Introduction

In the course of writing this book, I had sent a copy of the manuscript to a research scientist who has written a book about quitting chew. He has dedicated much of his life to tobacco cessation and I wanted his opinion on the book. He was kind enough to review it and offer some suggestions. He told me that he found the book to be interesting and well written and that he particularly liked my personal anecdotes. He also recommended that I collect data and feedback via interviews and that I needed more data to support any claims that my book is unique or has been proven to be helpful in the fight to give up chew. At first I found this to be very discouraging. I work full time and have 2 young children. Where was I going to find the time to find a clinic willing to give out my book and then sit down and interview people and then analyze all the data? This suggestion certainly has value-especially coming from a well respected and educated research scientist. I thought about it for as few days and then I realized that the medical research and all the clinical studies and trials, while being valuable, simply was not the approach and philosophy that I wanted from the beginning. I didn’t want to add information to the book just to make it longer or to make it sound that I was smarter than I really am. I wanted it to be short and concise and directly to the point. I did not, and do not want to include a bunch of medical information that I felt wasn’t necessary. My direction for this book was that it was simply written by someone who has been there and has walked in the shoes of all the people who have become slaves to this habit/addiction. While I certainly respect the people in the medical and research community who have dedicated their lives to helping people overcome this addiction, I have been on the websites and read years’ worth of comments and responses from chewers and feel that this book addresses the issues and challenges that prevent people from giving up chewing tobacco. I have seen all the similarities, problems and excuses and feel that this book speaks to a majority of those issues and will be helpful to those looking to quit chew. Let me be crystal clear on this, I in no way wish to denigrate any of the work done by the researchers. These folks have dedicated their lives to this cause. While a tremendous amount of time and effort have gone into this book, the truth is that I have not dedicated as much as they have. Thankfully, they have chosen this and I am sure they have helped many people. Our goals are the same-I am just choosing a different path to the same destination. It is not my goal to fool anyone or represent myself as something other than what I am-and that is someone who had used tobacco for years and after many attempts to quit, finally found the way to do it. I have compiled that process the best that I could. This is what worked for me and I am hoping that it will work for you as well. Depending on where you live, the cost of this book is going to be the same as approximately 3 or 4 cans of chew. I hope that it is much more valuable to you than that. I hope that you get, not only your money back, but your life as well.