ZYN nicotine pouches are tobacco free alternatives to Snus and therefore legal to be sold here in the UK, Europe and they are now available in the USA.

More on what exactly Snus is and indeed the ZYN review shortly – but first a bit of a personal rant come opinion piece…

zyn nicotine pouches review

I haven’t failed to notice, particularly on social media, that more than a few folks were upset and even angry that ZYN and LYFT [another nicotine pouch brand] were ‘allowed’ at Expo.

All I can say to that is – stop being bloody snowflakes and virtue signalling at every opportunity you get – my personal opinion BTW.

And…add two very important words to your vocabularies: ‘harm reduction’.

If you’re a vaper and ex-smoker, and ‘angry’ at any approved quit smoking cessation tool that works – be it a brand you dislike, heat not burn or nicotine pouches – then stop calling yourselves ‘advocates’ – because you most certainly are not.

I hate the word ‘journey’ in this context – but harm reduction has for me been just that this past few years.

For instance, when they arrived, I viewed HNB products with a fair amount of suspicion, suggesting until we had more evidence on their safety – to steer clear.

Now Public Health England places them as slightly – and I mean slightly riskier than e-cigarettes, faced with that, and of course being open minded, I have now changed my stance and for quite some time.

I would still ‘promote’ a vape device over a HNB set-up – but if PHE says HNB devices are OK then I’m in.

My point is – the so called vape advocates out there shouting from the rooftops that for instance IQOS has no place at Expo or in vape shops, will still spout PHE says vaping is 95% safer than smoking!

iqos vaper expo

For instance, if IQOS is let’s say 93% safer than smoking – then what’s the outcry?

You can’t have it both ways!

In other words quoting PHE on one and ignoring the other is just silly bordering on ignorance.

Your emotional outbursts are not an argument – facts backed by science are.

Indeed the vast and I mean vast majority of vapers are happy puffing on a pod or filling their starter kit with a 50/50 e-liquid bought from the local corner shop, and couldn’t give a flying f**k about what should or shouldn’t be at Vaper Expo.

Or come to that what brand they should or shouldn’t be buying this week because a few bearded cloud chucking acolytes of some bloke sat on a sofa in front of poxy webcam got butt hurt.

zyn snus

I had a very long chat with the guys on the ZYN booth at the recent UK Vaper Expo and very interesting it was too.

They were extremely knowledgeable – answered all my questions and I came away very impressed.

Snowflakes and the Vape Scene…

I’m 58-years-old – tired – grumpy – my back hurts and I despair at the snowflake generation fainting onto a chaise lounge every time something offends their delicate sensibilities.

And not just in the vape world…though it seems suspiciously like this ‘scene’ has more than its fair share.

Hey I see all the vape drama – nuff said on that because trust me you wouldn’t want my take on most of it…seriously you wouldn’t ๐Ÿ™‚

If it helps folks quit smoking and is classed as safe by the vast majority of the medical profession, then so f***ing what if it’s sold in a vape shop or appears on the hallowed ground of UK Vaper Expo??!!

OK – I’m starting to rant and go off on another of my tangents lol – this is after all a nicotine product review…


ZYN Nicotine Pouches – It’s All About Tobacco Harm Reduction

OK, before I get stuck in – vaping is obviously the backbone of EcigClick, and of course always will be.

However we are a big part of the tobacco harm reduction scene, so if and when a viable stop smoking method comes along – we feel duty bound to take a long hard look at it and either review it or give feedback to our readers.

It’s those words again – harm reduction.

They might be a bit grown up for some out there to comprehend – but listen we were all smokers once and a lot of people can’t get on with vaping!

And of course, as vapers, there are very many times we’re in situations where we’re not able to vape.

Hands up how many of you still stick a patch on an airplane or chew on those disgusting gums during a meeting – or sit in the cinema using a flavoured nicotine spray to get you through the 2 hour film!

Snus – ZYN and similar products are just another stop smoking tool or something to take away the cravings when you can’t vape or smoke.

The NHS Approved VOKE Is Coming

Speaking of sprays – I did mention the VOKE device earlier this month.

This is a kind of a nicotine infused inhaler/spray set up that looks like a packet of fags.

I’ve already noticed the rumblings from a number of vaping social media groups about the Voke – so expect this one to be the next target of the social media vape brand assassination squads lol.

However, the Voke has passed through the most stringent testing the UK has to offer and looks more than likely to be available on NHS prescriptions soon.

Good luck trying to bad mouth or shut that one down lol.

Right enough of my rant – first up a bit of info about Snus – the tobacco/nicotine pouch ZYN is based on.

Snus Is A Powerful Quit Smoking Aid

Snus whilst not illegal to use or possess in Europe, is banned from sale, and has been since 1992 following the World Health Organization’s pronouncement that all oral tobacco products were carcinogenic.

That announcement has since been challenged vehemently and frequently following very many peer reviewed in depth research which suggests this is most definitely NOT the case.

OK, first up a little background on Snus.

snus facts

Snus is moist tobacco inside a small pouch and the user places it under their top lip.

Once moist the pouch, similar to a tiny tea-bag, leeches out the flavour into the mouth, and nicotine directly into the bloodstream through the gums.

The tobacco free ZYN pouches work exactly the same, however, they do not contain any tobacco and are therefore perfectly legal here in the UK – Europe and the USA.

Snus is legal for sale in Sweden home of the ZYN manufacturer Swedish Match.

In fact a per-requisite of Sweden joining the EU, was that Snus remained legal in the country.


Quite simply because the Swedish government could see how Snus and Snus alone had dramatically slashed the smoking rates.

Sweden has the lowest smoking rates in the EU at just 5% of the population.

snus stop smoking numbers
Image via Swedish Match

Add to that – 19% of adult males use Snus regularly AND the country has the lowest lung cancer rates in Europe, and as you can see from the graph – Snus has had a massive positive effect.

OK on with the review – phew I hear you say!

What Can We Expect From the ZYN Nicotine Pouches?

The ZYN nicotine pouches are classed as ‘white products’ as they they do not contain any tobacco.

zyn nicotine pouches white product
ZYN – white not brown!

The nicotine is extracted from tobacco and they come in x2 strengths given the number 2 for mild at 3mg nicotine and 4 for strong at 6mg nicotine.

At the moment there’s just two flavours to choose from: ZYN Citrus and ZYN Cool Mint and both can be bought in single recyclable plastic ‘cans’ or in multi-packs.

As you can see they are quick, clean and very easy to use.

how to use zyn nicotine pouches

OK I picked up both flavours and both nicotine strengths from the ZYN team at the UK Vaper Expo – thank you – they were free of charge for the purpose of this review.

As always freebies do not sway my opinions whatsoever, and neither does public opinion lol.

For the review I stopped vaping at noon over a 2 day period – popped in a ZYN and timed how long it took before I felt the need to vape.

Obviously this is going to be dependent on many factors so this is very much a personal experience and will probably vary with the experiences of others.

ZYN Nicotine Pouches – Cool Mint Mini – Label 2 – 3mg Nicotine

zyn nicotine pouches cool mint number 2

ZYN Says:

ZYN Mini Dry Cool Mint is aptly named โ€” it delivers a cooling menthol flavor with notes of peppermint.</span

I Say:

Within moments the tingle began and I have to say it wasn’t at all unpleasant.

It lasted about a minute and half way through it did increase but not enough for me to be concerned in any way.

About two minutes in and once my saliva began to coat the pouch, the cool mint flavour came through.

It actually felt as if it was drizzling through the gaps in my teeth – not in a flood I might add – just making my saliva tasty!

Good for kissing if I had anyone to kiss – *sniffs* lol

Given I enjoy 18mg MTL vaping – I do like my nicotine.

Hand on heart and after an hour I was fine with no cravings whatsoever.

The flavour had dipped by then and I removed the pouch.

Once out it was another good half an hour before I felt the first need for nic to pop into my brain.

At that point I could of course reached for another pouch – so for me the 3mg or Label 2 – did the job very well indeed.

ZYN Nicotine Pouches – Cool Mint Extra Strong – Label 4 – 3mg Nicotine

zyn nicotine pouches cool mint number 4

ZYN Says:

The same description as above – cooling menthol with a hint of peppermint.

I Say:

The tingle off this extra strong version did have me worrying – just for a couple of seconds.

The tingle did feel more like a low burn and made me push it around my gum a little initially.

It passed in I’d say 20 to 30 seconds and lessened the longer it was in.

As you might expect the flavour again dropped around the hour mark.

This time and once out, it was a good hour before I felt the first need for nicotine and that was slight!

It works an absolute treat!

ZYN Nicotine Pouches – Citrus – Label 2 and 4 – 3mg and 6mg Nicotine

zyn nicotine pouches citrus number 2

ZYN Says:

ZYN Mini Dry Citrus has a delicious fresh flavor of sunny citrus fruit with notes of oranges and lemongrass.

I say:

I got the exact same results with the Citrus variety as I did the Cool Mint .

So I really only need to mention the flavour!

It’s very nice indeed – refreshing and dare I say if this was an e-liquid it would be bloody delicious!

Final Review Verdict

I’m impressed.

I have used the original Snus in the past, and from what I can remember it did the job but the one I had wasn’t very tasty to say the least.

The ZYN nicotine pouches are clean fresh tasting and if you can get past the tingle, they should work as well for you as they did for me.

Handy for long lengths of time where you can’t vape or smoke and very very discreet.

You can pick up a can for around ยฃ7 in the UK – not a bad price at all for a product that may help smokers quit and vapers to cut back on cravings when vaping is a prohibited.

The link below should take you to your country of origin.


What are your thoughts and opinions on ZYN and nicotine pouches in general?

Let me know in the comments below ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Neil Humber

I have simpler vape tastes these days - I never leave home without a Caliburn G, a Vaporesso Luxe 40 or Innokin EQ FLTR and a CBD vape pen or bottle of CBD drops in my rucksack...or indeed an Aspire Nautilus Prime X in my pocket... At home I'll be using various mods topped with the GeekVape Zeus X RTA or the Signature Mods Mono SQ topped with the Augvape BTFC RDA... I'm a former journalist and now a writer and sometimes author... I'm ex Army - adore dogs and never happier than hiking over the hills or with a good book on a beach.

ZYN Cool Mint 3mg Nicotine
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ZYN Citrus 6mg Nicotine
I have simpler vape tastes these days - I never leave home without a Caliburn G, a Vaporesso Luxe 40 or Innokin EQ FLTR and a CBD vape pen or bottle of CBD drops in my rucksack...or indeed an Aspire Nautilus Prime X in my pocket... At home I'll be using various mods topped with the GeekVape Zeus X RTA or the Signature Mods Mono SQ topped with the Augvape BTFC RDA... I'm a former journalist and now a writer and sometimes author... I'm ex Army - adore dogs and never happier than hiking over the hills or with a good book on a beach.
zyn-nicotine-pouches-reviewClean and discreet with fresh flavours that will help smokers quit or reduce nicotine cravings when and where vaping isn't allowed. Highly recommended!


  1. Zyn , way better than chewing pure tobacco, and hella better than smoking , I’ve managed to quit smoking it’s been 6 mo now even stopped vaping, my favorite is the
    cinnamon 6 , I can take it anywhere and use it discreetly, sometimes I double up on the nicotine packs specially when I’m working out once released into the bloodstream I can get a hell of a buzz , I love it , best part I don’t smell like smoke , and it’s cost effective

  2. I saw Zyn at the gas station, decided to give the coffee-6 a try. I was previously a major Copenhagen Straight guy. One pouch seems stronger than a big pinch of Copenhagen, and there are 15 pouches in a Zyn container, versus about 5 good pinches in Copenhagen. Plus, Zyn is cheaper, and you can do it anywhere, including where dipping would be considered crude. (Like when working for a living, spending time with family, etc.) I’m never quitting nicotine. Just want a bigger, more clandestine buzz that’s healthier, for less money. I’m sold on Zyn.

  3. Hello.
    I used to smoke, vape, but I started dipping snuff. Laid it down. All of sudden 1 day, I saw zyn at the store, and I could not resist. Choices.
    I use two cans in about 2.5 days. Been using for about 2 months. I got sick. Went and got numerous tests done. COVID, mono, etc. my throat is killing me. Is this common while using zyn?

  4. They are now selling these ZYN pouches in Denver, Colorado. Bit of an uncomfortable burn the first few minutes in my mouth and throat but quickly goes away. The citrus tastes great. Definitely a nice alternative to tobacco.

    • Yup! Get past that initial tingle and they’re bloody brilliant IMHO – ideal for when you simply cannot vape, like planes trains and wherever else ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I have been vaping 35mg-50mg salt nic throughout the day, everyday since 18 (Iโ€™m 21 now). Iโ€™m now trying to quit vaping altogether as the lack of long term research on the effects of vaping has me worried about my future health. Recently started leaving my vape at home during my 8 hour work day and using zyn instead. So far I use 1-2 of the mint pouches throughout the day and chew mint gum the rest. Cravings arenโ€™t so bad and I donโ€™t even hit my vape before bed or before work in the morning. Hoping to stop using altogether, I feel my body hasnโ€™t fully become addicted yet so this should be the easiest time for me to quit.

  6. I was a pack a day smoker for 30 years. I’ve been using zyn 6mg for 10 months. I like the coffee flavor in the morning and the spearmint later in the day. I think I’m at the point of calling myself a former smoker. A zyn pack will last me about 2.5 days. I have developed some sinus issues. Not sure if that’s the effects of quitting smoking or from the zyn. I’m now working to wean myself from zyn. We will see.

  7. I had to stop IQOS and vaping due to stomach problems. After my first 6mg pouch I already know I’ll not need to vape or HNB ever again if I have these.

    Kicks in almost instantly and the nic buzz lasts longer than anything else bar sub ohming nic salts liquid.

    At 6pm I kept one pouch in for 15 minutes. Was enough for an hour. Re-used same pouch for another 15 minutes (why waste as the can says it is effective for up to an hour) and then an hour later re-used and finished it for 15 minutes. Off to bed now with zero urge to use my vape or HNB device. Very happy so far

    • I have used them very many times and have to agree with you – if vaping or HNB isn’t for you then SNUS and snus style non tobacco pouches like these are bloody brilliant!

      Glad you’re enjoying them and very well done on quitting smoking ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Im currently using the zyn 6mg peppermint to stop vaping, I love them! I was using bidi stick vapes that are 60% nicotine they are a nic oil product, i was a chain vaper and i was getting way more nic then i needed. Bidi sticks are equal to two packs of cigarettes and i using one every day and a half. Not to mention the price difference, i was spending $10 a day on bidis and could not get away from them, i tried everything but the taste was amazing and the convenience was the biggest issue as i did not have to refill or charge. I have had mild withdrawal symptoms since using Zyn but very manageable, headaches, sinus issues, a little anxiety but no mood swings which was the main reason i couldnt stop before, i felt guilty when i would mood swing as i have small children and would give you up. With Zyn I do not have mood swing and I rarely feel the need to vape and when i do its eaisly controllable. These were exactly what i needed, they are far less harmful then what i was getting from vapaing as far as nic levels and i am no longer inhaling.

  9. I began to have ear problems from vaping for 4 years. Tinnitus in right ear, clicking and popping in left ear. Stopped vaping and tried these ZYN pouches for a few days and the clicking popping in my left ear got MUCH WORSE. This stuff scares me. I don’t trust it. They poison everything they sell to us. I think that should be readily apparent to all at this point.

    • No disrespect but it sounds a bit shall we say ‘out there’ to link your ear problems with vaping and/or nicotine…but hey I’m not a doctor and neither are you so the link is tenuous to say the least…go see a doctor is my best advice…

      • F*** you Neil you piece of s*** how much zyn paying you. I’ve been using it for 9 months and I’ve developed side effects I never had before now I’m trying to kick the s***.

        • So terribly sorry to hear you’re having side-effects…I assume one of them is ‘keyboard warrior syndrome’…no cure for that I’m afraid…as for being ‘paid’ by the company – yup I admit it – my legendary principles are easily corrupted by a few brown envelopes stuffed with Swedish Krona…and as for piece of shit…you do sound like one of my exes…have a great day ‘Larry’…


  11. I got some samples of these at the last Expo. Had a try, and I can definitely see me keeping them on hand for when I canโ€™t vape for a long period of time!


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