FAQ

Here you can find answers to common questions regarding nicotine pouches, snus and nicotine. We answer questions about how to use nicotine pouches, health related concerns regarding nicotine pouches and the legality of it in different countries.

What is tobacco free snus? (Nicotine pouches, All White Snus, Niqopods)

Tobacco free snus is commonly referred to as Nicotine pouches, which white pre-portioned pouches containing nicotine but no tobacco, and are described as either similar to or a tobacco-free version of snus. No combustion is involved.

Nicotine pouches often contains food grade fillers, water, salt, flavorings and nicotine. The nicotine content among nicotine pouch brands differ per pouch. Nicotine pouches are sold in an array of fruit flavors such as black cherry, citrus, peppermint and coffee among many others.

Wikipedia – Nicorine Pouches

What is nicotine?

Nicotine is traditionally used as a stimulant. When snus is used, nicotine is absorbed into the bloodstream via the oral mucosa and is transferred to the brain’s reward system. Most people experience a general feeling of wellbeing, which has both a sedative and a stimulating effect.

https://www.swedishmatch.com/Snus-and-health/Nicotine/

What is is snus?

Of all the smokeless tobacco products, it is snus which has captured most attention, because of its success in reducing the prevalence of lung cancer and other tobacco-related diseases in Sweden. Swedish snus dates back to the 18th century and is distinct from other types of smokeless tobacco products because of its composition, the manufacturing methods, and the specific standards for reducing several unwanted substances implemented by all major manufacturers. Swedish snus is the dominant form of smokeless tobacco in the Nordic countries, although all major manufacturers are based in Sweden.

The U.S. health regulators have judged a type of smokeless tobacco to be less harmful than cigarettes, a decision that could open the door to other less risky options for smokers.

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https://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/features/snus-tobacco-health-risks#1

https://gsthr.org/report/full-report-online

https://www.swedishmatch.com/Snus-and-health/Nicotine/

How to use snus and nicotine pouches?

  • Take a pouch of snus with your fingers
  • Open the lid and grab a pouch using your fingers.
  • Insert the pouch under your upper lip so that you can place the nicotine pouch between your lip and gums. Adjust the pouch to use it in a very subtle and discreet manner.
  • Keep the nicotine pouch in as long as you enjoy it. It is common to keep the pouch in for about 15-60 minutes.
  • There is absolutely no need to spit while using snus.
  • Nicotine pouches are typically not stored in the fridge, as is recommended with snus. Storing snus in the fridge to keeps it fresh longer, from drying out and keeps the taste.
  • Snus can be discreetly used  on airplanes, in the office, at a restaurants etc.
  • Feeling dizzy or nauseous from using nicotine pouches or snus might mean you have had too much nicotine.

Are nicotine pouches a less harmful way of consuming nicotine?

The advantage of switching to nicotine pouches or snus is that the airways will not be exposed to smoke. Exposure to carbon monoxide and other combustion products in tobacco smoke is also avoided. Many of these substances are carcinogenic, which is why smokers have a higher risk of developing lung cancer.

Nicotine pouches to be a good substitute to cigarettes, snus vaporizers instead of nicotine spray or nicotine plasters for instance. Many people believe nicotine pouches to have the same side-effect as the tobacco pouch or snus, which is untrue as the product is all white and free of tobacco.

Can nicotine pouches cause cancer?

The advantage of switching to nicotine pouches or snus is that the airways will not be exposed to smoke. Exposure to carbon monoxide and other combustion products in tobacco smoke is also avoided. Many of these substances are carcinogenic, which is why smokers have a higher risk of developing lung cancer.

Nicotine pouches to be a good substitute to cigarettes,

Nicotine is the primary substance in cigarettes that causes addiction, but most experts agree that it does not directly cause cancer.

Most research points to cigarette smoke, not nicotine, as being the primary contributor to cancer among smokers.

However, although most experts agree that nicotine does not directly cause cancer, some research suggests that nicotine may lead to a type of DNA damage that increases the risk of cancer.

Even if nicotine does increase the risk of cancer, the risks of developing cancer through the use of nicotine-only products are much lower than the risks from smoking. For this reason, people often use nicotine-only products, such as a way to quit smoking.

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snus vaporizers instead of nicotine spray or nicotine plasters for instance. Many people believe nicotine pouches to have the same side-effect as the tobacco pouch or snus, which is untrue as the product is all white and free of tobacco.

What are the side effects of nicotine pouches?

High doses can give rise to side effects such as palpitations, tremors and nausea, which are not unlike the body’s reactions to large amounts of coffee or other caffeine products.

Sensitivity to nicotine varies and genetic factors probably play a major role. Some people simply do not enjoy the effects of nicotine, while others can develop an addiction.

Children and young people are particularly sensitive to nicotine and should not use snus or any other products containing nicotine. This also applies to women who are pregnant or nursing. Nicotine may affect blood circulation in the placenta and could consequently affect growth of the fetus. Nicotine in blood is transmitted with the mother’s milk.

Nicotine affects blood circulation, increases the heart rate and constricts blood vessels.

People with various types of heart problems, such as irregular heartbeat or angina, should thus avoid nicotine. This also applies to people who have, or have recently suffered, disorders in blood circulation to the brain.

https://www.swedishmatch.com/Snus-and-health/Nicotine/

Growth of safer nicotine products

n 2013, the investment bank Goldman Sachs identified e-cigarettes as one of the eight emergent themes in the global economy capable of what it termed ‘creative destruction’, representing a whole new and totally disruptive technology, offering consumers a far safer product and forcing companies to either adapt or die. The market research company Nielsen identified e-cigarettes as the fastest-growing product in British supermarkets in 2014, with sales up by almost 50 percent.

https://gsthr.org/report/full-report-online

https://www.swedishmatch.com/Snus-and-health/Nicotine/

How much nicotine is too much?

Nicotine overdose depends on factors such as body weight and the source of the nicotine. However, the mortality rate from nicotine poisoning is extremely low, and some research suggests that it takes 500-1000 mg of oral nicotine to kill an adult.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319627#how-much-nicotine-is-too-much

Nicotine pouches and weight gain?

xtensive research has shown that nicotine does keep weight down in humans and experimental animals. [source]

Does nicotine make you poop?

A study found a very minor (7 percent) increase in rectal tone from nicotine — which was almost as high as the effect by a placebo water pill at 10 percent. This suggests that nicotine may have nothing to do with pooping.

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How long does nicotine stay in your system?

Two hours after ingesting nicotine, the body will have removed around half of the nicotine. This means that nicotine has a half-life of around 2 hours. This short half-life means that the immediate effects of nicotine go away quickly, so people soon feel like they need another dose.

When nicotine enters the body, it is broken down into more than 20 different substances, including cotinine, anabasine, and nornicotine. People eventually excrete these by-products in their urine.

The rate at which nicotine leaves the system is affected by:

  • how much nicotine a person uses and how often
  • how long a person has been using nicotine products
  • the person’s overall health and age

The exact length of time it takes for nicotine to clear differs between people:

  • Nicotine may stay in the body for longer in adults aged over 65 years.
  • Women tend to process nicotine more quickly than men, especially if they are taking birth control pills.
  • The body will take longer to remove nicotine in people who have smoked more frequently and for longer.

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How long does nicotine withdrawal last?

Symptoms of nicotine withdrawal are at their worst a few days to a couple of weeks after smoking. The first week is usually the most difficult, and symptoms gradually reduce over the following few weeks.

The physical and psychological effects of nicotine withdrawal include:

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Although nicotine pouches have the possibility of being a reduced risk product, there is no independent testing of their constituents, exposure or biomarkers of effects.[1] Research analyzing their nicotine delivery is unavailable.[1] The pouches contain the addictive chemical nicotine.[5]

Can you clear nicotine from the body?

The best way to pass a nicotine test is to avoid nicotine for up to 10 days before the test, as blood tests can still detect cotinine for 10 days.

There is no sure way to flush the body of nicotine quickly, but people may try maintaining a healthy lifestyle so that their body works efficiently.

The following methods may help clear nicotine from the body:

  • Drink plenty of water to flush waste products from the kidneys and liver.
  • Exercise to get the blood moving, boost circulation, and release waste products through sweat.
  • Eat a healthful diet rich in antioxidants to help the body repair itself.

Some commercial products and herbal remedies claim to speed up the body’s ability to clear nicotine from the system, but regulators have not usually tested them scientifically.

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Are nicotine pouches a less harmful way of consuming nicotine?

The advantage of switching to nicotine pouches or snus is that the airways will not be exposed to smoke. Exposure to carbon monoxide and other combustion products in tobacco smoke is also avoided. Many of these substances are carcinogenic, which is why smokers have a higher risk of developing lung cancer.

Nicotine pouches to be a good substitute to cigarettes, snus vaporizers instead of nicotine spray or nicotine plasters for instance. Many people believe nicotine pouches to have the same side-effect as the tobacco pouch or snus, which is untrue as the product is all white and free of tobacco.