I began smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco when I was in high school. Being cool and fitting in were my main priorities back then. I would chew regularly, and only smoke when I drank. I never thought I would become addicted. Before college began, I decided to quit my disgusting habits. After a day of being tobacco free I went nuts. I had to have my dip. This was when I first realized that I was addicted to tobacco.
Throughout college, and the years after I finished my degree, I tried numerous times to quit. I just could not have a beer without a cigarette. Also, I could not watch a tv show, movie or sporting event without my dip. Finally, after many tries I kicked my nasty habits in the beginning of 2007.
I have been tobacco free for eight months now. The first two weeks were hell. Pure hell. I do still use nicotine replacement therapy off and on, but that is better than smoking or dipping. It is still hard from time to time especially when I drink. However, the smell of cigarettes makes me sick, and the sight of dip looks gross to me now.
If I can do it, anyone can. The key is that you have to be sure that you are ready. I also find that taking each day one at a time helps (although that is easier said than done). I wake up each day and tell myself that today I will not smoke or dip. I just hope I never slip up!