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Old 05-18-2006, 01:39 PM   #1
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How I quit dipping Copenhagen

After reading the post started by Berto and where it was going I decided to start a new thread on how I quit dipping Copenhagen. I started dipping Cope when I was about 12-14 years old. I never wanted to get addicted to it so I would dip for 3 months and quit for 3 months. This went on through high school until one day I just really didnt want to quit anymore. At that point I was addicted and stopped quiting and always thought that I could quit whenever I wanted to. I have friends now that dip and they can make a can last a couple of days. I never remember being able to make a can last more than a day. I got married in 05-98 and my wife who I had dated for years wanted me to quit and I wanted to as well after hearing that a high school friend had lost his vocal cords to cancer from dipping. This scared me bad if he got cancer then I could and we were the same age and everything. I was in a very stressful job and would go through 2 cans a day if I didnt try to limit myself. My cheeks felt like leather and would be so sore when I went to bed everynight. We are talking big 3 finger dips all the time. As soon as I woke up in the morning till I went to bed had one loaded. Hunting, fishing, working anything was a reason.

I had tried to quit many times before but the attempts were only half hearted and never lasted more than a day or so. I remember going to the doctor and talking to him about it. He told me that the physical addiction to the nicotine will be gone in a day or two and that it is all psychilogical from there. For some reason this really helped me and I looked at it as I only had to fight the physical addiction for a very short time then it was all in my head. On 05-30-1998 I decided that dipping tobacco was no longer an option for me. I had seen the mint snuff before and decided to try it. To my amazment it really wasnt bad. It did not taste like Cope but it was okay. I could still dip without the hazards and the physical addiction. I used the mint snuff for about 3 months after that. I then just started using it when I would hunt or fish. Then I just kinda stopped buying it and didnt crave anything like that anymore. I really never intended to quit the mint snuff but it just happened. I was amazed that I could enjoy a hunting or fishing trip without it. It was that much a part of my life, I actually thought I would not have a good time without snuff it.

It only took me about 2 weeks to not want the flavor of the Cope and enjoyed the mint snuff. I showed the can to my dentist and they really liked the idea as it is not bad for your mouth like the tobacco. It doesnt cut your cheeks or do anything bad to your teeth.

I had to be commited and change my way of thinking. I again had that mental thought that real tobacco was not an option anymore and it worked.

In less than a week I will have an 8 year anniversary of being tobacco free. I am 34 years old I dont miss it at all. When I see people dip I thank god I was able to quit. When I quit I estimated that I was spending close to $150.00 per month on it. I am no longer afraid of going to the dentist and have tried to keep my teeth in better shape. They are still stained from those days and the coffee I drink now but that is okay. I consider myself to be a weak willed person and never thought that I could quit but I did. I still have a lot of pride for that accomplishment. I wish I could muster the same determination to eating healthier and working out, as I could stand to lose about 40 pounds.

However food is a much more powerful drug than nicotine is. To stop smoking or dipping is something that has an end once you quite and time goes by it is over, but weight loss and weight maintence is a life long battle. I wish lots of luck to everyone that wants to quit and remember it is determination that will get you through. The thought that going back is not an option will help in that determination.

Thanks for listening and I only put this out here in hopes that it would help inspire someone to quit.
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Old 05-18-2006, 01:44 PM   #2
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Old 05-18-2006, 02:21 PM   #3
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I too was a long user of the stuff. Started out with chewing tobacco the progressed to Copenhagen. I was around 13 and now at 53 realize I have probably in that length of time had a nice boat between my cheek and gums. Heavy is correct, quitting is a mind set. For me the mint stuff helped but I was a bear to be around. One of the times I was trying to quit my wife went to the store and bought me a can of snuffÖLOL. It is not easy but at one point I made up my mind, Prepared my wife and family giving everyone pre apologies cause I knew I was going to step on some toes, Then Quit. Tried the gum but the thing that help most was getting up in the morning and asking my Lord to help me through one more day. Itís been 4 years now and you know what? I could poke a whole can in my mouth right now. I donít think the urge will ever go away. I feel better, donít gag in the morning, and can smell and taste everything. It did not come without consequences though. After I quit my weight went up and I transferred my interest from the can to the candy. My Blood sugar went out of wack and with 40 extra pounds on I was low grade diabetic. So I had another decision to make, take my medicine like a good little boy and keep indulging myself, or make up my mind for another Lifestyle change. Now my weight is back where it should be my blood sugar is normal and I feel great. So donít say you canít If I can I guarantee you can.
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Old 05-18-2006, 03:59 PM   #4
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Free at last

Great to read those words, After dipping Cope for 30 years I tried to wien myself off of it buy dipping skoal for 7 or 8 years. as of Jan. 1, 2006 I am free of all that nasty stuff. Down side is twice as many beers and 15 pounds heavier.

Thanks for the letter
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Old 05-18-2006, 04:23 PM   #5
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Oh Man, The Old 3 Finger Dip.

Man, I Know I Need To Quit.

Im In Law Enforecemnt And Go To A Store That Sells Me Cans Of Cope For 2 Bucks. It Sucks Cause Now I Dip Twice As Much.

Dis I Mention That I Need To Quit. Maybe We Should Have A Support Group?
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Old 05-18-2006, 04:38 PM   #6
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Thanks for sharing your experiences. I quit dipping around December last year and lasted about 3 months (through hunting season). Bought a can for a fishing trip one weekend, thinking I could do it occasionally, but before I knew it I had a dip in on the way to work, one after lunch and one in pretty much all evening.

When I quit the first time, I did so with the help of the mint snuff also. Like heavy duty, I eventually got to where I didn't need it at all.

I made my mind up last week, after reading another article on 2cool, that I wasn't going to have any more, ever. I'm about a week into it and doing okay. Good luck to all who are trying and congrats to those who have kicked it.
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Old 05-18-2006, 04:50 PM   #7
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what's this mint snuff ya'll are talking about. I think I will need that if I'm going to try to quit.
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Old 05-18-2006, 05:19 PM   #8
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It is snuff that is made out of mint leaves and has wintergreen, spearmint and cinnamon flavor. I liked the spearmint the best. It kinda taste like Skoal or another flavored snuff. It is not harmful and it satisfies the urges to dip. You have something to substitute that is just like what you are quiting but not bad for you.


I used to buy mine at Albertsons when they were still in San Antonio but I think most grocery stores and some convenience stores sell it. When ever you have a really bad urge it helps.
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I have not seen mint snuff in a couple of years. Anybody know if they still make it?
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I had a friend that I was fishing with one day...he chewed for 12 years and then quit...He saw me put in a dip. He asked if I wanted to quit. I told him how I've chewed for 15 years and have tried to quit on numerous occasions. Sometimes I'd go 3 months or so without a dip but as soon as I was hunting or fishing with someone who started packing a can...I was a goner. He told me that he experienced the same thing....then one day he told his doctor about his addiction and failures in being able to quit. His doctor told him that no one ever beats any addiction without really having a genuine "want" to quit. My friend told him that he infact had a genuine want to quit but when trying in the past he would immediately become cranky...emotional..and basically no one wanted to be within 5 miles of him. His doctor said that he was going to prescribe him one of those "feel better" mood altering drugs ...I cant recall what it was because this was two years ago. He was to take the pills for 1 week while continuing to chew...then after one week he was to quit chewing...throw it all away...but..continue to take the pills for one more week. After the second week of taking the pills and being 1 week chew free...He quit taking the pills and has never had the craving to start chewing again. I mentioned this to my doctor and he said lets give it a shot....it worked!!! I think that when a person quits on his own...he overcomes the addiction to nicotine in a short period of time but since he continues to notice the psychological mood difference for the next week to ten days...they start chewing again and it has somewhat of a calming effect. Atleast thats the way it was for me. By using my friends method...I felt like I was in a great mood for the two weeks I started to quit and didnt feel the need to chew just in order to "feel" better.


A few weeks after I quit, I was at my brother in laws house. He chews and we were out BBQing. His 2 yr old son was playing around us by the grill...My BIL takes a big ol dip of cope...looks at me and holds his hand out...I then noticed his son was standing about ten feet in front of us staring at his dads mouth and then he looks at me. He just stood there as if he was waiting to see what I was gonna do...Thats the Lords mercy working through that little boys gentle stare my friends...I just wish his dad could see it. It was pretty evident to me.

Now, When I'm fishing with others who chew, of course I still have that voice that says cmon and take a dip...but it seems easier for me now. This is not because of the short term method I used to quit...it's because I actually have a "want" not to chew anymore. Two little boys 1 year old. I gotta be around for awhile to be a dad...cant risk missing out because I "need" a can of chew in my pocket.
Just thought I'd share.

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