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Can Nicotine Pouches Help You Quit Smoking?

Yes, nicotine pouches and snus can definitely help you quit smoking. They provide an alternative means to get nicotine and replicate most of the feelings you feel when smoking a cigarette, and you may find that after trying nicotine pouches, you will have no desire to go back to smoking ever again. This is one of the main reasons people try these pouches for the first time, and there are numerous reports of people having successfully quit smoking from nicotine pouches.

For example, here’s one person who stopped smoking immediately after trying snus for the first time:

First impression was that the taste was interesting but pretty decent. But within a minute or two, the nicotine that I craved started flowing and it was heavenly. After 15 mins or so, I took the portion out and lit a cigarette and suddenly I wanted the snus again. I put out the cigarette and grabbed another portion. (source)

And all kinds of comments from people who stopped smoking thanks to snus:


Interestingly, as you’ll see, there are many reports of people who tried everything else to quit smoking and were only able to quit after discovering nicotine pouches. This is all anecdotal, of course, and there haven’t been many studies (if any?) rigorously trialing whether nicotine pouches should help you quit smoking more than any other method or more than taking anything else, such as nicorete gum and the like. But the anecdotal evidence definitely seems to suggest that nicotine pouches are one of the best ways for smokers to quit smoking.

Therefore, if you’re a smoker trying or hoping to quit, it’s definitely worth at least trying nicotine pouches and see if you take a liking to them. You just might find that, like the example at the top of this page, you vastly prefer it over smoking and never go back to cigarettes again.

Can You Shallow Nicotine Pouches?

Like bubble gum, nicotine pouches are not meant to be swallowed. So try to avoid this. In the event that you do swallow one, don’t panic — nicotine pouches aren’t toxic, and it’s very unlikely you’ll feel sick from swallowing one. The worst that will probably happen is you’ll need to sit on the toilet for a while. In the numerous reports I’ve read of people who have swallowed pouches, the vast majority of people say nothing happened.

How To Take Nicotine Pouches

Using nicotine pouches is very simple:

  1. Open the lid
  2. Put a pouch between your lip and gum
  3. Enjoy a slight tingling sensation and wait for the flavor to be slowly released. You can chew slowly to release flavor faster

It’s up to you whether you want to chew nicotine pouches from your upper lip or lower lip. Taken from, here’s an example picture of a user putting a pouch between their gum and upper lip:

Generally speaking, users prefer to put a pouch behind their upper lip as above. Also, as above, you’ll probably find it more comfortable to put it to one side of your mouth rather than right around your middle 2 front teeth.

It’s also possible to put the pouch on your tongue first and use your tongue to position it wherever you want, rather than using your fingers. Try both methods and see which one you’re more comfortable with.

Placing behind the upper lip vs lower lip: Nicotine pouches are designed to be spit-free, and if you place a pouch behind your lower lip, you may find that you’ll salivate more, making you want to spit. That is why most people prefer to put a pouch behind their upper lip, but depending on the brand, its strength and your tolerance to these pouches, you may find that putting a pouch behind your lower lip is preferable.

How Long Do Nicotine Pouches Last?

Nicotine pouches can last up to an hour, but it depends on how much you chew and the particular brand. You can leave a pouch in your mouth for as long as you want, but after a certain period of time you’ll find the flavor going away, at which point you’ll want to put in a fresh one.

My own experience is that nicotine pouches can last as little as 15 minutes, but if you’re not constantly chewing, any brand should definitely last much longer than that. By about 30 minutes you should notice the flavor starting to subside.

There have been reports of people taking nicotine pouches for 2 hours or more, but this definitely seems quite excessive and I’d expect the bag would be completely dissolved by then.

On! Nicotine Pouch Review

On! Nicotine Pouches are a popular brand that looks like this:

On! nicotine pouches are square, unlike most pouches that are round, and they’re quite slim. That makes them quite easy to fit in your pocket. The reason the packaging is smaller than other brands is because on! pouches themselves are smaller than most other brands.

On! comes in the following strengths:

  • 1mg of nicotine (with 1 dot on the packaging)
  • 2mg of nicotine (with 2 dots on the packaging)
  • 3mg of nicotine (with 3 dots on the packaging)
  • 4mg of nicotine (with 4 dots on the packaging)
  • 8mg of nicotine (with 8 dots on the packaging)

The 1, 2 or 3mg versions of on! are perfect for newcomers to nicotine pouches.  If you’re a heavy smoker and rely on nicotine a lot, you may find that it doesn’t have much effect on you, and therefore you may be better with another brand or trying the 8mg version if you’re looking for more nicotine. But on! in its low nicotine volumes is perfect if you’re just a light smoker OR if you’re a non-smoker and are curious about trying nicotine pouches for the first time.

No matter what version of on! you get, there are 20 pouches per package.

What flavors do on! nicotine pouches come in?

  • Citrus (a clean lemon smell – this is perhaps the most popular flavor for newcomers)
  • Mint (a clean and airy taste that isn’t at all overpowering)
  • Wintergreen
  • Berry (very fruity)
  • Coffee (delicious – actually smells and tastes like real coffee)
  • Licorice

On! nicotine pouches – the verdict

With a range of strengths and nice flavors, on! is a great brand to try, and I haven’t heard of (or can think of any) reasons not to try a pack.

Where to buy on!

I recommend getting on! on Nickokick, my preferred store for nicotine pouches.