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Can nicotine pouches help you quit smoking?

Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things one can do. But it is also the best thing you can do - for your health, your quality of life and for your loved ones.

Anyone with nicotine addiction knows how hard it is to make the last cigarette actually remain the last one. So, is it possible to make that part of the journey easier? Absolutely! With smart strategies to handle the emotional cravings, and effective remedies to manage the physical side, you will improve your chances profoundly.

In the following, we are addressing the pros and cons of nicotine pouches – a modern-day quit smoking product that is both discreet and flexible.

Everything about nicotine pouches

What is nicotine pouches?

Nicotine pouches look like traditional snus pouches but are different in many ways. For starters, nicotine pouches do not contain tobacco, but only the active substance nicotine. They are classified as medical products, not as “recreational products” like snus. Read and take them according to the instructions to ensure you get the best result against your withdrawal symptoms.

You can find nicotine pouches in pharmacies and supermarkets.

How to use nicotine pouches?

Nicotine pouches are used the same way as snus pouches – i.e. you place one under your lip. The effect is long-lasting, and they are a good alternative in situations when you can’t, or are not allowed, to smoke.

How it works step by step:

  • Moisten the nicotine pouch with your tongue and place it under your lip.
  • Keep the nicotine pouch in for about 30 minutes.
  • Do you want to release more nicotine? Occasionally move the pouch around in your mouth.
  • Normal usage is 8-12 nicotine pouches per day.
  • Note: Don’t use more than 24 pouches per day.

What are the pros and cons of nicotine pouches?


  • Discreet
  • Easy to regulate how much nicotine is released in the mouth
  • Can be used anywhere – e.g. during air travel or in other non-smoking environments
  • Do not contain tobacco – meaning you avoid all hazardous and carcinogenic substances and heavy metals found in tobacco.

A big advantage of nicotine pouches is that they are dry. It is not a pouch containing a lump of moist tobacco, but rather a piece of cellulose fibre sprayed with nicotine. You can control how much nicotine is released in your mouth, by moving the pouch from side to side, or by moistening it using your tongue.

The fact that the pouch is tobacco-free is another big plus. Tobacco contains harmful toxins and carcinogenic substances. Using nicotine pouches means you avoid getting the following substances into your system:

  • carbon monoxide
  • tar
  • lead
  • ammonia
  • cadmium

and thousands of other harmful substances found in tobacco.


  • May feel uncomfortable and stingy if you are not used to using snus.
  • More difficult to eat and drink with the pouch in the mouth.
  • Does not occupy your hands, which otherwise is a common habit of smokers.

As with all other nicotine drugs, it is a matter of what the individual feels most comfortable with. Some people don’t like, or have bad experience from traditional snus. If so, nicotine pouches may not be the best option.

However, if you don’t like to chew gum or to wear nicotine patches, then nicotine pouches can be the perfect aid on the journey to become tobacco free.

Are there any side effects from using nicotine pouches?

Although nicotine is not carcinogenic, it is still a toxin. An intake of nicotine obviously has some effects on your body. Too much nicotine can lead to:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating

Nicotine pouches can, like snus pouches, lead to gum irritation and teeth discoloration.

How much nicotine do nicotine pouches contain?

Zonnic’s pouches come in different strengths:

  • 4mg nicotine
  • 2mg nicotine

You can choose between 4mg and 2mg – one stronger and one weaker, simply put. The nicotine content in nicotine pouches is lower than in common tobacco products: cigarettes contain an average of 12mg, while traditional snus has about 8mg nicotine per portion.

Help! I accidently swallowed a nicotine pouch! What happens now?

Take it easy. It is not harmful to swallow a nicotine pouch 😊, however, the body’s ability to absorb the nicotine is adversely impacted.

I am pregnant/breastfeeding. Can I use nicotine pouches?

No, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should refrain from using nicotine in any form. Nicotine adversely impacts blood flow in the placenta and uterus, which leads to significantly lower oxygen supply to the foetus. This may cause severe complications.

If you are using nicotine, it may pass through breast milk to your baby when breastfeeding.