What are nicotine pouches and who are nicotine pouches suitable for?
The number of users of nicotine pouches has grown explosively in recent years, when people who used to smoke tobacco found the smokeless way to use nicotine. The product is also marketed to young people, but for whom and for what use are nicotine pouches basically intended?
This article covers the topics of what nicotine pouches are, who they are suitable for and why they should be used.
What exactly are nicotine pouches?
Nicotine bags were originally created for people who quit smoking, especially to alleviate the craving for tobacco and the withdrawal symptoms caused by tobacco. Nowadays, nicotine pouches are replacing e.g. tobacco and snuff. Although nicotine pouches are similar in appearance and use to pouch snuff, the most essential differences can be found in the contents of the products.
Nicotine pouches do not contain tobacco, which is why they do not contain carcinogenic substances at all. There are more than 60 carcinogens in cigarettes and tobacco smoke and 28 in snuff. In addition to them, they contain a lot of other substances that are dangerous to health, such as heavy metals, ammonia and carbon monoxide. Nicotine pouches, on the other hand, consist of non-toxic natural fiber cellulose, to which nicotine has been added and, for example, preservatives, acidity regulators and sweeteners used in the food industry.
In pharmacies, shops and kiosks, you can find many nicotine replacement therapy products that meet different needs. When using nicotine pouches, chewing gum, lozenges, inhaler and oral spray, the nicotine concentration in the body rises quickly – usually in about half an hour. So they can help with surprising nicotine cravings. Nicotine patches, on the other hand, release nicotine into the body slowly and steadily during the day, and can thus relieve withdrawal symptoms better.
For an experienced snorer, using nicotine pouches may feel natural, while on the contrary, snoring may cause an uncomfortable tingling sensation for an inexperienced snorer. For smokers, the challenge may be not to touch the hands while using the nicotine pouches, but the positive aspects are the possibility to use the product indoors and without disturbing other people. Nicotine bags are inconspicuous, uncolored and, apart from sweeteners, also fragrance-free, so they can be used, for example, in customer service professions. The choice of the product is therefore influenced by everyone’s own preferences and usage situations, and the most effective option can be found by experimenting.
Nicotine pouches may be a suitable option for you if:
- you want to get rid of smoking or tobacco products
- you want to reduce your current nicotine use
- you understand that this is a drug for nicotine replacement therapy, and not a health product
- you are at least 18 years old (use as a minor only with a doctor’s prescription)
- you are not pregnant or breastfeeding
Can you get an overdose from nicotine pouches?
When talking about nicotine pouches, nicotine snuff, or whatever you want to call it, you have to remember that it’s a nicotine product just like any other. Although the bags contain very little nicotine (4 mg), they must be used sensibly. With 4 mg nicotine sachets, you cannot do significant damage to yourself or take a lethal dose, but it is important for an inexperienced user to monitor their own state of mind. If you are not at all addicted to nicotine products or are not an experienced user, you may feel worse the first few times you use them.
Nicotine overdose is especially familiar to snus users – the feeling has worsened very quickly after the first few uses. The same applies to nicotine pouches. When you use nicotine pouches for the first time, it is possible that you will get the so-called overdose. This is NOT life threatening. Symptoms usually include headache, nausea and even palpitations. Some people also have these symptoms:
- Pasty mouth
The symptoms usually pass within a few hours at the latest and do not require immediate medical attention. We recommend drinking plenty of fluids and food, so you can get rid of the symptoms faster. However, if you feel significantly worse, contact your doctor.
Tip: In the future, only use max. 4 mg nicotine pouches so you don’t have to experience an overdose of nicotine sachets.
Nicotine pouches and nicotine poisoning
As mentioned above, nicotine pouches can cause mild nicotine poisoning in an inexperienced user. If you haven’t gotten your body used to nicotine, the first few times you use it, your body will have to to get to know a new and foreign substance in the body. This can cause weakness and a bad feeling, but the symptoms usually go away very soon and after just a few uses, your body is used to nicotine and the symptoms of poisoning will no longer appear. For experienced nicotine users, such as snuffers and smokers, it is VERY unlikely that nicotine pouches will cause even mild nicotine poisoning, as the nicotine content in the pouches is very small.
Reasons why nicotine pouches can cause mild nicotine poisoning:
- Nicotine is a foreign substance to your body
- The nicotine in the bags is absorbed quickly
- You have eaten badly
- Your body is too dry (add fluids)
- You consume several nicotine products with nicotine pouches (for example, you smoke and use a nicotine pouch at the same time)
Start with mild, 4 mg – 12 mg nicotine pouches
You should definitely start using nicotine pouches at max. with 4 mg strength nicotine sachets. These can be purchased completely legally in Finland via the internet. The biggest benefit of the 4 mg nicotine pouches is their minimal nicotine content, which allows you to avoid possible health hazards that can come from, for example, smoking or snuffing. Mild 4 mg nicotine pouches are especially suitable for those who quit smoking or snuff and for people who want to enjoy nicotine in a very delicious form. All bags are bleached and do not cause teeth staining unlike sniffing.
Nicotine pouches with a strength of more than 15 mg cause serious addiction
You can also get nicotine pouches with a nicotine concentration of more than 4 milligrams, but you should only use them when you are already aware of how nicotine pouches affect you. Nicotine bags can be used to reduce nicotine use, but the main goal of using all nicotine replacement therapy products should always be to stop using all tobacco and nicotine products within 3-6 months.