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Quitting Chewing Tobacco and It’s Journey pt 1

As a tobacco consumer it is easy to believe that more people consume tobacco than those who don’t. According to the CDC, in 2014 only 16.8% of the U.S. Population smokes cigarettes. Why you might ask, do people who consume tobacco believe that everyone is a victim. In my experience, consumers associate many of their friends with the same habit as they have. In the end we think it is a normal or common habit.

The CDC also states that tobacco in the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. This means that approximately 1 of every 5 deaths or more than 480,000 deaths per year due to smoking (CDC).

As of July 2, 2016, I have made the decision to start the journey free of chewing tobacco. Let me give you some background history about my poor choice in pursing this nasty habit. I started using alcohol, chewing tobacco, and smoking cigarettes in one single day when I was 14 years old. It all started with the wrong influence or you could say the right influence. As a young child, the focus of blending in and being one of the cool kids as they call it is important to your image. Well no one would tell me that this image I created was that of complete disgust.

When I was 19 I finally made the decision to quit smoking due to Army basic training. It was easier for me to smuggle in chewing tobacco than it was to smoke. Everyone knows that smoking creates this nasty bubble of smell that follows you around all day. Smokers begin to lose the sense of smell and lose the ability to identify the full extent of that smell. As non- smokers you know what I am talking about. It’s an awful smell.

In my experience, it is always easier to create an excuse to keep doing it or consuming. If the addiction is bad enough we will always make excuses or accommodations to continue the habit.  In the next post I will continue to explain my past history with the consumption and the ending of my relationship with tobacco.

For more statistical information about tobacco and how to quit please click on the following link.

http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/adult_data/cig_smoking/

4 Comments

  1. Rurik Frizzell

    July 23, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I really enjoyed this article. The simplicity was understandable and undeniably alarming. I also have chewed for many years. I believe this article has shown me the inspiration needed to overcome my habit. I’m on the last can, and I for real, will earnestly start and overcome chewing tobacco on August 1, 2016.

    • Justin

      July 23, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      I want to take the time to say thank you and how much I appreciate your feedback. I am fairly new at blogging and want to make the best of it. I just want to express informative ideas for people that is interested. The addiction with chewing tobacco is surreal. The first tip that I recommend is to “want” to quit for yourself. In the past I have tried quitting because other people wanted me too, and in turn, it provoked me to keep chewing. Another way is to stay positive and establish a support system. Any questions that you may have please post them here and I will gladly get back to you with ideas that may help you in your journey. Also, stay tuned as I continue to share my experience with everyone. It could help you to make a healthy improvement for a better future. We can do this together. Thank you again Rurik Frizzell for sharing your thoughts about my article.

      –Justin Hewitt

  2. You are doing so well with quitting .. There are so many people that are proud how far you have come. Your blog is going to be very helpful to many!!

    • Justin

      July 27, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you jerrieb4. My goal is to help anyone that is willing to better their health and the health of loved ones closest to them. My absolute goal is to help as many people as I can by sharing my stories and stories of events around the world. Thank you for the kind comment.

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