Everywhere you go, signs are telling you what you can't do, from bringing your dog into a particular store to using your smartphone. Most places will also tell you that you can't smoke or vape, especially indoors or in areas where children gather or people eat.
But what about nicotine pouch use? Since you’ll almost never see a sign for something so specific (and new to the market), how can you know if it’s OK or not? This guide can help you know when you can use a nicotine pouch and when you can’t.
1. Can you use nicotine pouches in a tobacco-free zone?
Many areas are considered "tobacco-free" zones, such as schools, hospitals, and places where youth gather. In these areas, it may be against the law to carry or use a tobacco product, such as cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or tobacco-filled snus.
So, do pouches fall into this ban? Technically, they do not, but you should still be aware of other rules that may be in place and not as heavily promoted. Schools generally have restrictions in their policy manuals for students, teachers, and guests, so vaping or e-cigarettes aren't allowed. Whether pouches fall into this category will depend on the rule, so it’s best to check before you enter an educational environment with a nicotine pouch.
2. What about restaurants?
Restaurants are a good example of a place that has likely banned cigarette or vaping use but won’t care if you use nicotine pouches. Pouches aren’t combustible (no smoke or ashy mess), so they don’t bother other people, degrade the quality of the air, or cause extra clean-up for the restaurant staff.
It’s up to you whether you want to have a pouch directly before or after eating, but when you do use one, you can discreetly use the pouch and even throw it away in the restroom trash without anyone knowing otherwise. Unless there’s a specific rule against it, likely noted by a sign on the door, you can use nicotine pouches in a restaurant in most places.
3. Can you use nicotine pouches in ride-shares or on public transportation?
Again, most services like Uber and Lyft, as well as bus, train, and plane services, will have very clear signage about "no smoking" or "no vaping." They may even have policies about oral tobacco use, like snuff or chew.
Nicotine pouches don’t fall into those categories, so you should be fine to use them if you follow these guidelines:
- You’re discreet about your use (no one needs to know)
- Keep your area clean (no spitting is needed!)
- Dispose of your used pouch in a responsible and safe manner
As long as you remember these three rules, you can use nicotine pouches anywhere they aren’t openly prohibited.
4. Can you use them in other places?
Nicotine pouches are classified in a similar way as nicotine gum or patches. You have to be a certain age to buy them, and you may have restrictions in your part of the country that prevent you from buying flavored pouches. Aside from this, you can almost always use pouches in the same places you can use nicotine gum or nicotine patches.
Have you ever seen anyone be asked to spit out their nicotine gum or leave it in their car? Probably not. And because pouches are discreet and other people will only know about your use if you tell them, using a pouch simply won’t be an issue.
5. Can you just throw them away anywhere?
If you happen to be shopping, attending a sporting event, or seeing a movie when you're done with your nicotine pouch, simply head to the nearest wastebasket and toss it in. But what if you’re a pouch user who’s self-conscious about throwing away your pouches or worry about how the trash is handled?
If you want to be sure that your pouches won’t end up dumped somewhere that an animal could get them, you can carry a spare empty tin in your bag, pocket, or purse just for storing your used pouches. Simply put your pouch in the tin until you get home, and you don’t have to worry about disposal when you’re out and about.
Other important nicotine pouch facts
If you are new to using nicotine pouches, you may have other questions about how they work. Here are some common FAQs:
How can I save money on nicotine pouches?
It’s best to shop around, but many people find that buying online helps them save money while providing access to the best strengths and flavors. Buying from Prilla also allows you to pick out multi-packs of different flavors, so you can try new kinds or even mix-and-match at the same great price. Getting your pouches shipped to your door also saves on gasoline costs.
How old do I have to be to use nicotine pouches?
You must be 21 years old to purchase nicotine pouches. When you buy them in-store or shop for them online, you will be asked to verify your age. Nicotine pouches do not contain tobacco, but the U.S. government has issued guidelines on nicotine products that sellers must abide by to make sure these products are enjoyed by adults.
Do I have to spit out the juice from nicotine pouches?
You do not have to spit out the juice, which is the saliva that you produce while holding the pouch in your mouth. This is a vast difference from the juice created from a tobacco product like snus or chewing tobacco. This gives you more options in where you use it, and it’s much more discreet, too.
Plus, there is no brown residue to worry about. No one will have any idea you are using a pouch unless you tell them. You won’t have dirty spit cups lying around, and you won’t brown or stain your teeth, either. The nicotine pouch is a very clean form of nicotine, which is a big reason why it’s appealing to so many users.
Choosing a nicotine pouch
Now that you can rest assured that you can use nicotine pouches discreetly, in most places, and without any mess or fuss, you may be wondering which pouch is right for you?
We can’t answer that question because most people’s nicotine routine is completely personalized to their own preferences. We can share that many people change their preferences over time. If you like fresh flavors but are bored of peppermint, you may want to try something spicier, like cinnamon!
Likewise, if you’re curious about some of the new, wilder flavors out there, why not give them a chance? Dragon fruit, for example, is a hot new flavor trend that tastes nothing like anything you’ve had from the fruit bowl. And if you don’t like flavored pouches or can’t buy them because of local laws, there are stronger options to keep your routine exciting, too.
The bottom line is that you can use nicotine pouches in so many more places than traditional tobacco products. And if you want to keep your use private, it’s very possible to do. Who you tell about your nicotine pouch use is completely up to you.