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What’s the Difference Between Snus and Nicotine Pouches?

28. april 2023

Nicotine pouches are a low-tech option for consumers wanting a tobacco-free* alternative to smoking cigarettes or vaping. They’re also a smoke-free* way to enjoy nicotine on the go.

But what’s the difference between nicotine pouches and snus? Explore the weird and wonderful world of smokeless tobacco alternatives here before browsing VELO pouches for nicotine strengths and flavours that suit you.


What is snus?

First things first: what is snus? It’s a moist tobacco product that can be bought loose or portioned in pouches. How do you use it? Users tuck snus between their top lip and gum. Snus is popular in Sweden, where it originated.

So why do people get snus and nicotine pouches mixed up? Snus pouches are used in the same way as nicotine pouches. The big difference is that snus pouches contain nicotine and tobacco, while nicotine pouches are tobacco-free*.


Is snus legal in the UK?  

No. Snus has been illegal in the UK since The Tobacco for Oral Use (Safety) Regulations rolled out in 1992. In fact, buying and selling snus is banned in all EU countries except Sweden (where it originated). It’s also available in Norway and Switzerland, which are not in the EU.


What are nicotine pouches? 

Nicotine pouches are small bags with nicotine, flavours and other ingredients inside. VELO pouches tuck between your top lip and gum, releasing nicotine for up to 30 minutes.

Nicotine pouches are tobacco-free* and come in different strengths and flavours. First, the VELO tingle. Weird. Then, a blast of flavour. Wonderful. Learn more about nicotine pouches, what they’re made from and how they work in our guide.


Nicotine pouches or snus?

The difference is simple enough: snus contains nicotine and tobacco, while nicotine pouches are tobacco-free*. Keep reading to understand how these similar products are different.


Nicotine pouches last longer than snus

Most nicotine pouches have a long shelf life; if unopened they last for  one year from the date they’re manufactured. VELO cans have a manufacture date printed on the bottom, so double-check before tucking a pouch you’ve had for a while. Snus contains more moisture than nicotine pouches, so its shelf life is shorter.


Nicotine pouches won’t stain your teeth

VELO nicotine pouches are tobacco-free* and won’t stain your teeth like cigarettes or snus**.


Snus usually tastes like tobacco

Another big difference between snus and nicotine pouches? Flavour.

Snus contains tobacco, which has a flavour that some nicotine consumers might not enjoy. Mint and menthol snus is available, which can help mask the taste. VELO pouches are tobacco-free*, so you’ll get a wave of mint or fruit instead of tasting tobacco.


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Snus is illegal in the UK

Snus is illegal in the UK.


Why VELO nicotine pouches?

VELO pouches are a fuss-free way to get nicotine without smoke or tobacco*. They come in different nicotine strengths and flavours, including high-strength pouches***. Try today and experience the pop, tuck, feel.

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*This product is not risk-free and contains nicotine, an addictive substance.
**Compared to a cigarette when smoked based on laboratory testing. Individual results may vary. This product does not reduce existing teeth stains. Other factors may contribute to teeth staining.
***For experienced nicotine users only.

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