Food Safety Authority weighs up legality of oral nicotine pouches

Officials are examining the health implications of a product marketed as a discreet alternative to smoking

27th December, 2020
Food Safety Authority weighs up legality of oral nicotine pouches
The pouches are sold under the brand name Nordic Spirit. Nicotine is absorbed into the bloodstream by placing a pouch between the upper lip and gum

Health and food safety officials are examining the legality of oral nicotine pouches that have recently gone on sale in Ireland.

The pre-portioned pouches are tobacco free, but are similar in design to “snus” – a smokeless tobacco product popular in Scandinavia which comes in what look like small teabags.

Instead of tobacco leaf, the products on sale in Ireland come with white powder containing nicotine. They became available here in November.

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