If you are chewing tobacco, you are much better of than people who smoke cigarettes. Nobody will hustle you about passive smoking and behave self-righteously towards you. You don’t have the “health police guys” breathing down your neck. The witch-hunt hasn’t reached tobacco chewing yet.
Chewing Tobacco and Your Health
But that doesn’t mean that tobacco chewing is good for you – and you know it. And that’s why you want to quit dipping. Most people don’t realize that tobacco chewing is just as dangerous as smoking.
According to the American Center of Disease Control, every single year 30,000 American citizen are diagnosed with mouth and throat cancer. Most of them die within five years.
Sure, you won’t get lung cancer from it – but you still got a wide range of cancers to chose from if you chew tobacco regularly. There are a whole lot of other health issues, like receding gums, oral cancer, bad smelling breath, ulcers, hypertension, sores, tooth decay, higher risk of cardiovascular problems and more.
One dip of chewing tobacco will release about the same amount of nicotine into your body if you have it in your mouth for a couple of minutes as would smoking three cigarettes. And nicotine is addictive, no matter whether you inhale it or absorb it via your gums. And of course, it stains your teeth, causes bad breath (also known as halitosis), and stains your spit brownish.
There are many ways to quit chewing tobacco, but remember that you are dealing with a real addiction. One thing that you can do is to make one day a week your tobacco free day. For example, make this a Sunday. And then, simply try to schedule as much fun activities into that day, so that you won’t have a stressful day where you are more likely to be having difficulty to fight the urge to dip.
Also, make sure that the people around you know what is going on and praise you for it. Social support can be a really big help at this stage. At least after six weeks, make it two tobacco chewing free days a week, and then more and more.
However, it can still be really difficult. If you want to speed the whole process up and also make it easier for yourself, get some help from the other side of your mind.
Hypnosis can help you to stop tobacco chewing and deal with nicotine withdrawal symptoms a lot easier. If you try to quit with willpower alone, you will quickly notice how difficult it is.
We human beings only have a certain amount of willpower available at our disposal, and it is tiring to constantly use will power just so that we do not do a certain thing. It can really drain you of emotional and physical energy and cause you to be irritable and moody.
Fortunately, with hypnosis you don’t need to rely on willpower alone, because you have a much more powerful friend who is fighting on your site – your subconscious mind. In fact, with the help of hypnosis you can quit chewing tobacco within much less than 90 days.
A lot of people who want to quit aren’t sure whether they really can do it. And if you use hypnosis it does not even matter whether you are sure or not. You will just quit dipping anyway.
Spit tobacco is particularly popular among baseball players. One reason is that it helped players to keep their mouth moist on the dusty playing fields – this goes way back into the 19th century when the rules of the game were first laid out.
“I tell these guys, ‘You may not like what I say, but with lung cancer you die of lung cancer,'” … “With oral cancer, you die one piece at a time. They operate on your neck, they operate on your jaw, they operate on your throat.”
– Joe Garagiola
Baseball legend Babe Ruth died at age 52 because of oropharyngeal tumor (cancer in the back of the throat). It’s a common way to die for chewing tobacco addicts, and he was very fond of the habit.
Now that the increased risk of oral cancer caused by chewing tobacco addiction is widely known, there is a rule that no chewing tobacco is allowed during interviews with players, but it is still allowed on the playing field. This is a real problem, as athletes are idolized by millions of teens throughout the states.
Texas Rangers player Josh Hamilton gave up dipping in July 2012 and one of the things that helped him over the withdrawal period was using toothpicks treated with tea tree oil, chewing gum or sunflower seeds. Another famous player is Brandon Snyder who is still trying to stop chewing tobacco, but hasn’t succeeded in overcoming the addiction completely yet.
And using tactics like these can help you to stop eating tobacco too. But ultimately it’s an inner game – you have to fight that battle with yourself, to resist the urge, to keep your hands off the stuff. And that’s why you won’t find anything more effective than helping you to stop chewing tobacco than hypnosis.