My name is Jeff and I’ve been a nicotine addict for 21 years give or take. Except for a few close friends who are fellow nicotine addicts this was done in the closet. My primary infusion method was to dip; Cigars perhaps on the golf course. Dipping allowed to me infuse myself at work and at home - in the bathroom or at my desk when no one was around. Dipping had very little smell so the act could be concealed. I dipped when I woke up, on my way to work in car, when I got to work, before lunch, after lunch, on my way home, once before bed and if I stayed up late once more. (Not sure what I’ll do with an estimated 14 ours extra time per week.) As a white-collar profession, I always wondered what the clerk was thinking when the guy with the suit showed up to buy 3 cans of chewing tobacco.
I had secret stash locations in the bathroom, sock drawer, pockets in jackets, and in my car. I’d ‘stop’ by convenience stores with my kids and tell them I was buying a pack of gum. Many times if I ran out at night I would wait for everyone to go to bed, then sneak out to get to the convenience store and back; I had the route mapped out 1.1 miles there and 1.1 back. I could do the round trip in about 9 minutes at one point. Was I upset when that store closed and I had to go to one that was 2 miles away. I used about 2 cans a day, 3 can specials cost around 9.99 so I spent about $50 per week ~ $2,500 per year.
Like others I’ve tried to quit many times. Sometimes I’d get 24 hours in, a few times I got to 100 hours. I would tell myself that one dip would not be a big deal but like the website says – it’s a slippery slope and soon thereafter I was back on the original schedule.
Primary triggers were stress at work or at home. ( I am going have to figure out other outlets for this stress because they are not going away.) Boredom was another. Inability to concentrate was another big one.
My reasons to quit – family and health. I’d like to see my kid’s kids. I need to get back into marathon shape. I’ve been choosing to dip rather than exercise for the last year so I have really ballooned up.
Lucky for me, we just had a snowstorm. So I haven’t been able to leave the house for several days. The family is going skiing this weekend so if I can just get by tomorrow at work I should be able to get to 240 hours which will be my world record. Currently, I am at 160 hours. First 3 days were a breeze. Now, every hour I am having mental craves. I’ve noticed working out helps out so I am heading out to the gym.
Thanks for hosting this forum. I’ve read the information in the past but I have not joined up.
Cheers! Wishing myself and others in the same plight good luck!