Nicotine pouches have similar toxicant levels to NRTs

Food and Chemical Toxicology

E, Bishop et al. “An approach for the extract generation and toxicological assessment of tobacco-free ‘modern’ oral nicotine pouches.” Food and Chemical Toxicology vol. 145 (2020).

  • This peer-reviewed study examined the effects of tobacco-free nicotine pouches, snus and cigarettes on human cell cultures.
  • The results showed that toxicant levels in nicotine pouches are significantly lower than in cigarettes or snus. The levels in pouches are similar to nicotine replacement therapies (NRT).
  • Nicotine pouches are likely to have similar or less health risks than Swedish snus, a product recognised to reduce the harm associated with tobacco smoking. Snus use is popular in Sweden, and is believed to be a contributing factor to Sweden having the lowest smoking rate in Europe.
  • Research has shown that snus is significantly less harmful than cigarettes. Snus – use is not associated with throat, oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, lung, or heart diseases. It additionally is not linked to stroke, and the risk of using snus is approximately 1% that of smoking.
  • Nicotine pouches that do not contain tobacco may further reduce the risk to consumers compared to snus.