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Snus Strengths: All You Need To Know When Choosing Nicotine Pouches

Tobacco-free snus - also known as nicotine pouches - can work as an alternative to smoking. But when it comes down to making a shift towards these products, it can be challenging to find a brand, flavour, and strength level that works for you. This is especially true now that the market is bustling with hundreds of alternatives and strengths options, making it harder to navigate the sea of codes, rankings, and terms. 

This guide by Northerner aims to eliminate all the guesswork by providing you with actionable tips and a straightforward scale to select the right nicotine pouches strength for your needs. Let’s get started. 

Snus Strengths: Let’s Cover The Basics

Finding the perfect snus strength without undergoing costly trial and error isn’t easy, but there’s a lot that you can do to improve your chances of getting it right from the get go. If you're exploring snus as an alternative to smoking or other nicotine based products, understanding what tobacco-free snus is and its strengths can help. Let’s cover what you need to know below. 

What Are Nicotine Pouches?

Snus is a moist powder tobacco product that originates from Sweden and has found popularity across the world. Traditionally snus contains tobacco, which is something that has impacted its legality and availability in several regions or countries. 

Since 1992, selling snus in the European Union, including the UK, has been against the law, mainly due to health concerns and aggressive marketing strategies from US manufacturers.

Given these implications, many users looking for an alternative to smoking have turned to tobacco-free snus - also known as nicotine pouches. These pouches, which don’t contain tobacco, consist of nicotine either extracted from tobacco or synthesised. The nicotine is then combined with natural fibres, flavour extracts, and fillers. They offer an alternative way to use nicotine without the use of tobacco.

The Differences Between Snus And Nicotine Pouches

While snus and nicotine pouches might seem similar at first glance, there are key differences worth keeping in mind:

  • - Tobacco Content: Snus contains tobacco, while nicotine pouches are tobacco-free.
  • - Legal Status: The sale of snus is restricted within the EU, while nicotine pouches, being tobacco-free, are legally available in some countries, like the UK.
  • - Aesthetic Impact: Nicotine pouches are typically white, which ensures they don’t stain or discolour teeth, unlike some snus products.
  • - Ingredients: Nicotine pouches contain natural fibres and flavour extracts, while snus includes actual tobacco leaves.

Snus can also offer different effects compared to nicotine pouches. 

Snus Strength Vs Nicotine Pouch Strength

When comparing the nicotine strength of snus and nicotine pouches, you are likely to find some similarities. Both products carry a number or scale ranking, which determines its nicotine content and, in turn, its strength. 

However, the experience you’ll get is not solely about the numeral value. The perceived strength of both nicotine pouches and snus can vary greatly depending on flavour profiles and other ingredients.

Nicotine Pouch Strength: How Much Nicotine Is In A Snus Pouch?

Understanding nicotine pouch strengths is straightforward, thanks to the clear labels on each product. Here's a quick breakdown:

  • - Mg/g: Indicates milligrams of nicotine per gram of the pouch's content. For example, 15mg/g implies 15 milligrams of nicotine in each gram.
  • - Mg/pouch: A direct measure of how much nicotine is in each pouch, such as 15mg/pouch signifying 15 milligrams of nicotine in the pouch. 

    Most providers of nicotine pouches offer a range of products with nicotine content varying from 1.5mg per pouch up to 20mg of nicotine per pouch. 

    You can also interpret the nicotine pouch strength by looking at the terms included on the label.

  • - Visual Strength Scales: More dots or a longer line indicate a higher strength.
  • - Text and Numerical Strength Labels: Terms like 'strong' or numbers (e.g., '4' for strong) provide a quick reference to the pouch's strength.

Nicotine Strength Categories

At Northerner, we categorise our nicotine pouches by strength, using a simple, easy to interpret scale. Here’s all you need to know: 

Less Intense (Up To 3 Mg Per Pouch)

Our Less Intense range is perfect for those new to snus and nicotine pouches. This selection offers a low nicotine content, ranging from 0.1-3 mg per pouch, and an array of flavours -  including mint, citrus, coffee, and fruit from renowned brands like ZYN, VELO, & Nordic Spirit. Ideal for first-time users seeking a subtle experience.

Normal Strength (3-6 Mg Of Nicotine Per Pouch)

The Normal Strong collection includes snus and nicotine pouches with a standard nicotine strength of 3.1 to 6 mg per pouch. This balanced range includes virtually every brand in our catalogue, offering a wide range of flavours and sizing options. Normal Strong products are suitable for any nicotine user.

Strong (6-9 Mg Of Nicotine Per Pouch)

Nearly every among the most popular brands of nicotine pouches worldwide features in our collection of Strong pouches. In this category, pouches contain between 6.1 to 9 mg of nicotine and come in a vast array of flavours. Strong nicotine pouches are recommended for seasoned and frequent nicotine users, who are accustomed to higher nicotine levels.

Extra Strong (9 Mg And Over Of Nicotine Per Pouch)

Extra Strong nicotine pouches contain between 9 mg and 12.5 mg per pouch. They come in a wide range of flavours that can influence your overall experience, and are primarily recommended for those long-standing nicotine users who are looking for an alternative to smoking.

3 Tips To Choose The Best Nicotine Pouch Strength For You

Tobacco-free nicotine pouches tend to be much more affordable than other products, including snus and cigarettes. For example, on Northerner, tobacco-free snus prices start at £1.80 per can. Nonetheless, the last thing you'll want is to waste money and time on products that don’t meet your expectations! That’s where the guidelines below can guide you towards choosing the right nicotine pouch for your needs from the very start. 

Assess Your Tobacco Use Habits And Nicotine Tolerance

Understanding your nicotine tolerance is the first step when selecting the right nicotine pouch. A typical cigarette may contain about 11.9 to 14.5 mg of nicotine, but individuals generally absorb only 1-1.5 mg of nicotine per cigarette. So, reflect on your daily consumption to gauge your tolerance and experience needs. 

Experiment With Different Flavours

The flavour of a nicotine pouch can alter the user's experience. Our flavour range includes Mint, Citrus, Berry, Fruit, and Coffee. Each flavour provides a distinct taste profile. These flavours may affect the perceived strength of the pouches, particularly in lower-nicotine options. Meanwhile, Berry and Fruit types provide a combination of sweet and tangy notes, which may modify the strength perception of your pouches.

Start With Lower Strengths First

For those new to nicotine pouches, it is advisable to begin with lower nicotine pouch strengths. This approach allows your body to adjust gradually, preventing you from feeling overwhelmed and experiencing side effects such as feelings of nausea. 

Starting low can also help you gauge how different strengths affect you and what limits you should stick to. Over time, you can choose to explore higher strengths as you become more accustomed to nicotine. 

Finding The Perfect Tobacco-Free Nicotine Pouch Strengths At Northerner

If you are struggling to find the right product for your specific needs, the specialists at Northerner can guide you in the right direction. Get in touch with us today to find out more about our offers, promotions, and features - or browse our range of tobacco-free snus


Why Are People Choosing Nicotine Pouches Over Snus?

Users are drawn towards nicotine pouches due to several advantages over traditional snus, including:

  • - Tobacco-free: Pouches offer a nicotine experience without tobacco.
  • - Discreet use: White pouches leave no discoloration, ideal for use anytime, anywhere.
  • - Variety of flavours: A broad flavour palette caters to diverse tastes.
  • - Legal Availability: Accessible in regions where traditional snus faces restrictions.

Is Snus Legal In The UK?

No, snus is not legal to sell within the UK. This stems from a wider European Union ban in place since 1992, following concerns about health issues and aggressive marketing tactics by manufacturers. Although it's illegal to purchase or sell snus in the UK, using it, provided you are over the age of 18, remains legal. Nonetheless, tobacco-free nicotine pouches remain the legal, more widely available alternative across the EU and the UK.

Can Switching Strengths Impact My Nicotine Pouch Experience?

Absolutely. Adjusting the nicotine strength can significantly alter your overall experience! Higher strengths provide a more pronounced nicotine impact, while lower strengths deliver a subtler experience. To start, opt for lower-strengths products or gauge your tolerance to nicotine from other products like tobacco or cigarettes. This can ensure a smoother transition to nicotine pouches.

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