What are snus and nicotine pouches?

Snus is a tobacco-based product, usually made from the leaves of the plant. It is typically made in Sweden and sold in Nordic countries where it's proved popular for centuries. To use, a portion of moist tobacco is placed under the top lip next to the user's teeth while the nicotine is absorbed into the blood cells.

Nicotine pouches work in a similar way to snus but are free of tobacco and contain only the nicotine ingredient. Nicotine is extracted from the tobacco plant and crystalised into nicotine salt, excluding any plant matter. The pouches are then filled with cellulose granules to thicken the pouch and flavouring is added.

What are the differences between snus and nicotine pouches?

The major difference between the two is nicotine pouches contains nicotine but are free of tobacco. Snus or tobacco pouches contains both nicotine and tobacco.

While it's not illegal to possess or consume snus, its sale has been banned in the EU since 1992. It can now only be purchased in Sweden. As there is no tobacco in nicotine pouches, they are legal in the UK and EU.

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