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What Are Nicotine Pouches? The Complete Guide

Nicotine pouches have become a popular choice for people looking for a safe and efficient alternative to smoking. For anyone who is put off by the complexity of vaping, a Nicotine pouch provides a quick and easy method to get your fix - best of all, it's discreet.

Gone are the days of chain-smoking before you catch a flight, pop one under your lip and rest easy. You can use Nicotine pouches anywhere, they're excellent for office meetings or any indoor situation where smoking or vaping is prohibited.

Most importantly, Nicotine pouches are completely tobacco-free and ideal for anyone seeking to live a healthier lifestyle. In this article, we'll explain what Nicotine pouches are and delve into their history and the variety of options available to you.

1. What are Nicotine Pouches?

A slow-release oral Nicotine delivery that is inhale-free and discreet, is the core concept of a Nicotine pouch.

The design was inspired by snus, a smokeless tobacco product that was hugely popular in Sweden in the 20th century. The EU banned the sale of snus in 1992 due to its adverse health effects and the UK continues to uphold this ban, post-Brexit, through the Tobacco and Related Products Regulation 2016 (TPR).

In 2000, a Swedish company called Nicovum developed the Nicotine pouch as a tobacco-free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). Nicotine pouches are legal to sell in the UK and have been growing rapidly in popularity as an effective smoke-free option, due to their subtlety, convenience and effectiveness.

Nicotine pouches won't stain your teeth and their plant-based ingredients make them an excellent choice for the eco-conscious.


2. What are Nicotine Pouches Made Of?

A Nicotine pouch contains organic cellulose with a fleece wrapping, the Nicotine and flavourings are stored in the cellulose and released slowly without you having to do a thing. Unlike Nicotine gum, you don't need to chew the pouches, once they are under your lip, you can get on with your day.

A white tub with green label on top of Nicotine pouches viewed from above with a small green rectangular Nicotine pouch next to it and above that a small pile of light brown powder which is from inside the Nicotine pouch

You can choose from a wide selection of flavours like menthol, fruit and even creative zingers such as jalapeno! There are a range of nicotine strengths to choose from, as well as various sizes ranging from slim and discreet options to larger pouches designed for longer periods of use.

3. How Strong are Nicotine Pouches?

There are a variety of nicotine strengths available that are tailored to your specific needs. When choosing your level of nicotine, consider how many cigarettes you smoke per day. Are you a heavy smoker with strong, regular cravings? Or do you just need a smoke-free option for social occasions?

 6mg  9mg 12mg 18mg - 20mg
Social smoker Light smoker 10 a day 20+ a day

    Five tubs of nicotine pouches of varying colours and branding each with the strength facing forward

    Pouch Sizes

    Pouches are available in a range of sizes that suit any situation. Whether you're in the office, boarding a flight or spending the day outdoors, consider when and where you will be using your pouch and you'll find the right fit for your lifestyle.

    4 different sizes of nicotine pouch in size order from largest to smallest from left to right

    LARGE - These are wide, fat pouches that are noticeable when placed under the lip, but offer the advantage of much longer use of up to 1 hour. Large nicotine pouches are ideal for use at home or when you are outdoors and unable to change your pouch regularly.

    SLIM - The most common format, they are long and thin, making them less noticeable when placed under your lip and can be comfortably enjoyed for between 20 to 45 minutes.

    SUPER SLIM - Long and narrow, these pouches are ideal for use in public and make excellent travel companions in situations where discretion is required.

    MINI - For a totally invisible experience, compact mini pouches offer a quick hit of up to 30 minutes and are an excellent option for complete privacy, say for example a meeting or an interview.


    4. The Benefits of Using Nicotine Pouches

    Quick and easy to use
    Time-released cardiovascular disease
    Restriction-free enjoyment
    Won't stain your teeth


    5. How to Use Nicotine Pouches

    To use nicotine pouches, simply place the pouch in between your lip and gum, where the nicotine enters your bloodstream through the membrane lining your mouth.

    Hands holding an open nicotine pouch tub

    You will feel a tingling sensation when the pouch begins to release its nicotine. You can dispose of the pouch after 30 minutes to an hour (depending on the pouch size).

    6. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Are nicotine pouches safer than smoking?

    Nicotine pouches don't contain any tobacco and therefore none of the harmful carcinogens associated with its negative health effects. All you are getting are nicotine and flavourings.

    Do nicotine pouches contain tobacco?

    No, they are tobacco-free products made of plant fibres which contain nicotine and flavourings.

    Can you use nicotine pouches to quit smoking?

    Yes, nicotine pouches are an excellent option for anyone who wants to quit smoking. They can be used anytime you are experiencing a craving to release a steady amount of nicotine into your system for between 20 minutes to 1 hour.

    Are nicotine pouches legal in the UK?

    Yes, nicotine pouches do not contain any tobacco and are perfectly legal to purchase.


    Nicotine pouches are a hassle-free way to get your nicotine fix without having to buy any gadgets or learn anything new. They can be tucked discreetly under your lip to deliver a slow release of nicotine while you get on with your day, and are a great backup option for vapers as you can use them in any kind of situation. They are also 100% green, with pouches that are biodegradable and tubs that can be recycled.

    If you are ready to explore a smoke-free, discreet way to enjoy nicotine wherever life takes you, browse our selection of nicotine pouches today. With a variety of pouch sizes and nicotine strengths, Alternix offers a tailored experience for your nicotine journey. Take the first step towards a cleaner, greener and more convenient nicotine alternative.

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