Sinus, snuff, and nicotine pouches are all similar products and are one of the fastest-growing tobacco niches in the industry, with analysts at IRI saying sales grew 250% last year. In the wake of over 1,000 cases of lung illness caused by vaping illicit THC cartridges, which also led to numerous deaths, politicians are calling for stricter regulation, which the Food and Drug Administration is already looking to implement.
And with retailers abandoning the product, e-cigs may be left with few alternatives than to be sold in vape shops, severely limiting access. While that would likely be a terrible outcome for smokers, since e-cigs have helped many people quit smoking, it could open a pathway for sinus and nicotine pouches to grow even more, and Swedish Match could be one of the biggest beneficiaries.
Swedish Match is the largest sinus manufacturer in Sweden, where sales surpass those of traditional cigarettes, but the U.S. is seen as where significant growth can occur. Both Swedish Match and British American have submitted applications to the FDA to have their sinus given a modified risk label, meaning they could be marketed as being safer than cigarettes.
We’ve noticed there is a lot of confusion about nicotine pouches, so this post is intended as a FAQ for people new to them and a guide to the different brands out there. Nicotine pouches are tobacco-free pouches that are similar to sinus (a moist powder smokeless tobacco product) which are filled with white powder that will have nicotine in it.
You can get these online at Snussie.com here (this company is based in Amsterdam, so it may be a bit of an inconvenience shipping to the US). Owned by R. J. Reynolds Vapor Company and sold in the US, the nicotine content for Veto is much lower than other brands (2 or 4 mg).
The flavor, though quite delicious (I tried the Citrus version above) is pretty mild, and you probably will have to take 2 at once to get the same effect as other brands. If you try On!, I recommend the mint flavor, though there are plenty of others (coffee as pictured, cinnamon, original etc).
This is an inexpensive, quality product that many people try as their first nicotine pouch, especially as it’s easier to pick up than many of the other brands here. Nordic Spirit smooth mint comes in a 13-gram can with 20 portions, with a nicotine content of 9 mg.
Not to be confused with the Uber clone, Lyft nicotine pouches are quite similar to EPO Mint that were introduced in Norway (see below), and feature slim and soft portions. Draft comes in a number of flavors (spearmint, dragon fruit, wintergreen, citrus etc) and may be available locally for you.
It’s made in Sweden and I found it the citrus flavor to be quite pleasant. Nicotine pouches the best (these are also the most popular as of now, and are available in the US, unlike many others on that list like Lyft).
In fact, at this stage, no independent research has been done yet regarding their ingredients and exposure, and that has to be done before nicotine pouches really become mainstream. Simply put the pouch between your lip and gum and chew slowly.
Nicotine has many potential minor side effects including headaches, dizziness, constipation, runny nose and more, though most people are able to take it without any issues. You should definitely see your doctor if you have more serious side effects such as allergic reactions, seizures or rashes.
UPDATE #1 : It looks like Iconic is the best online store for nicotine pouches right now as they have the best range (you can find many of the brands above there including Veto, Zen, On!, Draft and more) at very low prices (only $3 to $5). I had also mentioned snussie.com and zonexuk.com above, but these sites are not USA-based and so you should only go with them if you specifically want to buy PAY (available on snussie.com) or Zone (or if you live in the UK or Europe, of course).
UPDATE #2 : I found another very good website for nicotine pouches : BNB Tobacco. NB : If you have a recommendation for an online store for nicotine pouches, or you disagree with any of the above, please contact us.
Nicotine pouches may be safe, but they’ve had a significant amount of opposition. In Kenya, advocacy groups opposed the introduction of nicotine pouches on the grounds that they may raise the risk of cancer and heart disease.
That was based on the Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance claiming that there are higher levels of toxic chemicals in nicotine pouches, and the FDA’s position in the US is still that there is a lack of medical data demonstrating that nicotine pouches are healthier and safer than conventional cigarettes. They were introduced in 2014 (under the EPO brand) and temporarily banned in 2018 by the Norwegian Directorate of Health, a decision which was widely opposed and ridiculed by the press (the reason the Norwegian Directorate of Health gave, that nicotine pouches are a new form of a nicotine product different to the sinus already approved, didn’t seem to make much sense).
If someone is holding you accountable, you can sneak around and hide it from them easily. I decided that I wanted to quit, but wasn't willing to sacrifice my relationship over it.
I decided to get some Lucy nicotine gum and use it only when I was borderline losing my sanity. After 6 months I decided I could do some kind of nicotine socially if it came up.
In the last 6 months I've had a cigar 3 times with my friends, and it actually made me sick once haha. I woke up one day and not going to lie, was upset on how much money I wasted.
I crunched some numbers and when I saw how much I could save I knew it was time. I was in no position where I couldn’t financially afford it, it was just time.
I give myself my Juul money and let myself do whatever I want with it. I quit cold turkey without any preparation and luckily I haven’t looked back.
If anyone needs any help or anything please LMK as this sub was so crucial for my journey. I know this sounds weird, but it was honestly harder for me to say no after a month than it was the first few weeks.
I was so happy to quit in the beginning and was so committed that I was able to push through. However, after about a month I still had cravings and kinda forgot why I quit/was looking for a reward.
Staying busy is extremely important in the beginning. It’s already hard enough to quit and any trigger might make it impossible.
After about 4 months I have almost zero cravings and am disgusted I ever vaped in the first place. I ended up throwing both out after taking 15 puffs, but it’s now day 2 and these withdrawals fucking kill in the morning.
I was about to go buy another Juul and only take 10 puffs and throw it out again, but reading some of these posts gave me the strength not too. Let’s stop this stupid habit together, thanks for reading if you did.
I honestly don't know if this is just a placebo to calm my severe anxiety I'm also 18, and mountain bike here and there, so I don't think I'm having a heart attack, but Jesus someone tells me this is normal.
Every time I take action to quit nicotine my usage goes up tremendously. I was only able to finally quit cigarettes because I slowly replaced them with Juul and liked it better.
I think my most successful route will be to ween, though the 3% pods were an attempt for that and usage is still high. I’ve been smoking for 3 years now, and I don’t even get a buzz anymore.
The agency is also running public service announcements likening e-cigs to traditional cigarettes, and it is investigating purported cases of seizures and pulmonary illness due to vaping. The outcome of these efforts will come on top of the existing hurdles for e-cig makers to comply with costly and voluminous pre-approval marketing applications.
Earlier this year, it announced its intention to expand the availability of its tobacco-free brand called ZEN and said it was embarking on a major marketing rollout for it. “In the U.S., we will broaden the distribution for ZEN, to make this popular nicotine pouch product available to consumers nationally,” Swedish Match said, adding that it was building a 16,000-square-foot factory in Kentucky to support the campaign.
Swedish Match has been a prolific filer with the FDA for reduced-risk labels for its sinus, but it has so far been rebuffed due to deficiencies in its applications. The agency, though, seems to be inclined to approve the applications because it has told the company it can resubmit them once the problems are corrected.
While the deal won't be finalized until later this year, the transaction allows Atria to begin marketing the pouches immediately. Nielsen's data shows a 7.2% drop in the four-week period ending Aug. 10, but they have been in a secular decline for years.
The tobacco companies settled on e-cigs as their primary replacement, but they are now facing an early 2020 deadline to submit applications to the FDA validating their rationale for staying on the market. Because the agency is also taking a closer look at vaping as the root cause for 127 cases of teens suffering seizures, it's quite possible that even more restrictions will be placed on them -- even companies like Philip Morris International that have already made it through the regulatory labyrinth.
Sinus may be a weird-sounding cigarette alternative at the moment, but along with tobacco-free nicotine pouches like Zen, this could be where the industry's next big growth spurt comes from.