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  1. Hawkcreek

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    It's been 95 days for me. I have friends that are deployed and sent out a care package with a can of Cope Snuff and a pack of Cowboy Killers. Can't say it bothered me at all to buy that tobacco and know it wasn't for me. I certainly didn't feel tempted at the time but now I have a faint urge to enjoy some fine American tobacco. I won't partake. But the addiction is still there waiting for a mistake.
     
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    I was a slave to Copenhagen for 30 long years; "quit" on average of twice a year. Finally it stuck, one week and then a month and then several months and then a year and now 12 years :) There was definitely some urge in the earlier days (even months), but after about six months I was pretty certain I had it whipped. After a year I knew I had it whipped, all urges (and now even a genuine disgust) went away after about two years.

    Can't tell you how much better I feel now, probably the single most important health decision I've ever made.
     
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    I started chewing & dipping when I was 13, started smoking at 16. Quit chewing when I started getting sores on the insides of my lip. When I was in the Navy started dipping again trying to quit smoking. Wound up dipping and smoking at the same time So I gave up dipping again. I tried unsuccessfully to quit smoking several times using different methods. I tried the patch, gum, hypnosis, etc. The hypnosis actually helped me the most. I quit for 7 months until I started working in a shop that didn't make us go outside to smoke. Within a week I was smoking again. Then about 8 years ago I had to have hernia surgery and I didn't want to be coughing nonstop while I was healing up. So quit cold turkey. About a year later a coworker was smoking a cigarette and it smelled good so I bummed one from him. After the second drag I had such a buzz, I couldn't function. That was the last time I smoked anything.
     
  4. Paul Caruso

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    I quit smoking in my mid 20’s. I chose to quit just before a boys weekend at the lake we did every year that involved lots of drinking. The hardest time to quit. I told myself “ I’m not a smoker so why would I want or crave a cigarette” and it worked. I had no trouble quitting.
     
  5. colter

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    I recently quit smoking. Been off for about a week. It's easy as long as I stay away from other smokers, but at the end of the day it's just a decision. The same way I quit drinking and using over 4 years ago. It was bad for me, and caused problems so it had to stop.

    The worst thing with smoking is the first week of being super irritable. Doing better now. Lots of negatives to smoking- expensive, health issues, kills my endurance, etc. I'm starting to taste food again. Not coughing all the time. It's nice.

    Every time I want a cigarette I just drink a bottle of water. Focus on something else.
     
  6. Lee C.

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    I can hardly believe I haven't had a cigarette in almost 5 years. Or dip in as long...or a cigar in a year....my pipe,I've smoked once...in a year. Just doesn't taste so good anymore. And I have a substantial collection of pipes and tobaccos.... I do vape however, 3 milligram vape juice... switching to 0 ml soon...then eventually nothing.
    The smell of cigs almost make me sick now....after smoking them for well over 25 yrs....
     
  7. kronin323

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    That's the way I went, switched to vaping then weaned myself off nicotine. Was doing no flavor, no nicotine placebo for a while until quitting altogether.

    Surprisingly, that last step, dropping vaping completely, was harder than all the nicotine step-downs. I thought after the nicotine dependency was gone it'd be easy but it wasn't. There's the emotional dependency on the ritual of the habit.

    But, when you do it, get rid of all your vape gear so you don't leave yourself that option then stay strong, you can do it. When you feel the urge just distract yourself with something else and, lacking the nicotine dependency, it'll go away soon enough.
     
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    You got this. I quit dipping 15 years ago and quit smoking 10 years ago. Every time I had a craving I did 10 pushups and 30 jumping jacks. Getting your heart rate up helps your subconscious focus on something else. I was a pack a day plus smoker so I ended up getting in pretty good shape.
     
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    I quit after 36 yrs of dipping nicorette lozenges and over 4 bucks a can finally i had enough
     
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    Started dipping in highschool then moved on to smoking. I quit 100's times it seems like, quitting is the easy part! At age 34 I quit cold turkey and never looked back. It is possible to do!! I never changed my habits tho, I continued to drink beers and coffee just without smokes. I mean I cheated a few times in the first month but after that I haven't had a cigarette in a decade.

    Good luck, you CAN do it.
     
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    One way of looking at things is if you start back up again, you didn't actually quit. You just took a break. Lots of people talk about how many times they quit, what they mean is how many times they tried to quit. To truly quit, you only do it once.

    Is this that time?
     
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    I smoked for around 20 years and quit about 4 years ago after numerous attempts. I finally really wanted to do it and, like others have mentioned, I put the extra health and money savings into other ventures like running, hiking, etc. I never looked back. Sounds like you are at the same place I finally got to and i bet you don't look back either. I hope you finally kick it!
     
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    Today is 14 days quit and the withdrawal symptoms are gone, now its just a mind game trying to learn to drive, cut the grass, or sit in the office without a dip. I have found that teaza pouches help quite a bit, and give me a good kick of energy to get up and get moving.
     
  15. Glenn Rowe

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    I smoked for 40 years. It took me six tries to quit.

    For me, Lesson Number One is "If you backslide/fall off the wagon/whatever-you-call-it, don't beat yourself up about it. Guilt-tripping yourself isn't helpful. Just think about what happened, capture whatever lesson(s) you learned, and begin again.
     
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    Im not a quitter, because ive never started. I do work for a dentist tho so i felt i should let u know that while snuff isnt good for your gum/skin inside your mouth, it is acidic and kills bacteria, so make sure you keep ur brushing up
     
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    Do you have a link to the podcast you listen to? Thanks

    Dear GOD thank you that our brother want to quit dipping. Dear GOD we ask for our brother to no longer have cravings and that by Christs strength he will get through this, in Jesus Christ name Amen.

    Philippians 4:13 New Living Translation (NLT)
    13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
     
  18. 2stoves

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    I smoked 4 packs per day when I quit Jan 1999 and had smoked for over 30 years. Even 20 years later I will get the urge and have to walk away from where ever I am. Toughest addiction I have ever dropped. Way harder than drugs or alcohol!
     
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    Wish you all the luck in the world. Giving up smoking. Was a hard fight for me.
     
  20. Revinmama

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    Substance addictions in any form (smoking, drinking, chewing, drugs, sugar, chocolate) are very hard to break. I commend all of you for your efforts, and pray for continued success. Another area of great concern is behavioral addictions in their many forms: over-eating, excessive exercise, compulsive shopping or gambling, hoarding, pornography abuse with or without various sexual addictions, etc. These folks are equally in bondage, and their addictions ruin their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Many of these are thought to be innocent pass times or "victimless crimes" -- but the reality is far more grim than many people realize. There are at least two sets of victims: First, the addicts themselves, who are the victims of their poor choices or whatever personal trauma they experienced that led them to self-medicate their pain in these ways. Second, the spouse, children, grandchildren and other family, friends and employers who walk the addiction journey alongside of them. All of them need great grace and mercy, along with supportive education. The very unfortunate part is that most addicts will not use the resources available to them to break the cycle of addiction. They go on to leave a wide wake of destruction behind them. Your stories of quitting offer hope. Thank you for sharing.

    Marlene
     
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    One thing I can say is I quit after getting married a couple years ago I was a miserable grumpy person while detoxing so just be sure to let the ones around you aware so they know why if that is a particular way it effects you. Bad part is sometimes when things feel stressful I still jones for a pinch here and there but still kept off it, going on almost 3 yrs and Im hoping that passes one of these days. But best of luck and you can do it we are all here for ya .
     
  22. Benjamin Shoemaker

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    I prayed for the desire to be taken away. Smoked reds for 20 years and also dipped some of that time. i told myself and others several times that I quit and I would start right back up. One day I made up my mind and new it was made up. Smoked the last one and prayed a lot for the desire to be taken away. Never really craved a cig after that. After a few months I decided to test myself and see if I still wanted one. Asked a coworker for one and lit it up. felt great and like a long lost friend at first and the 2 puffs later I could barely breathe and threw it away. coughed for the next 10 mins and said a lot of bad words. never desired one again. It really proved to me that I had beat it. I do miss the "cool" part of it when watching westerns. Dipping was easy to quit. I still have a taste for it every blue moon or so but it is easily dismissed when I look a the price tag. Just pray and really meant it that you want to quit, then quit.
     
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    Yep, kicking the physical addiction is just the first step. Getting rid of the psychological "triggers" and impulses, and the mind games your addiction tries to play with you, is another thing entirely. That's where habit substitution can come in handy. My substitute was chewing gum. Took about another year after the addiction was gone.

    And still, today, after 15 years, I occasionally get momentary urges to smoke. They last about 10 seconds and then they're gone until the next time.
     
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    Amen to that. It's "voice" gets weaker over time but, no matter how many years pass, it'll still be there.
     
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    Tobacco is the worst habit I have ever enjoyed.
     
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    I’ll be honest, I dipped for 15 years, I was a slave too Copenhagen Long Cut....I quit cold turkey June 2017. I still crave it every freaking day, but I’m off it at least.
     
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    You know that of which you speak. Very well put.
     
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    Smoked my last cigarette was in November of 1971,,, Herself didn’t and still doesn’t like the smell of tobacco smoke. Never desired to smoke anything but fish and venison since...

    Lucky thing for me that I was young and eager to please...
     
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