The use of Swedish snus and nicotine pouches is increasing, but what are the effects, risks and consequences of snus for your health? You will probably have seen the articles from the RIVM about Swedish snus. You can find various articles in newspapers and other media about Snus, that it is the latest trend in the Netherlands but also that Swedish snus and nicotine pouches are addictive and harmful. What exactly does the RIVM want to do regard to the use of Swedish snus and the nicotine pouches from Sweden?


RIVM’s message about Swedish snus being harmful and addictive.

In a press release from the RIVM it is said that nicotine pouches can induce and maintain a nicotine addiction. Swedish snus can cause various complaints such as nausea, irritation in the throat, oral cavity and stomach complaints when it is used with an excessive dose of nicotine. 
The RIVM warns consumers against its use, especially young people and non-smokers.
It is well known that consuming nicotine in any way is addictive and carries risks. Complaints can occur, especially with a high dose of nicotine. For this reason, you often see warning stickers on the packaging of nicotine products. These stickers are there to consciously warn consumers against consuming nicotine and also to indicate that you must be 18 years or older to buy it legally.


The Effect and Consequences of Nicotine pouches

The effect of nicotine is mainly that it has a paradoxical effect, which means that it has a stimulating and calming effect. This effect is of course temporary. Nicotine can induce any of the following feelings when consuming it:

  • relaxed feeling
  • A calming feeling
  • Feeling of satisfaction
  • Vigilance and alert
  • Better concentration, memory and learning ability.

With a too high dose of nicotine, other, often negative, feelings will be aroused. For example, users often say that they are bothered by the reactions below.

  • Bad concentration
  • Less active
  • Feeling restless and anxious
  • Nauseous
  • Dizziness

If you get nauseous and dizzy when using a nicotine pouch, this is a sign that you have chosen a nicotine pouch that is too strong. We recommend that you remove the nicotine pouch immediately and drink a glass of water, this will reduce the side effects. It is therefore also important to build up the nicotine strength as a new user. Can't figure it out yourself? Please feel free to contact us to help choosing the right strength for you.


Risk of consuming Swedish snus

Swedish snus is an attractive substitute for smoking a cigarette. The nicotine pouches can be used anywhere and without bothering others, such as when smoking a cigarette. The white variant of Swedish snus is without tobacco. The white nicotine bags are available in different flavors. The RIVM cites this as one of the reasons why this product is attractive for young people to try and consume it. As a result, they want new regulations and more available information about the products.


Are Swedish snus and nicotine pouches; healthy or unhealthy?

The RIVM has written several articles about Swedish snus and especially highlighted the disadvantages. Of course, it is known that nicotine is not good for your body, especially when the dose is too high. The RIVM only forgot to mention that the use of nicotine pouches compared to a cigarette is much less harmful, both for the user and for its environment. This is because there is no combustion process and there are far fewer harmful ingredients in a cigarette.


Toxic substances in a cigarette

A cigarette contains many toxic substances. Tobacco smoke is extremely toxic. Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,500 chemicals, of which at least 40 of those substances have been studied to be carcinogenic. For example, the following toxic substances are in a cigarette:
- Benzeem
- Nitrosamines
- Formaldehyde
- Hydrogen cyanide
- Arsenic

We can tell you that Benzene is very toxic, it even may no longer be used in the Netherlands for industrial purposes such as making rubber and inks. Nitrosamines is a chemical that is only used in tobacco products, fortunately this is not included in nicotine pouches.
The chemical Formaldehyde is a toxic substance that causes irritation to the eyes, throat and lungs. Long-term use of this chemical can cause various diseases such as cancer of the lungs, bones, pharynx and skin. This chemical is used, for example, for textile paints, disinfectants and especially for bacteria-resistant agents. Hydrogen cyanide causes irritations such as headaches, nasal mucosa inflammation, dizziness and nausea. Hydrogen cyanide is used for purifying agents and insecticides in the metal processing photo industry.

There are several substances that are used in the tobacco industry that are not mentioned, we have listed all of this for you. Below you will find the most important chemicals that are in a cigarette and not in nicotine bags without tobacco:

  • Arsenic
  • Acetone
  • Ammonia
  • Acetic acid
  • DDT
  • Polonium
  • Sulfur dust sulfide
  • Methane

What are the benefits of nicotine pouches?

The main advantage of Swedish snus without tobacco is that, unlike a cigarette, no combustion substances are released. The substances released when smoking a cigarette are the biggest culprits for your body and especially for your lungs. Nicotine pouches do not have this, so your environment is not bothered by the smoke that is released while smoking a cigarette. The use of Swedish snus, or better known as nicotine pouches is also safer than consuming a cigarette because the nicotine enters your body through a different way and not through your lungs. Swedish snus is absorbed through small blood vessels in your gums. Because the nicotine is absorbed through your blood, the effect of nicotine remains in effect longer and you will also feel less like a cigarette or a new nicotine bag. This has a positive effect on your nicotine use because you will consume less nicotine.


Are nicotine pouches addictive?

Now that we have told you more about the nicotine pouches, you will also ask yourself how it is exactly in terms of addiction level. Nicotine pouches can be addictive, that is a fact. The product contains nicotine, and we all know how nicotine works. But is this being placed in too bad a light? Yes, the product is placed in a bad light. We all know nicotine is addictive, but are nicotine pouches worse than smoking? No, nicotine bags are no worse than smoking a cigarette. snus is healthier. Various studies have shown that the use of nicotine pouches compared to a cigarette is many times healthier and less likely to cause diseases.