When that nicotine craving hits, there’s no need to escort yourself to the smoker’s section. Pouches provide a smoke-free and convenient way forward for people who want to give up smoking for good.

Our nicotine pouches come in a range of flavours from refreshing and icy to juicy and sweet. They are compact and discreet, fitting under the upper lip so you enjoy nicotine anywhere without anyone needing to know!

But you may be thinking that tobacco pouches serve a similar function, so what exactly is the difference? We will tell you everything you need to know below.

What Are Nicotine and Tobacco Pouches?

If you want to make the switch from smoking to pouches, nicotine pouches are definitely a fantastic smoke-free alternative that can help you quit. They do share similarities with tobacco pouches but aren’t quite the same.

Here’s some more information on what these products are:

Tobacco Pouch

Tobacco pouches, otherwise known as snus, Swedish snus, or snuff, are smokeless, oral pouches  (or portions) that are somewhat like a tea bag, that contain tobacco and fit between the upper lip and gum.

Snus is typically made from ground tobacco that has been mixed with salt, water, aroma, and an alkalising agent, and is then heated and air-dried. ‘Snus’ is derived from the Swedish word snusa which means snout, referring to the way it is commonly used.

The portions are then kept in a tin which can be put in a leather pouch as this type of material is considered best for keeping the tobacco fresh and moist.

Snus has a long history, spanning back as far as the 16th-century. As one of the nicknames indicates, moist snuff underwent significant manufacturing in 18th-century Sweden which is what officially popularised it.

Nicotine Pouch

Similarly to tobacco pouches, a nicotine pouch is a slim product made of a tea bag-like material, designed to fit easily between the upper lip and gum and provide a steady supply of nicotine. They contain plant-based fibres, flavouring, and nicotine extract.

Explore our blog to discover more about what nicotine pouches are and what they do.

But how do they compare to tobacco pouches?

The Differences Between Nicotine and Tobacco Pouches

Although these products function similarly, there are still some key distinctions. Discover what separates them below:


The main and most important distinction between these products is that nicotine pouches are tobacco-free. For those who are trying to quit smoking, tobacco still presents considerable health risks even if you’re not inhaling smoke.


Even though these oral products are alike in being more discreet than a cigarette, tobacco pouches aren’t as discreet as nicotine pouches for the following reasons:

  • Snus isn’t odour-free.
  • You have to spit the tobacco after use.
  • Tobacco stains teeth yellow.

For a tobacco-free, odour-free, stain-free way of getting that nicotine hit, why not try something that gives a fruity flavour experience, like the sweet and refreshing Watermelon Ice?

Watermelon Ice 4NX


As previously stated, the history of tobacco pouches spans centuries but that may mean they're a little antiquated. After all, 16th-century nobility didn’t exactly have a comprehensive understanding of the substance. 

Catherine de' Medici, Queen of France in the mid-1500s,  was prescribed tobacco as a remedy for migraines. Nowadays, we have evidence to suggest that there’s a link between tobacco and migraines.

In contrast, nicotine itself is no longer considered a cause of migraines.

Nicotine pouches are a much more recent invention, taking inspiration from the form of a tobacco pouch but ultimately functioning differently, as you can see with the rest of the listed differences.

More Hygienic

When finished with a tobacco pouch, you need to spit it out, whereas nicotine pouches are spit-free! Our 4NX tins come with a waste compartment so you can simply dispose of the pouch after using it, avoiding any unpleasantness.

Less Hassle

Although you may think tobacco pouches are less hassle than smoking, there are still some drawbacks.

When not in use, tobacco needs to be stored in an airtight container and kept as dry as possible and then rehydrated before use.

Nicotine pouches don’t require as much fuss and can simply be kept in the provided tin without worry.

Lasts Longer

Since snus is made of a plant substance, it has a shorter lifespan than nicotine pouches. Using products that keep for longer will save a lot of money in the long run, especially considering our pouches are only £5.

We hope this guide has shown you how important the distinction between snus and nicotine pouches is!