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Can nicotine pouches help you quit smoking?

Nicotine pouches can be called a tobacco-free version of traditional snus. These pouches, however, contain nicotine derived from tobacco or sometimes even synthetic tobacco. Due to the traditional tobacco-based snus ban in most EU countries, nicotine pouches began to become popular when they were introduced in 2003 as a close alternative to the Swedish snus. Along with traditional Swedish snus, and other popular alternatives, nicotine pouches have also been used in NRT (nicotine replacement therapy) widely to help quit smoking. Let us take a deeper look at the result, starting with a comparison between nicotine pouch and traditional snus.

Nicotine pouch vs traditional snus

As mentioned already, the primary way nicotine pouch and snus differs is that the former does not contain any tobacco, whereas the latter is actually tobacco heavy in content and flavor both. Some types of snus even contain more than 7% tobacco content along with salt and baking soda, traditionally. Nicotine pouches, on the other hand, substitute tobacco leaves with black tea leaves, along with salt and artificial flavoring additives. Both are available as loose or different sized portions. One feature of nicotine pouches is that they are all white and as a result do not stain your teeth and gums like some popular variants of traditional snus do.

Effectiveness of using nicotine pouch in NRT

In a study funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Health in 2012, it was found that nicotine pouches, despite tasting better, did not help to quit smoking as much as traditional tobacco rich snus does. However, compared to the result of non-NRT test subjects, the result was still better. When it comes to smoking cessation, most experts agree that more than anything else, the strongest force at work here is your will power. Many studies showed that nicotine replacement therapy positively augments the effort of quitting by limiting withdrawal symptoms with nicotine supplement. The effectiveness of these supplements, however, greatly varies from person to person.