think smokeless tobacco is "up to snuff" and safe,
think again. Whatever you call it—chewing, dipping or
spitting—it is every bit as dangerous as smoking. Many
doctors think more so because people are less aware of the
risks. Cancers of the mouth, lips, tongue and throat can
quickly develop in people who use smokeless tobacco and
leave grotesque and debilitating—even lethal—results.
the dangerous and painful effects of smokeless tobacco,
quitting with conventional means remains extremely
difficult. Many people believe the reason lies in nicotine,
a natural, super toxic chemical found in tobacco that is the
plant's protection from being eaten by insects. Analyzing
equal amounts, nicotine is more lethal than strychnine or
snake venom, and three times deadlier than arsenic.
dipping, the nicotine makes its way to the brain in less
than 10 seconds, where it generates a flood of dopamine,
resulting in a soothing sensation.
Nicotine also stimulates adrenaline production, so it
both energizes and calms. However, the psychological component of smokeless tobacco
addiction is much stronger and creates far more obstacles to
quitting smokeless tobacco than nicotine.
users took their first dip as early as nine years old. In as
little as a few months, using smokeless tobacco becomes an
ingrained habit that produces reliable stress relief. In
addition to the psychological conditioning, a social
conditioning takes place, as images of many sports
celebrities dipping also attracts young users.
that there are individual physical and emotional factors
that contribute to a chewing habit makes it easier to create
a plan to overcome smokeless tobacco addiction. Let's look
at each component separately and effective methods to curb
for Relaxation and Pleasure: Just
like using a pacifier to soothe an anxious baby, over time,
people who use tobacco products begin to associate putting
something in their mouths with relaxation and satisfaction.
Curbing the effects of tobacco usage means addressing all
facets of the addiction.
Tobacco is a Conditioned Response: The
classic example of a conditioned response relates to Pavlov
and his dogs, which were trained to anticipate food—and
thus began salivating—when a bell was rung. In relation,
if, for example, you always use chewing tobacco after each
meal, you will consequently develop a craving to chew when
you finish eating.
mind, the images of pushing the plate away and laying down
your napkin may be tied to using snuff, even though you are
not conscious of it. Becoming aware of the trigger images or
situations can help you overcome cravings.
Physical Addiction to Nicotine, But … : Despite the
intense addiction, doctors say that the physical part of
nicotine addiction is broken after people quit using tobacco
for seven days. It's my firm belief that nicotine addiction
comprises a mere 10 percent of smokeless tobacco dependency.
As such, 90 percent of the fight to quit dipping involves overcoming the mental
and emotional components.
So what does this mean for people like you who want
Quitting becomes much
easier if you can:
A. Address and remove the
tension or anxiety that compels you to use smokeless tobacco
B. Cancel the conditioned
responses to chew in certain situations
But how does one conquer
Self-hypnosis offers a way
to address the emotional and psychological components of the
addiction while reducing struggles, which will eliminate the
the withdrawal symptoms. When we understand how
self-hypnosis works, it makes the decision to quit dipping
much easier to undertake.
When people dip for
relaxation and pleasure, it's to calm feelings of
stress. People often play the same images over in
their heads, like a bad movie, which leaves them feeling
anxious and tense. With
self-hypnosis and different Neuro-Linguistic Programming
(NLP) techniques, you retrain your brain to immediately and
automatically stop stress-inducing images and replace them
with calming pictures and mental movies. This creates
relaxation and satisfaction while eradicating cravings and
oral compulsions. You lose the urge to put the chew in your
mouth, and you don't get any urge to substitute food in its
place. This quells weight gain.
To combat the conditioned
response of chewing smokeless tobacco, the NLP Flash
technique erases the associations of dipping during certain
activities or situations. This means your subconscious will
no longer trigger the craving. Further, the Flash can even
be used to create a compulsion to reject smokeless tobacco.
Using specific and
strategic NLP methods makes the decision to quit
dipping very easy and painless by avoiding withdrawal
symptoms, cravings and weight gain. The process depends on
training the unconscious mind to follow the same thought
patterns that create your mental addition to smokeless
tobacco in the first place, to eliminate the addiction.
Your brain is a powerful
tool—far more powerful than an addiction. With commitment
and the aid of self-hypnosis and NLP, you can quit smokeless
© 2007 By Alan B.
Densky, CH. This
document may NOT be re-printed. All Rights Reserved.
Alan B. Densky, CH is
an NLP Practitioner and NGH certified consulting hypnotist
who opened his practice in 1978. Since that date he
has worked with over 10,000 clients on a face-to-face basis
for stress related issues like tobacco chewing and smoke
cessation. He offers a complete line of programs including
his famous Kick Bacc! program which is designed to help
people who are addicted to chewing
tobacco kick the habit.