A basic look at a can of nicotine pouches, in an article that gives a detailed guide on how to take snus.

As we see the rising popularity of nicotine pouches, also known as tobacco-free snus, you may have wondered how you use them. We have seen that they are expanding in popularity in Ireland as well as among many well-known celebrities. In this article, we give you a detailed guide on how to take snus.

Snus is a smokeless tobacco product that originated in Sweden and has become popular in some other countries as well. While Swedish snus is traditionally made with tobacco, nicotine pouches are not. Swedish snus is illegal outside of Sweden while nicotine pouches can are legal and can be found in most EU countries. They come in a small pouch that the user places under the upper lip. Please note that using snus is not without health risks, so it’s essential to be mindful of its usage and consider the potential health implications. Here’s a guide on how to use snus properly:

Step 1: Choose the Right Product

There are various types and flavors of nicotine pouches available on the Irish & EU market. When choosing a product, consider your personal preferences regarding flavor, strength (nicotine content), and brand. Additionally, make sure to check the expiration date to ensure you are using fresh products.

You can find many different brands of nicotine pouches online as well as at brick-and-mortar retailers. However, you will often find that the selection is more diverse with online retailers.

Step 2: Wash Your Hands

Before handling nicotine pouches, it’s crucial to wash your hands thoroughly to avoid transferring germs or dirt to the product. Hygiene is as important with tobacco-free snus and nicotine pouches as it is with any other consumable product.

Step 3: Prepare the Pouch

Take a single pouch from the can or box. Fluff or massage the pouch gently between your fingers to ensure an even distribution of contents inside the pouch. This step helps activate the nicotine and enhances the flavor release.

Step 4: Find the Right Spot

Locate the ideal spot in your mouth to place the pouch. Most users prefer placing it under the upper lip, but some may choose the lower lip. The exact placement depends on your comfort and experience with oral nicotine products.

Step 5: Insert the Nicotine Pouch

Using your fingers, gently push the pouch under your lip. Ensure the pouch is positioned comfortably, as incorrect placement may cause discomfort. The pouch should rest against your gum, not directly against your teeth.

Step 6: Leave it in Place

Once the snus pouch is comfortably positioned, leave it in place without moving it around too much. The moisture and saliva in your mouth will activate the nicotine, releasing the flavor and nicotine buzz.

Step 7: Avoid Swallowing Saliva

As the snus releases its flavor, you’ll start producing more saliva. Try to avoid swallowing this saliva, as doing so may lead to stomach discomfort or nausea.

Step 8: Monitor Time

The duration you keep the pouch in your mouth can vary depending on personal preference and the strength of the snus. Typically, people keep it in for 30 minutes to an hour. However, if you’re new to snus, you may want to start with a shorter duration to assess your tolerance.

Step 9: Remove the Nicotine Pouch

When you’re ready to remove the pouch, use your fingers to take it out gently. Discard the used pouch in a proper receptacle, such as a waste bin.

Step 10: Rinse Your Mouth

After removing the nicotine pouch, rinse your mouth with water to wash away any remaining tobacco particles. This step helps maintain oral hygiene.

Step 11: Store Unused Cans & Pouches Properly

If you have unused pouches left, make sure to store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat to preserve their freshness. Typically, manufacturers recommend storing unopened and opened cans in humidity-free places in room temperature.

Important Tips

  • Never swallow or chew the snus pouch, as it is meant for placement under the lip only.
  • Avoid using snus excessively to reduce potential health risks associated with tobacco use.
  • If you experience any adverse effects while using snus, such as dizziness, nausea, or irritation, discontinue use and consult a healthcare professional.

Remember, while snus is marketed as a potentially safer alternative to smoking, it is not entirely risk-free. The best option for your health is to avoid tobacco and nicotine products altogether. If you choose to use snus, do so responsibly and be aware of its potential consequences. We do not endorse any tobacco-free nicotine product as an alternative to smoking or vaping; we refer users who wish to quit these habits to the HSE’s resources.