Patient Comments: Smokeless Tobacco - Experience

Question:

At what age did you first start chewing tobacco? Please share your experience, including why you started. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Prakash C, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 12

I started chewing tobacco in 6th standard due to friends from home town. From that day it has been continuously increasing with the years. I tried every way to stop, but… Yeah, I once stopped chewing for almost 2 or 3 months, but after a break for a relief I started again and now it's been 9 years and can't get rid of it.

Comment from: rojero miguel, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 18

I started chewing tobacco first while in the navy. With all the down time I had I needed something to keep me busy. I've tried kicking it multiple times trying to save money and live a better life but it seems I can’t.

Comment from: Nature, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 13

I started chewing tobacco at age 13. I started because people say you get a really good buzz. Now I regret every second of it. Because it is awful.

Comment from: Mangesh , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 20

I started chewing tobacco at around 22 years of age. I started just because of physical exertion. Now it has become an addiction. I still feel I want to give up but cannot. Only in 2008 I gave up for a full year and again started.

Comment from: Tyler, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: March 15

I started chewing tobacco at 17, I only started because all my friends were doing it. I am starting to research more of the dangers of this stuff and don’t really want to put myself in that bracket for cancer. I’m 21 now and trying to quit, 24 hours so far with none!

Comment from: Shaaho, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 21

I first started chewing tobacco when my age was 16, and because I felt lonely. And today 6 years I am addicted.

Comment from: johnG, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 31

I am 47 and started with Red Man chew when I was 12. My dad did it and I would steal a pouch and do it without his knowledge. I dip Copenhagen long cut 3 to 5 cans a week. The worst thing is I work in a dental office and can’t seem to quit. My wife keeps telling me to quit. At least I have cut back form 7 cans a week.

Comment from: Magat , 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: June 11

I started chewing tobacco when I was 16 year old. Now I am 25 and want to quit. At first I took this to avoid memory of one sided love.

Comment from: chew22, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 25

I have been a dipper of tobacco for 41 years. I started in college, quit 2 or 3 times for 3 to 6 months during the last 41 years to always go back. It is very hard to kick the habit. I actually don’t even like it! But I still can’t kick the habit.

Comment from: Maheshravi, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: February 07

I started chewing tobacco when I was 14 years old. Now I'm 23 but I want to kick that habit but I am not able to kick it.

Comment from: Umesh, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 20

I first started chewing tobacco at the age of 28 due to tension in personal life.

Comment from: dolphins, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 21

I first started chewing tobacco when I was 9 years old, I am currently 45. I have tried quitting several times, today I am trying again.

Comment from: Anil J., 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 28

I started tobacco chewing at the age of 30. I started because of high work load and tensions.

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Comment from: mapstone14, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 02

When I was 6 my mom punished me by putting chewing tobacco straight in my mouth. But joke was on her because I left it in and spat it on the floor. So yeah, I have been chewing since I was 6.

Comment from: Ty, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 02

I started chewing Skoal and leaf tobacco at the age of 15. By the time I was 16 or 17, I chewed Copenhagen snuff. I am now 33. I quit several times over the years, the longest being for about 6 months when I enlisted in the Army. I am an avid swimmer and very healthy; except for this Copenhagen habit! Well, I just quit and am only on day 2. I'm definitely craving right now but just trying to take one day at a time, for my 3 kids and beautiful wife! Good luck to everyone else going through the same thing!

Comment from: Whiteeagle, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 04

I'm a Gold Star father who started chewing Copenhagen snuff over 4 decades ago. I was a light smoker who had stopped smoking to get in shape for a high country back pack elk hunt in Colorado. My hunting bud from Colorado turned me on to Copenhagen. About a year ago while having a dental checkup, my dentist found a small spot on the roof on my mouth. He wasn't overly concerned, but I became aware of the potential of developing mouth cancer. I can't tell how many times I tried to stop chewing only to fall short. A woman I love very much was diagnosed with lung cancer 2 months ago. Thank goodness the cancer was found before it had a chance to spread. She is in her third week of recovery from the surgery, but it has been brutal on her as she developed an infection that spread throughout her body. I stopped chewing Copenhagen 10 months ago. I started vaporizing nicotine like the e-cigarette in lieu of smoking. If you are like me and want to stop smoking, or chewing, this is a viable alternative to ingesting nicotine into the body. It is equally addictive, but you can taper the percentage of nicotine in the oils you use down to zero. Do your own home work on this new industry. It could save your life.

Comment from: Birdie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I started dipping tobacco when I was 20. My roommate and friends got me into it. I mainly dip when I drive.

Comment from: Vvvr, 35-44 (Caregiver) Published: January 04

I started chewing tobacco at the age of 19.

Comment from: Jason, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 09

When I was 18 or 19 my roommate in college got me started on chewing tobacco.

Comment from: Bella, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 08

I started chewing tobacco pouches at age 45. I'm now 50.

Comment from: mike, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 22

I started chewing tobacco at 16 years old and have lost about 8 teeth and have more that are bad. I just wish I had the will to quit.

Comment from: Lawrence Prai, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 23

I started chewing tobacco at age 12

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