Re: Worried!! Smokeless Tobacco Use?
It is much harder to quit smokeless than smoking tobacco.
Unfortunately here's the reality. We, as a human race, have idenitified substances that increase the chance of a person developing cancer. No definite percentage has been attached to one particular substance or another, although alcohol + tobacco seems to have a greater incidence of cancer than either alone.
some people do everything right and still get cancer.
some people do everything wrong and never get cancer.
we just haven't figured it out yet. going to the dentist on a regular basis is important. every time you see a dentist or hygienist ask them to do an oral cancer screening exam. it takes about 5 mins (tops) and doesn't hurt. You should let your dentist know that you use tobacco products, some of them will look harder because you mention it to them.
Oral cancer kills a lot of people b/c we don't usually find it until it metasizes elsewhere, and by then it's usually too late. So finding it early (like any other cancer) is really the key to survival. So if you find it early you can avoid those mandibularectomies, or palatal or whatever else they want to take out.
it's hard. no doubt.
i'd say try to find a support group (sounds gay, I know), get on a prescription for zyban/wellbutrin xl, and remove any sort of situation that is going to cause the stress that makes you want to dip in the first place. Find another outlet to relieve stress. I am also a fan of taking small steps towards quitting rather than trying to do it cold turkey.
good luck man, i know it ain't easy.