If you think smokeless tobacco is "up to snuff" and harmless, think again. Whatever you call it - chewing, dipping or spitting - it is every bit as harmful as smoking. Many medical professionals judge more so because people are not as aware of the threats. Cancers of the lips, tongue, mouth and throat can swiftly develop in people who use smokeless tobacco and leave grotesque and debilitating - even lethal - results.

In spite of the painful and dangerous effects of smokeless tobacco, quitting with usual methods is very challenging. A lot of people think the reason lies in nicotine, a natural, super toxic chemical found in tobacco that is the plant's protection against being eaten by bugs. Looking at equal amounts, nicotine is more lethal than snake venom or strychnine, and three times more lethal than arsenic.

When dipping, the nicotine makes its way to the brain in less than 10 seconds, where it creates a flood of dopamine, which brings about a soothing feeling. Nicotine also increases adrenaline production, so it both energizes and calms. However, the emotional element of smokeless tobacco addiction is much stronger and produces far more challenges to quitting smokeless tobacco than nicotine.

A lot of users took their first dip as young as nine years old. In just a few months, using smokeless tobacco becomes a fixed habit that delivers reliable stress relief. In addition to the psychological conditioning, a social conditioning occurs, as images of many athletes dipping also attract young users.

Understanding that there are individual physical and emotional factors that contribute to a chewing habit makes it easier to develop a plan to prevail smokeless tobacco addiction. Let's examine each component separately and look at effective methods to curb them.

Dipping for Relaxation and Pleasure: Just like using a pacifier to soothe a restless child, over the course of 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 components of the addiction.

Tobacco Dipping is a Conditioned Response: The classic case in point of a conditioned response relates to Pavlov and his dogs, which were trained to anticipate food - and thus began salivating - after a bell was rung. In accordance, if, for example, you always chew tobacco after each meal, you will consequently have a desire to chew when you finish eating.

In your mind, the images of folding the napkin and pushing the play away may be connected to using snuff, even if you are not conscious of it. Becoming aware of the situations or trigger images can help you overcome cravings.

The Physical Addiction to Nicotine, But … : In spite of the powerful addiction, medical professionals maintain that the physical component of nicotine addiction is broken after people quit using tobacco for a week. It's my strong belief that nicotine addiction comprises a scant 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 to quit?

Quitting becomes much easier if you can:

A. Address and eliminate the tension or anxiety that compels you to use smokeless tobacco
B. Cancel the conditioned responses to chew in specific settings

But how does a person defeat those issues?

Self-hypnosis offers a way to tackle the psychological and emotional components of the addiction while eliminating difficulties, which will eliminate the symptoms of withdrawal. When we appreciate how self-hypnosis works, it makes the decision to quit dipping much easier to take on.

When people dip for relaxation and pleasure, it is to soothe feelings of stress. People often play the same images over in their heads, like a bad movie, which leaves them feeling tense and anxious. Using self-hypnosis and various Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques, you retrain your brain to instantaneously and automatically prohibit stress-inducing images and trade them with soothing ideas and mental movies. This generates relaxation and satisfaction while eradicating cravings and oral compulsions. You elude the urge to put the chew in your mouth, and you will not get any urge to substitute food in its place. This suppresses weight gain.

To resist the conditioned response of chewing smokeless tobacco, the NLP Flash technique removes 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 deny smokeless tobacco.

Using specific and strategic NLP methods makes the decision to quit dipping smokeless tobacco quite easy and painless by sidestepping cravings, withdrawal and weight gain. The process depends on training the unconscious mind to adhere to the same thought patterns that create your mental addiction to smokeless tobacco in the first place, to eliminate the addiction.

Your brain is a powerful instrument—far more powerful than an addiction. With steadfastness and the help of self-hypnosis and NLP, you can quit smokeless tobacco forever.

Author's Bio: 

Alan B. Densky, CH is a leader in the use of NLP stop smoking methods. He now offers a powerful Stop Smokeless Tobacco program based on the same methods. See more at his Neuro-VISION self hypnosis site where you can watch Free NLP videos and articles.