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#31 Arizonalefty59

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Posted 23 January 2015 - 01:41 AM

72 hours and still going strong.


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Posted 23 January 2015 - 11:27 AM

I haven't seen it mentioned here, but would something like nicorette or the patch help for a dip habit? Intuitively, weaning off the nicotine itself should help kick the habit, regardless of the delivery system?

Your addiction is as simple as a biochemical reaction in your brain when you see, think about, or ingest the item in question. Other activities like eating, drinking, socializing can add layers of association that can be difficult to slough off, and you should think about whether partaking in certain activities will trigger cravings, but it really is all in your head. Your body does not NEED nicotine and tobacco to survive, it has simply created a conditioned (positive) response to the biochemical and emotional effects of chewing. And any conditioned response can be broken...

When you have cravings, run a loop in your mind of all the negative associations/risks with dip (health, inter-personal, professional, etc). When a craving hits, perform a designated, pre-planned task to distract yourself. Take a walk, chew on some ice, play with a yo-yo...anything. YOU are in control and can overcome the chemistry if you reduce your addiction to what it is...a conditioned response.
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Posted 23 January 2015 - 12:24 PM

View PostFairway Robbery, on 23 January 2015 - 11:27 AM, said:

I haven't seen it mentioned here, but would something like nicorette or the patch help for a dip habit? Intuitively, weaning off the nicotine itself should help kick the habit, regardless of the delivery system?

For some it might. Most miss the feeling of a pinch pressed up against your gum and cheek. That's why seeds and candy are useful when quitting.

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Posted 23 January 2015 - 08:45 PM

Ive quit for two weeks now. The first couple of days are the worst. I'm using the nicotine lozenges occasionally.

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Posted 23 January 2015 - 09:38 PM

Almost been 96 hours and today was by far the toughest, but still going.


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Posted 23 January 2015 - 10:06 PM

View PostArizonalefty59, on 23 January 2015 - 09:38 PM, said:

Almost been 96 hours and today was by far the toughest, but still going.

Stay strong and just keep reminding yourself just how big of an accomplishment 96 hours is.
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Posted 23 January 2015 - 10:17 PM

Plan to quit tuesday. It is my birthday. Found out today ill save 125 bucks a month on my insurance through work being a non user. Saving 125 in insurance plus 150 a month in chew cost will be like getting a 4000 dollar raise. Thats more than enough for a new set, so if i stay clean 6 months i am getting myself a reward being fit for full new set of pings. My wife is on board with it. If my first fitted set isnt enough motivation to quit idk what is. I said id get a new set when i graduated college, but i couldnt justify it. I think this will be a good reward. Nicorette gum worked really well ehen i quit for 2.5 years previously
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Posted 23 January 2015 - 10:24 PM

Biggest thing I noticed is the healthy gums feeling and my breath doesn't smell like $hit in the morning anymore.

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 11:14 PM

My mom had smoked for years and years but one thing she did was take the money she would spend on cigarettes every day ($4 in your case) and save it and spend it on something fun if she made I through the whole week or month. You save $120 every month you don't chew, how about upgrading a shaft or getting a new club or going and playing a top resort type course once a month with some of the money you save to encourage and reward yourself. I am thankful I never picked up the stuff but I have seen just how hard it is to quit. I think the money at the end of the week or month can be a real incentive to quit. Best of luck to you!
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Posted 25 January 2015 - 01:02 AM

Seeds or pack a piece of gum in your lip instead of a dip. I think it helps.

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#41 Arizonalefty59

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 01:37 AM

Today was brutal. I haven't dipped in 5 days but today was the first day with absolutely no nicotine.

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 02:40 PM

I'm a person that can go cold turkey for weeks when needed, then regularly go back to my 0.35 can/day habit. I don't think it was the nicotine; it was the oral fixation of a chaw in my lip and spitting. In early June 2014, I quit when I left for my annual four-week vacation. After Tony Gwynn's death, I decided to quit for good. Almost eight months later, I'm still off of it with very few cravings.

See if your work has any tobacco cessation programs that you can join. Some states also have their own (paid for by your tobacco taxes).

Good luck.

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 03:01 PM

I tricked myself into quitting.  There is a product out there called mint snuff...it's just ground up mint leaves; it tastes just like Skoal.  First thing I had to do was switch from Copenhagen to Skoal.  Bought about ten cans of mint snuff and a few cans of Skoal, gave them all to a friend of mine and told him to mix the Skoal and mint snuff together in whatever ratio he wanted, but back off the Skoal as the couple of weeks ticked by.  After a couple of weeks it was just mint snuff.  It made it easier to quit, half of the battle is between your ears.

I later asked when he quit mixing the two together; he told me the first can he gave me was the only one that had any tobacco in it, the rest went in the garbage can.

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 04:23 PM

View PostArizonalefty59, on 25 January 2015 - 01:37 AM, said:

Today was brutal. I haven't dipped in 5 days but today was the first day with absolutely no nicotine.

Stay with it. If you've done five days (which I know is brutal) you're well on the way.

Heck, use this thread as motivation. Remember all the people on here who are rooting for you to make it. Plan to post and update us everyday, that will add some motivation to stay strong.

Trust me (and I'm sure everyone else who has kicked the habit), it's worth it in the long run.
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Posted 26 January 2015 - 04:35 PM

View Postdeadsolid...shank, on 26 January 2015 - 04:23 PM, said:

View PostArizonalefty59, on 25 January 2015 - 01:37 AM, said:

Today was brutal. I haven't dipped in 5 days but today was the first day with absolutely no nicotine.

Stay with it. If you've done five days (which I know is brutal) you're well on the way.

Heck, use this thread as motivation. Remember all the people on here who are rooting for you to make it. Plan to post and update us everyday, that will add some motivation to stay strong.

Trust me (and I'm sure everyone else who has kicked the habit), it's worth it in the long run.
Still going strong. Tonight will be 7 days without dip at 11PM. That's the longest I've ever gone without one in the 4 years I've been dipping.

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 06:52 PM

This thread makes me think. I throw in a chaw every now and then and don't really think about it. Not hooked on it or anything. I go weeks or months without any. Normally only chew when I'm hunting or fishing with buddies. I think it's just more of the taste and sensation and that I associate with my favorite activities. Doesn't help that red man is delicious. Maybe it's time to cut it off while it's easy....

Good luck to everyone quitting. After a few days the nicotine is out of your system and it's all mental. Stay strong

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 12:30 AM

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 01:13 AM

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 01:15 AM

Coffee grinds in a pouch very similar to dip pouches. Taste great. Invented by college baseball players and used in the MLB. Perfect for those early mornings too. 1/4th of a cup of coffee worth of caffeine per pouch.

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 01:19 AM

View PostJ_D, on 27 January 2015 - 01:15 AM, said:

Coffee grinds in a pouch very similar to dip pouches. Taste great. Invented by college baseball players and used in the MLB. Perfect for those early mornings too. 1/4th of a cup of coffee worth of caffeine per pouch.
I've heard really good things about grinds, they got a good stable of guys too.

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 07:30 PM

I quit in December. It was my Christmas present to myself. I quit by giving myself a 5 day countdown. The first day I did as much as I wanted, which ended up being a full can. The second day, I had three: one after lunch, one after dinner, and one watching tv with my dad. The third day I had two: the one after lunch, and the one watching tv. the fourth day I just went with the one at lunch to keep it at a central point in the day. The fifth day was to see the willpower I had to actually quit, and I gave myself the OPTION to have one dip at anytime, and I didnt. Its incredibly tough, but if you can make it 5 days, you can quit. I think its something like 14 days to fully kick a habit.

Dont get me wrong, I was angry a lot of random points in quitting, there were huge headaches, and I had no desire to play golf because it was when I wold dip the most. I would put one in on the first tee, and add to it the entire day, so for about 4 and half hours I had a dip in. On 36 hole days double that time. It sucks, but its so worth it.

A little backgroud to all this: I am a college golfer, and the NCAA doesnt let us dip, so I would sneak it. At every tournament, in every round since my freshman year (I am a senior now, and freshman year is when I started). I had a lot of reasons to do it, but the biggest one being its just a terrible habit. I spent way too much money over those four years, but it was a habit for me.

Probably the best thing that happened to me when I was quitting was I took two full weeks off from golf. It made me want to go play again, and it made it easier to not dip since I hadnt had one in like 18 days at the time. Its January 28t, and Im still going strong. After a while, you still want it, but it no longer becomes the urge to find a dip. You think about it and learn to tell yourself "no." I know how hard it is, and wish anyone doing this the best of luck. You wont regret it.
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Posted 28 January 2015 - 09:15 PM

I was never really big dipper but last year I picked it up during baseball season and during finals.  Then I started doing it when I played golf.  It was nice I would throw a lip in when my game would start to stink a touch and then I would settle down and get back roling.  I had my dad caddy for me in a tournament though during the summer, and he said he would not if he caught me doing it.  So I started using seeds, and gum and forced myself to stop for a little, then going away to school I finished off the tin that I had, bought a pack of sun flower seeds and a pack of cigs.  Smoked anytime I really wanted to dip, but since smoking grossed me out so much I got about half way done it and gave it up.  And ever since then have not touched nicotine. I chewing on straws, and toothpicks helps too. Best of luck to all trying to quit.  Its possible.
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Posted 29 January 2015 - 12:05 PM

I dipped and smoked for a long time. Smoked for 20+ years and dipped for the better part of 10. I used dipping to quit smoking, and smoking to quit dipping. It was a vicious cycle. I last quit smoking about 3 years ago, and have dipped non stop since then. One day I realized that o was spitting it out after about 5 minutes because I just wasn't enjoying it anymore. At the point, I pulled over, threw away the rest of the can Andy spit cup, and just quit.

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 12:30 AM

Still going strong.

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 12:36 AM

View PostArizonalefty59, on 31 January 2015 - 12:30 AM, said:

Still going strong.

What techniques are you using to kill cravings?

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 12:50 AM

View PostPZero, on 31 January 2015 - 12:36 AM, said:

View PostArizonalefty59, on 31 January 2015 - 12:30 AM, said:

Still going strong.

What techniques are you using to kill cravings?
Just a few stogies when me and my buddies pick up a 30 rack every Wednesday and get ripped (don't have class till like 3 on Thursdays) haha.

It's weird, I really don't even think about it anymore.

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 01:48 PM

Wonder how much crap Daniel Berger gets for having half a can in his lip with the cameras on him.

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 10:19 AM

View PostArizonalefty59, on 31 January 2015 - 01:48 PM, said:

Wonder how much crap Daniel Berger gets for having half a can in his lip with the cameras on him.

Let him cook!

Glad to hear quitting is going smoothly.

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 10:54 PM

Hey AZLefty, if you had to pack one during the super bowl we forgive you man.
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Posted 06 February 2015 - 11:16 PM

View Postknock it close, on 04 February 2015 - 10:54 PM, said:

Hey AZLefty, if you had to pack one during the super bowl we forgive you man.
I did on the drive home after the game. It's unreal how much I don't like it anymore, I can't believe it. It is so easy to say no now and I don't even contemplate buying any at the gas station anymore.

Quitting has been so much easier than I thought that it's unreal.


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