Nicotine Pouches-A safer way of consuming Nicotine

Joseph Magero
3 min readAug 20, 2020


Tobacco-free nicotine pouches are used in the same way as snus. They come in form of a pouch similar to a mini teabag and generally contain water,flavors,Nicotine and plant based fibers .The user places a pouch between the upper lip and gum, and leaves it there while the nicotine and taste is being released

Nicotine from a nicotine pouch is slowly absorbed through the lining of the mouth, delivering nicotine levels similar to the levels from smoking.

What are the side-effects of Nicotine in snus and nicotine pouches?

Nicotine is not carcinogenic,it does not cause cancer ! You’ll be surprised to know that Nicotine doesn’t cause smoking-related diseases, such as cancers and heart disease .Cigarette smoking and the many chemicals it exposes a person to, not nicotine itself, presents the highest risk. According to Cancer research UK , nicotine is addictive but does not cause cancer. Most damage to health caused by smoking is due to tar. Researchers from U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) stated that “…it is primarily the toxins and carcinogens in tobacco smoke — not the nicotine — that cause illness and death.” In fact, other chemicals in smoke, such as benzo[a]pyrene, tobacco-specific nitrosamines, and benzene, are the primary causes of smoking-related diseases.

It’s the burning which cause the harm. Consuming nicotine without any burning is same like getting a caffeine rush from drinking hot coffee.Most research points to cigarette smoke, not nicotine, as being the primary contributor to cancer among smokers.The W.H.O understand this, so much so that they recommend nicotine patches for smokers looking to quit smoking.

A lot of people assume that since combustible cigarettes , Snus and nicotine pouches contain nicotine, then they must be equally harmful to one’s health.This is however , is not the case . A World Health Organization (WHO) analysis of previous research argues that snus is unlikely to cause oral or gastric cancer. As a result of this research, the WHO suggest that snus may be an important method of harm reduction.

What are the benefits of nicotine pouches?

The benefit of using nicotine pouches is that the same amount of nicotine can be consumed without exposing the airways to carbon monoxide which can cause lung cancer. Today Kenya has more than 2 Million smokers who continue to smoke despite the known consequences that come with smoking cigarettes. In a country where more than 8000 smokers die every year from smoking related diseases, it is vital that these product are made available to smokers looking to quit or consume nicotine without the harms related to smoking.If you’re looking for a way to reduce the harmful effects of smoking, but aren’t ready to give up the buzz, nicotine pouches can be of great benefit.

Many smokers experience nicotine pouches to be a good substitute to cigarettes and vaporizers instead of W.H.O recommended nicotine gum or nicotine patches for instance.The Swedish tobacco pouch snus has been around for centuries which perhaps is why Sweden is known for having the least amount of smokers and smoke-related deaths in the world.

The fact that the industry is trying to avail safer nicotine products for smokers looking to switch is a win for public health,and should be encouraged.