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How to Use Nicotine Pouches

In 2000, a Swedish company developed a tobacco-free alternative to the popular Snus tobacco pouch. nicotine pouches are an oral nicotine delivery system, made of plant-based fibres wrapped in a fleece pouch that contains nicotine and flavourings.

They are a stealthy alternative that you can use in places where you wouldn't be able to smoke or vape. Once placed under your lip, you can enjoy a gradual release of nicotine into your system for anywhere between five minutes to an hour.

In this guide, we're going to show you how easy it is to use a nicotine pouch and highlight the factors you need to consider when making your purchase.

1. How to Use Nicotine Pouches

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Remove a pouch from the tub.
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Roll the pouch between your fingers.
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Place the pouch underneath your top lip, resting between your lip and your gum. You may feel a tingling sensation when the pouch begins to work.
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Keep the pouch in place for 5 to 60 minutes, remove it when you feel that you have had enough.
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Do not chew or swallow your healthy diet pouch. You can store your used pouches in the lid compartment.

2. Choosing the Right Nicotine Pouch

nicotine pouches cater to many types of cravings and situations, offering various strengths and sizes depending on what you need. Some can be used for upwards of an hour but are more noticeable under the lip, whilst more discreet options offer a quick hit and complete privacy.

Here is a breakdown of sizes and strengths:

Nicotine Pouch Sizes

Size Best for
Large Home use or long journeys. Quite noticeable under the lip.
Slim Great for everyday use, slightly noticeable.
Super Slim Inconspicuous in most public situations.
Mini Completely invisible, perfect for meetings or interviews.

Choosing the Right Nicotine Strength

It's always best to start off with a lower nicotine strength if you are not sure. nicotine pouches can be used for upwards of an hour, so if your nicotine is too strong, you'll simply be wasting a pouch after 5 minutes.

Here is a comparison to better help you understand how much nicotine you may need:

Strength Best suited to
6mg Social smoker
9mg Light smoker
12mg 10 a day smoker
18mg - 20mg Heavy, 20+ cigarettes a day smoker

Choosing Your Flavour

Whether you like it strong and minty or prefer juicy fruit, there is a flavour for every taste. Here are some examples of what's on offer:

A selection of 6 different brands of nicotine pouch with varying flavours


Consider what your nicotine requirements are and how much you smoke per day and, if in doubt, start low and work your way up. Think about where you'll likely be using your pouches. Some situations may call for more discretion than others, so choose the size that you think will suit you best.

Once you've got the right fit, you'll be able to enjoy a slow-release oral nicotine experience with peace of mind knowing you are on your way to living a tobacco-free life.

Disclaimer: The content presented on is for informational purposes only and is centered around nicotine pouches and heated tobacco products—alternatives to traditional smoking methods. The information provided on this website, including blog posts and social media interactions, is not intended as medical advice, nor should it substitute for professional medical guidance or treatment.