The truth is, mint-flavored nicotine pouches may not be as safe as you think they are. It all boils down to how each company ingredients list reads (if even listed at all). Some companies will indeed use the mint extract in their ingredient list; however, this does not mean it is only one of the flavors available. Many companies will mix different flavors or, depending on brand preference, make something similar by synthesizing flavors like menthol with peppermint. As you can imagine, this does not make for a healthy substitute.
Another problem is the packaging itself. Marketing campaigns are touting mint nicotine pouches as being healthier because of added flavors. This is very deceiving. Mint flavored products are only marketed toward smokers trying to quit or anyone who thinks they would like to switch to vaping. Companies are trying their best to get customers behind their product by advertising any possible benefit over the competition. One huge advantage that stands out is that companies can put just about anything into their effect without telling customers exactly what’s in it. The FDA requires tobacco companies to list all ingredients used in making cigarettes, yet oil derived from cocoa beans must be listed on cigarette packages.
None of the mint-flavored products sold in stores are required to list their ingredients yet. This gives companies free rein to market their products however they want to. The FDA website states that all ingredients used in making tobacco products must be listed, but what about when it comes to nicotine pouches like Nicorette or NicoDerm? The FDA does not regulate these products. They do not fall under any specific guidelines for ingredients and don’t have to list them either. As soon as you see a product labeled “mint” anywhere on its packaging, then you can bet that company is only telling part of the truth. Mint may undoubtedly be one of the flavors available, but don’t hold your breath expecting anything purer than regular cigarettes.
Nicotine pouches and non tobacco mint pouches are seen as healthier alternatives to smoking, but they can go from being less harmful to very dangerous in seconds. Vapers who use mint flavors need to be wary. If you choose to vape mint, it’s best to take slow, deep pulls rather than short, shallow ones. Shallow puffs increase the chance of getting a nicotine overdose. Also, keep your Minty Pouches far away from any children or pets. Accidental ingestion of these products could result in an emergency trip to the hospital for even healthy adults and much worse for children and animals alike. Always read ingredient listings before purchasing any product containing nicotine. Flavoring agents such as menthol do not need to be listed as ingredients on the packaging because they are considered trade secrets. The more you know, the better off you will be.