Quitting Smokeless Tobacco

Chewing tobacco or snuff got its hooks into you?

Want to quit?

Quitting smokeless tobacco can be accomplished within a few days if you follow some guidelines.

First a few facts...

Fact No.1—Whether you smoke, chew, dip or other way of getting your nicotine fix; you have to fix that fix! Two or three days without nicotine and you're home and hosed—there's no nicotine left in your bloodstream.

Fact No. 2—You might be home and hosed with your physical nicotine addiction, but you're likely getting a bit hosed off with missing your emotional attachment. More on that in a moment.

Fact No. 3—With quitting smokeless tobacco, it's essential that you replace the ritual of chewing or dipping with something else. This is very important—that's fer shure.

Here's some more stuff on the above facts... no I didn't say snuff — you're giving that up aren't you?

What sort of kick do you get out of nicotine? It can affect people differently, but the basic facts are that nicotine stimulates your central nervous system; increases your respiration; and constricts your arteries thus raising your blood pressure making your heart beat faster.

Depending on how many certain neural pathways you have in your brain, and also oddly depending on whether you are stressed or laid back, nicotine can hype you up or calm you down.

With smoking, nicotine gets to your lungs on the tar in the smoke. The lungs absorb it and it tootles off to your brain within 7 or so seconds after each puff. With smokeless tobacco, it takes 3-5 minutes to affect your brain.

When you cease and desist any nicotine delivery, your system goes into withdrawal and naturally enough you miss it. Give up anything you're used to, whether it's food, an old friend, morning coffee, or even something horrible, like a bad relationship... and your thoughts will linger on what it used to be like.

Physically, when quitting smokeless tobacco, those brains receptors will quickly give up complaining and shut down and not need nicotine, but it's that old attachment in your mind that you miss. This can be especially wrenching if you used nicotine as your prop to get you over life's little bumps.

You'll find that you have unconsciously associated certain environments or people with your habit. When you quit your habit you now have to give yourself new rewards in these environments—or avoid certain places and people until you are safe.

Ready for quitting smokeless tobacco?

What to do now?

Don't even think of disobeying this order! Get yourself some healthy snacks, gum, cloves, cinnamon sticks and so on to have on hand when an urge strikes.

Don't stuff any old food in, space it out, and make it healthy. And remember you are not replacing your baccy with a constant food habit; you are simply having something on hand for if and when you need it. You will gradually need it less and less.

And keep your hands occupied too. From ripping up a stress ball to weaving a mat, there's no excuse not to have something to turn to to keep your mind and hands involved and NOT REACHING FOR THE BACCY TIN.

It all sounds so simple here, but it does involve your commitment to keep to your goal. Like anything worthwhile, that bit of effort will reward you a hundredfold.

More importantly it's such a major drag to have to face up to this quitting thing ever again, so do your best to avoid all that guilt, stress and wasted time, effort and money.

Quitting smokeless tobacco can be done smoothly and quickly with expert help, and our Quit for Good course, with the free bonus E-book to stay quit is just the ticket. It serves exceptional well for keeping on track when quitting smokeless tobacco as well as for smokers.

HOME page — How to Quit Smoking Guide