Why Do You Want to Quit Dip?

There are a lot of good reasons to quit dip. Do you want to be healthier? Look your best? Save money? Whatever your reasons are, quitting dip is the right choice.

Think about what’s most important to you right now. Does dipping help or get in the way of what’s important? You can also try asking yourself these questions:

  • What do I miss out on when I dip?
  • How does dip affect my health?
  • Is dip stopping me from looking the way I want?
  • What do my friends and family think about dip?
  • What will happen to me if I keep using dip?
  • How will my life get better when I quit?

Remembering why you want to quit can inspire you to stop using dip for good.

Need more reasons to quit dip?

There may be benefits of quitting that you haven’t even thought of yet, including some that kick in as soon as you stop. For example:

  • You’ll look better without dip in your mouth.
  • You’ll have more money to spend on things you enjoy.
  • No more worrying about when or where you can dip.
  • Food will taste better.

Over time, quitting dip also means:

  • No more tobacco stains on your teeth and gums.
  • No more sores or white patches in your mouth.
  • You’ll be less likely to get sick (like with a cold).
  • Lower risk of cancer, heart disease, and other serious health problems.

The bottom line: Quitting will make you feel better and improve your health.

Make a list of all the reasons you want to quit dip.

Keep the list in a place where you will see it often, like your car or where you used to keep your dip. It might also help to keep the list on your phone. When you have a craving for dip, take a look at the list to remind yourself why you want to quit.

Dip Quiz: Myths and Facts

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Sorry, but dip won’t help you run faster, or throw farther, or lift more. This bogus myth has been around for a long time, and scientists have actually studied it. They found exactly zero evidence that using dip makes athletes perform better.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health

Put an average-sized dip in your mouth for half an hour, and you’ll get as much nicotine as if you smoked 3 cigarettes. Remember — nicotine is the stuff in tobacco that gets you addicted.

It might seem like everyone’s using dip, but they’re not. In fact, 9 out of 10 guys in high school don’t use dip. It’s less common than you think.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

If you’re already smoking, don’t start dipping too. There’s no evidence that switching will help you quit smoking cigarettes. All tobacco is harmful, and you could wind up addicted to both.

Sources: National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society

Nothing can really undo the damage that dip does to your mouth, teeth, and gums — besides quitting. All the brushing and flossing and dental check-ups in the world won’t be enough.

Source: National Institutes of Health

What changed? Companies started to spend a lot more money on dip ads and promotions — and adding sweet, candy flavorings — to appeal to younger people. Is that what got you started?

Source: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

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