Nicotine pouches and snus share some similarities but they are not identical products and therefore have several important differences. Nicotine pouches are also known as all-white snus, white snus, tobacco-free snus, nicopods, nicotine pouches, among others.
These different terms can create some confusion, so before we start, let’s clarify these and what they mean. Most people are already familiar with snus, so let’s focus on nicotine pouches to start.
What are nicotine pouches? How do the terms differ?
The most widespread terms in Sweden are nicotine pouches, nicopods, all-white snus, or all-white portion.
The biggest difference between snus and nicotine pouches is the fact that nicotine pouches do not contain any tobacco. But this is also where the different terms can create some confusion. The term “white snus” and similar is sometimes used to refer to snus that is made with white tobacco. Regular “white” snus is just tobacco snus that has not been moisturized in the last step. In another case, it may refer to snus that contains tobacco, just like traditional snus, only that the tobacco is white. This can be achieved by washing or treating the tobacco so that it becomes completely white instead of its classic brown color. If you look at the market, products that use washed tobacco make up a relatively small part. The largest part of the market consists of either traditional tobacco snus, or nicotine pouches, which are completely free of tobacco.
At Swenico, we focus solely on nicotine pouches – that is, white snus completely without tobacco. And since this category is significantly larger than white snus that has washed tobacco, this is also what most people mean when they say “all white snus”, or any other term that refers to snus that is white.
We believe that nicotine pouches or tobacco-free snus are the most appropriate terms to use because these only refer to products that are completely free of tobacco.
So, what are nicotine pouches?
Simply put, nicotine pouches can be described as snus without tobacco. Instead of tobacco, nicotine pouches contain various forms of plant fibers. Like snus, nicotine pouches also contain nicotine.
Nicotine pouches resemble regular portion snus, with the difference being that they are completely white. They are also used in the same way, placed under the upper lip. Nicotine pouches remain white both before and after use.
The market for tobacco-free snus – nicotine pouches – has exploded in recent years, both in Sweden and internationally. This is because nicotine pouches offer many advantages and also appeal to those who are not used to traditional Swedish snus.
In simple terms, nicotine pouches are snus without tobacco. Instead of tobacco, nicotine pouches contain various plant fibers. Just like snus, nicotine pouches contain nicotine.
Nicotine pouches resemble regular portion snus with the difference that they are completely white. They are also used in the same way, and placed under the upper lip. Nicotine pouches remain white both before and after use.
The market for tobacco-free snus – nicotine pouches has exploded in recent years, both in Sweden and internationally. This is because nicotine pouches offer many advantages and also appeal to those who are not familiar with classic Swedish snus.
Since nicotine pouches do not contain any tobacco, manufacturers have significantly greater opportunities when it comes to flavoring these products. This is the reason why nicotine pouches come in a huge variety of flavors that continue to grow. From citrus to mint, to raspberry, jalapeno, apple, and much more. Snus has long been considered an excellent alternative to reduce smoking and serves as an alternative to smokers. Snus is the main reason why smoking in Sweden is the lowest in all of Europe. With the advent of nicotine pouches, many believe that this can contribute to reducing smoking throughout Europe as flavored nicotine pouches are a more attractive option for many smokers than classic snus.
Nicotine pouches also exist in a wide array of formats, like snus:
In addition to this, nicotine pouches are also available in different levels of moisture. Classic tobacco snus comes in loose, white, and original. White snus means that the snus does not undergo the final step of moistening, which makes these portions drier and less runny.
Most of the nicotine pouches made today are in a slim format and comfortably fit discreetly under the lip. For those who want an even more discreet option, there is the mini-format which are small and discreet beads. Those who appreciate the classic feel of a normal bead size can also choose this.
Nicotine pouches exist both as dry and moist.
These can come in different forms but often the all-dry pouches have a more powder-like content, but not always.
Generally, neither dry nor moist nicotine pouches run and are completely spit-free. Some may find that classic tobacco snus runs a lot and has to spit, so nicotine pouches are a better choice as these do not run at all or only minimally.
Nicotine pouches come in a variety of nicotine strengths, from 3 mg/g to extra strong. Compared to traditional snus, there is not much difference in terms of nicotine strength, but generally, nicotine pouches offer a wider range of nicotine strengths. Although snus is available in a wide range of options, nicotine pouch manufacturers offer a better selection of strengths for the same “model.” This is because regular tobacco snus normally does not have any added nicotine. The nicotine in the pouch comes solely from the tobacco used.
The classic General white portion, for example, only comes in one nicotine strength. Nicotine pouches, on the other hand, usually come in at least 2 nicotine strengths for the same version, sometimes more.
What is the difference between nicotine pouches and snus?
The primary and most important difference between nicotine pouches and snus is that nicotine pouches do not contain tobacco. Instead of tobacco, nicotine pouches contain various forms of plant fibers.
The main and most important difference between nicotine pouches and snus is that nicotine pouches do not contain tobacco. Instead of tobacco, nicotine pouches contain different forms of plant fibers.
Technically speaking, nicotine pouches could be considered a product and further development of classic tobacco snus. Many believe that nicotine pouches offer several advantages over tobacco snus. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key advantages of nicotine pouches compared to tobacco snus.
Benefits of tobacco-free nicotine pouches
Some of the most important benefits of nicotine pouches include:
- No drip. People who normally spit while using tobacco snus no longer need to do so with nicotine pouches.
- Nicotine pouches exist in a wide array of flavors
- Some don’t like the tast of tobacco or the “classic tobacco taste”
- The breath is not negatively affected as it is with snus
- The teeth are not stained or discolored
- Nicotine pouches come in a wider range of nicotine strengths (tobacco snus also does, but the choices tend to be more limited).
- Faster nicotine release – the nicotine rush tends to be quicker with nicotine pouches compared to tobacco snus, while also releasing nicotine over a longer period making them last longer.
- Nicotine pouches contain no tobacco. Even if the research is not clear, there are some studies that indicate that tobacco can have some negative health effects
- Nicotine pouches do not neet to be stored cold
These are just some of the many benefits of tobacco-free nicotine pouches. Which other benefits do you see that make you use nicotine pouches?
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