Nicotine pouches, also known as all white snus, white snus, tobacco-free snus, and many other things, have skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years.
A product that barely existed on the market a few years ago and that many people did not know about has become something that many people use daily. But why are nicotine pouches so popular?
Background to nicotine pouches
You could say that nicotine pouches are a product development of classic snus. Nicotine pouches come in portion pouches and are placed under the lip to release a flavor and nicotine experience when used. Classic snus is something that everyone knows and has a long history in Sweden. It is also something that many in Sweden use daily.
But snus and nicotine pouches are not the same. The big difference is that nicotine pouches are completely free from tobacco.
The purpose of the use is however the same. You could say that nicotine pouches are a product development of snus since it addresses several of the “problems” that some snus users experience that snus has. Because of this, nicotine pouches have grown enormously in popularity and continue to do so around the world. Here are some of the main reasons why nicotine pouches are so popular and why they are increasing in popularity around the world.
Nicotine pouches are not banned in the EU
Regulations and laws obviously play a central role in the use of various products. In fact, snus is prohibited throughout the EU with the exception of Sweden. The reason for this is that Sweden managed to persuade the EU at the time of entry by saying that the choice to join the EU would not have gone through a referendum if snus was to be banned – something that is not unlikely.
This is obviously due to Sweden’s long and important snus history and the large number of snus users that Sweden has. Since nicotine pouches do not contain any tobacco, they are therefore not prohibited within the EU either. This means that the market for this product is much larger than just Sweden, allowing many to enjoy nicotine pouches and also buy them from different countries.
Nicotine pouches exist in a wide array of flavors
Nicotine pouches come in an endless variety of flavors and the selection is constantly increasing. Classic tobacco snus, on the other hand, is only available in limited flavors and will always have a tobacco taste because this is the most central ingredient.
Tobacco snus has a very distinct taste and this is something that appeals to far from everyone. Nicotine pouches, on the other hand, which come in so many flavors, also suit those who don’t like the classic tobacco flavor that tobacco snus has.
Nicotine pouches do not stain or discolor the teeth
An important advantage that has caused many tobacco snus users to switch to tobacco-free snus is the fact that it does not discolor the teeth. Since nicotine pouches are completely white before, during, and after use, it does not lead to discolored teeth which tobacco snus does. It can therefore be a more attractive alternative for many for this reason.
Can be used anytime, anywhere
Some former smokers choose to switch to using nicotine pouches for a variety of reasons. One of these reasons is that nicotine pouches can be used anywhere, anytime. Having to constantly go outside to smoke is very impractical. It takes time, it interrupts you when you’re busy with something, and in some cases, it’s simply inappropriate.
You might be giving a lecture, sitting in a meeting, or it’s raining or it’s 20 degrees below zero outside. On other occasions, it is completely impossible to smoke, for example when you’re on a plane, a train, a bus, or many times indoors. In these cases, nicotine pouches are a very practical option that can be used anytime, anywhere, and also very discreetly.
You can easily insert a pouch when you please and then return to what you were doing. With nicotine pouches, you get pleasure without all these hassles and interruptions in your everyday life.
Nicotine pouches are smoke-free and considerably safer than smoke-products
It is well documented that combustion products such as cigarettes are extremely dangerous for your health. They contain a number of carcinogenic substances which most commonly can lead to lung cancer and a number of other diseases.
Since nicotine pouches are not burned but used orally, they are entirely smoke-free and thus do not come with all the drawbacks that smoking involves.
Moreover, nicotine pouches do not affect the environment or make you smell like smoke. More studies need to be done in order to draw definitive conclusions about the health effects of nicotine pouches, but it can safely be said that nicotine pouches are much safer than smoking from a health perspective.
Nicotine pouches are relatively cheap
Tobacco products in various forms are generally expensive. Moreover, prices continue to increase as governments around the world raise various tobacco taxes and fees. Since nicotine pouches do not contain tobacco, prices can be kept low and are therefore one of the cheapest ways to get their nicotine fix.
Nicotine pouches are regarded as a modern nicotine alternative
Nicotine pouches are seen as a modern alternative for nicotine consumption, partly due to some of the advantages already discussed above. Nicotine pouches are light and convenient to use and can be used anywhere, anytime which fits the lifestyle of many today.
As we become more health conscious, more and more people are also looking for healthier alternatives to get their nicotine. As nicotine pouches neither burn nor are completely free of tobacco, they are seen as a healthier alternative as tobacco contains certain carcinogens, of course depending on how the tobacco is consumed. Although more research is needed in the field of nicotine pouches and their health effects, it is certainly safe to say that they are a much healthier alternative than smoking.
Continuing on, nicotine pouches are a product that is a more respectful way for the environment to use nicotine than smoking. Nicotine pouches do not affect the environment like smoking does and does not cause passive smoking.
Walking around smelling smoke is something that is not appreciated by the environment in most cases. With nicotine pouches, it is rather the opposite that they can actually contribute to better breath. Last but not least, people today want greater control over the things they put in their bodies and nicotine pouches give greater control when it comes to their nicotine consumption. Nicotine pouches come in a wide range of nicotine strengths which give users full control over the amount of nicotine they consume.
They also ensure that you are not consuming a lot of other harmful and unknown substances in the process as you do with smoking. We are becoming more health conscious and this has led to the market demanding healthier alternatives. Nicotine pouches are one of the answers to this growing trend.
Nicotine pouches are growing in popularity around the world
Nicotine pouches are not only increasing in popularity within the EU. They are also increasing in popularity in the US and other countries, and the US is on its way to becoming the single largest market for nicotine pouches. For many of these markets, nicotine pouches are in many ways a new product.
Although snus and other types of oral tobacco products have been around in the US for a while, they have not gained much traction, largely due to the taste and the fact that they contain tobacco.
It is primarily in Sweden that there is a long history of oral tobacco products, and for this reason, the taste of tobacco from these products is something that mainly appeals to us in the Nordics. Nicotine pouches, on the other hand, do not have the same “threshold” for use, and the taste can be appreciated from the first pouch among users of other types of nicotine products.
The advantage of this is of course also that people who use other, more harmful tobacco products such as cigarettes can more easily turn to this safer and more attractive alternative.
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