Nicotine bags have become an alternative product for many tobacco snuffers. Nicotine pouches resemble tobacco snuff pouches both externally and in the way they are used, and both contain nicotine. However, as a consumer, you should familiarize yourself more closely with the differences between nicotine pouches and tobacco snuff, as the differences are very significant, for example in terms of content and legislation.
Note! You can order nicotine pouches in Europe completely LEGALLY, unlike tobacco snuff. Check out the customs regulations for nicotine pouches.
Nicotine bags are an alternative for many people who stop using tobacco snuff
Nicotine bags are a nicotine product intended for recreational use. Tobacco snuff, on the other hand, is a tobacco product that is classified as a recreational substance and an intoxicant. Its purpose is so-called recreational use. Both are used by holding them under the upper lip for about 30-60 minutes, where the nicotine they contain is absorbed from the mucous membranes into the bloodstream.
Nicotine bags are white in color and do not stain teeth like tobacco snuff. There are thinner and thicker versions of them for different preferences, and in most cases, accustomed tobacco snuffers want more filling in the bags they use. In addition, nicotine pouches are available in a wide variety of flavors – mint is clearly the most popular, but today, for example, fruity options are also available. Thanks to their tobacco-free nature, nicotine pouches taste cleaner and fresher than tobacco snuff, and do not cause bad breath. Many people who stop using tobacco snuff want the product to not only contain the contents of the tobacco snuff, but also to have a piercing mouthfeel, and in nicotine pouches this can be achieved with, for example, menthol, eucalyptus and chili.
Nicotine pouches – nicotine without tobacco and carcinogenic substances
Tobacco snuff mostly consists of powdered tobacco and water. In addition to them, tobacco snuff contains nicotine, salt, flavors and preservatives, as well as humectants. These substances do not sound strange, but tobacco, which takes up a large part of the contents, brings with it a huge amount of harmful and cancer-causing substances, such as
- nitrosamines = nitrogen compounds
- PAH compounds = polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
- heavy metals such as lead, nickel and cadmium
- residues of pesticides used in cultivation, such as arsenic.
The list doesn’t end there, as tobacco snuff contains a total of up to 2,500 different chemicals, 28 of which are cancer-causing, i.e. carcinogens. In addition, radioactive and highly toxic polonium 210 has been found in tobacco snuff. Sound appealing?
Like tobacco snuff, nicotine pouches contain salt, water, preservatives and flavorings (often xylitol) and a moisture binder. However, most of their content is taken up by the filler, which is normally the natural fiber cellulose. Cellulose is used as a thickener, filler and moisture retainer in the common food industry, such as bread and cheese. In addition to these natural and commonly used substances, nicotine pouches naturally contain medicinal nicotine. Nicotine, however, remains the product’s most harmful substance, unlike tobacco snuff. In Finland, it has also been specified that nicotine pouches available without a prescription can contain no more than 4 mg of nicotine per dose. The nicotine content of a tobacco snuff bag can vary between 7 and over 40 milligrams, above which concentrations are even life-threatening.
Nicotine bags with nicotine powder are therefore clearly a better option than tobacco snuff containing other very harmful compounds. Tobacco snuff is known to cause tooth discoloration in the mouth, receding gums, inflammation, tooth root decay and mucosal changes. Tobacco also ages the skin, causes fertility problems, makes bones brittle and worsens existing diseases, increasing the risk of new ones. In Finland, every third cancer death is caused by tobacco. However, nicotine pouches are not a health product due to their tobacco-free nature – they also expose you to problems and diseases caused by nicotine in oral health and the cardiovascular system. But it is worth noting that if you use nicotine products in any case, it is absolutely recommended to preferably use 4 mg nicotine bags.
The acquisition of nicotine pouches is currently regulated in the Tobacco Act
Sweden is the only EU country that is allowed to sell tobacco snuff. On average, the price of nicotine pouches is slightly higher than tobacco snuff, but this can be thought to be partially compensated for in travel expenses, which arise from, for example, tobacco snuff-seeking trips to Haaparanta. In Europe, the sale and distribution of tobacco snuff has been prohibited since 1995. This also includes offering a bag to a friend or receiving it, and illegal selling or passing it on can even result in imprisonment. According to the law, a person under the age of 18 may not possess any tobacco products. The age limit for nicotine pouches is also 18, but minors can use them in exceptional circumstances with a doctor’s prescription. Nicotine sachets are currently classified as a product comparable to tobacco. Therefore, nicotine pouches can be ordered completely legally online. You can read more about online ordering here.
An adult may bring a maximum of 1,000 mg of snus into the country for personal use in one calendar day. Ordering tobacco snuff online to Finland is also completely prohibited, but by law you can order nicotine pouches online from the EEA (European Economic Area) without any purchase restrictions. Ordering from outside the Eta area is prohibited. Nicotine bags can also be imported into Finland completely freely.
Nicotine pouches are divided into two classifications:
Mild, less than 4 mg nicotine pouches.
Strong bags containing more than 4 mg of nicotine.
Nicotine pouches with a strength of more than 4 mg are called strong nicotine pouches.
Based on this information, you should therefore weigh the reasons for your use and which product you want to spend your money on. We are happy to answer questions if you want to know more about nicotine pouches and our selection! Please also remember that ordering through our online store is reliable and safe, as we only sell products approved by Finnish law and of very high quality.
This means that you cannot make an illegal order from the Puff & Pouch online store, even by accident!