What are Nicotine Pouches?

Nicotine pouches are a smoke-free alternative to continued smoking. An adult user should use a pouch by placing it in the mouth for a nicotine experience. Unlike oral tobacco products, which deliver nicotine through the inclusion of tobacco leaves, nicotine pouches are tobacco-free. Of course, the best choice any adult smoker can make is to stop tobacco and nicotine use altogether.

How to Use Nicotine Pouches

Nicotine pouches are consumed orally by placing one pouch at a time in the mouth for a nicotine experience. You should usually place a pouch underneath your top lip - between your cheek and gums. When in place, the pouch should release flavour and nicotine, which the oral mucosa (part of your gums) typically absorbs. A pouch commonly delivers nicotine for up to an hour, so you can usually keep yours in place between 5 to 60 minutes. However, the product length may vary and should be substantiated on a product-by-product basis. Once the flavour and nicotine sensation passes, you should dispose of the pouch by following manufacturer guidance. 

Do not chew or swallow a pouch. If you ingest a pouch, contact a medical professional immediately.

What is in a Nicotine Pouch?

Nicotine pouches commonly contain nicotine salts extracted from tobacco leaves or synthetic nicotine. The pouches also usually contain plant-based fibres (used to maintain pouch consistency), sweeteners and flavourings. 

Nicotine pouches are typically available with varying nicotine strengths, such as 4mg, 6mg, 10 mg, etc. Manufacturers usually categorise nicotine concentration under terms such as mild, medium, strong and extra strong.

Why Switch to Nicotine Pouches?

As an oral smoke-free alternative to continued smoking, nicotine pouches do not involve combustion. The absence of combustion is one key reason why an adult smoker might switch to a smoke-free product, such as nicotine pouches. Nicotine pouches typically do not produce smoke, smoke smell or ash. 

Are Nicotine Pouches Risk-Free? 

No, nicotine pouches are not risk-free and contain nicotine, which is addictive. The best decision any adult smoker can make is to quit tobacco and nicotine use altogether. Smoke-free products are not designed as cessation aids and are not alternatives to quitting.  

How are Nicotine Pouches Different from Other Smoke-Free Alternatives?

In the UK, nicotine pouches are one of many smoke-free alternatives available to adult smokers. Another common alternative is vapes, otherwise known as e-cigarettes. Vapes heat an e-liquid to produce vapour, typically containing nicotine, instead of smoke. Comparatively, nicotine pouches deliver nicotine without any vapour or smoke. 

Heated tobacco products, such as IQOS, are another smoke-free alternative that typically produces a nicotine-containing vapour. Unlike vapes and nicotine pouches, heated tobacco systems heat tobacco instead of burning it. These devices typically utilise specific tobacco sticks which contain tobacco. Each tobacco stick is designed to be compatible with a particular device. IQOS should always be used with HEETS tobacco sticks. Discover heated tobacco today. 

Vapes and heated tobacco products are not risk-free and typically provide nicotine, which is addictive.

Learn more about the different smoking alternatives available on our website. 

This article is for general information and educational purposes. Some of the information in this article is based on external, third-party sources and we make no representations or warranties of any kind regarding the accuracy, validity or completeness of such information. 

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