call one day from a fren saying me to quit tobbacco as he read abt leukoplakia and tat he too being on smokes/dip hd dveloped it too and asked me to chk out my mouth as it ws precancerous! This call wd change it all…A BIG THANKS TO HIM…This wd atleast want me to tak a hard stand decision to atleast think of quitting seriously….Took to reserching on oral cancer( pictures were really scary), leukoplakia, health, family, stories etc…I then started to reduce week by week and finally came to 1/day and jan 1st 2013 ws my deadline to quit….I ws without dip for 4 days but then all the lies came bk and I fell for my mind and then again I started to dip and I thot I cd never do it but then I gave another shot in March/april and then i fixed a date – April 1st 2013(I wasnt going to fool myself)….Now here I am writing with 8 days no dip and the inner cheeks of mine with less crusts/fissures/white patches as compared to when I decided to quit….Whatever lies/thots come I reject it outwright and i am really amazed to see my willpower but I know I cd get a trigger for that 1 dip anytime….I know I have to be guard for my lovely wife, parents, friends, well wishers and all the people here who are treading as me…..

    P.S. Sir, I did read about green tea and its health benefits and I am keeping green tea powder in my inner cheeks as i would do for a dip, so that I feel I have something in my mouth – IS IT HARMFUL?! I would stop it if it is! Let me know

    THANKS

    • Congratulations on your decision to quit dip! You may want to try a better dip substitute. Baccoff non tobacco chew is made from tea and mint leaves, has the look taste, and texture of real tobacco with none of the health risks.

  11. Hello, I have been dipping a can of grizzly wintergreen a day for about 11 years and plan to quit soon. Should I try chantix or just try cold turkey? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    • David,

      Here is the first paragraph from Chantix’s website;

      “Some people have had changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or actions while using CHANTIX to help them quit smoking. Some people had these symptoms when they began taking CHANTIX, and others developed them after several weeks of treatment or after stopping CHANTIX. If you, your family, or caregiver notice agitation, hostility, depression, or changes in behavior, thinking, or mood that are not typical for you, or you develop suicidal thoughts or actions, anxiety, panic, aggression, anger, mania, abnormal sensations, hallucinations, paranoia, or confusion, stop taking CHANTIX and call your doctor right away. Also tell your doctor about any history of depression or other mental health problems before taking CHANTIX, as these symptoms may worsen while taking CHANTIX.”

      Most of these are sympyoms of nicotine withdrawal. Chantix works by blocking nicotine receptors, allowing you to continue chewing/dipping but weaning you off of nicotine. We recommend using Baccoff non-tobacco chew which allows you to continue chewing (without nicotine) combined with Nico-free herbal drops which help ease nicotine withdrawal symptoms naturally.

  12. I have been dipping snuff since I was 13. I am 50 years old and finally have kicked the habit. Although it has been only for a short 68 days, I am feeling much better health wise and I am doing alot more and going alot further than I did before. I do not run out of breath as easy as I have in the past and I am running and biking alot longer and getting stronger each day. My BP has gone down at or slightly below the noral 120/80 range. I just wish I quit a long time ago, but it is a lesson learn on my part and I cannot take it back, but I did it mostly for myself and my family. Why? Because I want to live longer and be stronger so I can see my future grandchildren. So in summary, for those wanting to quit and did what I did for years picking up this bad habit, ask yourself what is more important your family and you or your nasty little bad habit. Take it for what it is worth..

    • Tom,

      Thanks for sharing your story with us. It will help others muster the courage to do the same. Have a great day!

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  14. I feel like my dipping history is much shorter than most, but I feel as though I can relate to all these posts. I’m only 18 years old, still a senior in high school, but I started dipping in the 7th grade. At first it was just the cool thing to do and it wasn’t until my junior year that I started picking up a can a day, sometimes even 2. I always had a dip in. I decided it was time to quit when I started smoking cigarettes. I picked up my first and last pack within 3 weeks because I decided it was an unhealthy habit to get into. That’s when I realized that dipping is just as unhealthy as smoking and decided I need to quit all tobacco use. This all happened very recently and I haven’t made an effort to quit because I don’t know how. I feel symptoms of withdrawal even when I have to go to 2 classes in a row and can’t throw a dip in. I don’t know if I’m just weaker than others, or if we all feel this way. My main concern is how to quit. I’ve never had to quit anything and I need a plan before I set a date for my last dip. Any response is helpful right now guys! I need some motivation and advice!

    • Johnny, You are not weak, in fact you are stronger than so many who never even attempt to quit. Luckily you are still young. You can already see how hard this is just imagine if you had spent another year or even another decade dipping. The first few days will be the hardest. I would recommend trying to determine what your triggers are, what things you do and places you and even people you are with that make you feel like dipping and I would do my best to avoid these for the first few days at least. Then I would also recommend stocking up on a replacement. You could use gum, candy, sunflower seeds or even a fake dip alternative. It never hurts to have support, find people in your life who you trust and who have your best interest in mind and when you think you are about to dip call them and talk it out with them. They will remind you why you need to quit. The chances of your quit being successful will ultimately come down to your resolve. Don’t give up! Even if you mess up just throw the can away and continue trying. You can do this. Good luck!

  15. I have been dipping a can/day for three years, 20 yes old. Dip has always helped me justify a situation, and calmed me down during stressful times. I have a lot of older friends and their mouths are absolutely destroyed because of dip. The stuff is no joke, it’s one of the worst things you can do to your body.. my grandpa died of throat cancer and here I am, an avid dipper. I quit 24 hours ago, and my body is weak and dizzy. But I’ve noticed I can smells things that I haven’t smelled since before I dipped.. and taste is slowly becoming enhanced.. to be honest with you I want to put the biggest copenhagen chaw in right now and say forget the rest, but I cant. And I won’t, because I have a life to live. Almost finished with my degree. with my highschool lover for 4 years and going strong, got a puppy, a place to live, 2 jobs.. why throw all this hard work away for a can?

  16. I had dipped since 1984 and quit 12/13/2012. I could not go one second with out a dip or I would get violently crazy. I lost my job in June of 2012 and could not afford to buy any so I slowed it down to one can a week until I went to the correctional academy where I quit cold Turkey. For 28 years I let it control my life and still have issues mentally , but I over come the obstacles in my path with out the demon in the can. Good luck and God bless you trying to quit.

  17. My name is David.I took my first dip of Skoal fine cut when I was about 13.It made me sick.I should have quit there,but my friends were dipping so I tried it again.I turned 49 in November. I’ve quit so many times that I’ve lost count.When I get out of bed in the morning,I get a dip.I keep one until I go to bed at night.Except for when I’m eating.I don’t spit after the first couple of times.I know this stuff is probably what’s causing my stomach problems.My families been begging me to quit for some time now.I never follow through with it.I see people dying of cancer everyday,and I know that could be me.My dad died of cancer at 43.He smoked a lot,and chewed some.You would think that would be enough reason for me to quit.I have come to the point in my life that I’m sick of it controlling every waking minute of my life.So tonight,I have made the decision to quit for good.I know I will need support and a lot of prayers.So please pray for me that God will give me strength to overcome this addiction. Thanks David

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