Before I get into the post topic, I have a couple random thoughts that have been on my mind a lot today.
The first thought relates somewhat to the post on January 12th about rationalization of the addiction. Over the years of reading about the harmful effects of snuff use, I learned that many people suffer disease many years after quitting the addiction. In other words, a person that may have used snuff for 20 years and quit at age 35, is still almost 50 times more likely to develop some form of oral cancer in their lifetime. I remember all the times that I read this thinking, ‘why should I even bother to quit now, if the damage is already done, or if my body won’t completely heal itself’. It was very irritating to me because I had also often heard that a long time smoker’s lungs begin to heal themselves almost immediately after quitting, and can be like that of a non-smoker in less than five years. I am not going to give in to this type of self-destructive thinking like I have in the past. I am, however, going to do some more research on this subject and post my findings at a later date, so please check back.
Another thought that I had today was why you don’t hear more about snuff tobacco addiction in main stream media and publications. Sure, you will see the occasional short brochure or pamphlet in the local grade school or dental office, but smokeless tobacco addiction is never mentioned with the same vigor as smoking. Sadly, the only people that really seem to view this addiction in the light that it requires are former users who have suffered terrible and traumatic surgeries due to oral cancer. I really believe that most clinicians feel that just showing pictures of disfigured men with have a face is enough to deter children and young adults from trying snuff tobacco. It obviously is not working. Not only are more children and young adults using snuff tobacco than in the 1990s, but more non-traditional users are emerging thanks to products like Snus, which will be discuss in a later post. I guess my main point here, is that I would like to see more information that deals not only with the addiction to snuff tobacco and nicotine, but ways to deal with the even more damming associative habits that keep users hooked. Thoughts??
Now for the main post topic, Copenhagen meets YouTube. I know that when you fist looked at the title, you probably were trying to imagine just what in the world could Copenhagen have to do with YouTube. Well, up until the other night, I thought exactly the same thing. That is until I typed ‘dipping copenhagen’ into the search box of YouTube. 543 videos came back showing everything from kids taking their first dip of Copenhagen, to men recording videocasts for YouTube while dipping Copenhagen, to a group of teenagers from Canada who did a 5 minute video on nothing but all of them dipping. I was absolutely amazed. The honest truth, however, is that I related to almost every single video I watched. Watching the videos of people dipping snuff like they were actually ‘doing something’ was very easy for me to relate to. I remember being 12 and 13 years old, sneaking down into the basement of the house, or going outside to ‘have a dip’. If you watch these videos, it will amaze you at the range of people that actually made a video about snuff tobacco.
A question that may come to your mind is, ‘why is he watching video of people dipping snuff, when he is trying to quit? Isn’t that like taking an alcoholic to a bar and telling them you can’t drink?‘ Well, if you were thinking that, you have every right to question the logic. I can only speak right now for me, as I have done no research on this topic at all, but it has actually helped me stay motivated to quit over the last week. Think of it this way. Most people reading this have at one point or another over indulged in the use of alcohol. I am not condoning alcohol use; I am just making an assumption based on the average person in the United States. While being in the state of over indulgence, one might have done or said things that they typically wouldn’t, if not for the alcohol. The majority of us who have made asses of ourselves while being drunk, forget about it the next day and move on. We also don’t get to see how we look through someone else’s eye.
What if, though, we were being recorded and were forced to watch our words and actions from our drunken adventure over and over again? Do you think that might prevent us from getting drunk in the future? That is a question that can only be answered by each person individually. I can tell you though, that watching those videos of people dipping, spitting, moving the snuff around in their mouth, talking funny, having bad teeth and stained fingers, was like someone videotaping me over the last 24 years and making me watch it. Instead of making me crave Copenhagen or nicotine, it actually makes me see what most other people probably see when they looked at me dipping at one point or another. As I said, this is just a way that I have found to help out with the physical aspects of being addicted to snuff and nicotine. Please click on some of the links above and see if it works for you. And of course let me know your thoughts either way.
I will leave you with one more video link. I will not describe it, I will let you do that.
Thanks again for reading and please post your stories or updates, as it really does help others on the same road. If you want to post, please email me and I will get you access.
Matt – 14 Days Quit