If you’re looking for variety in your nicotine intake, then you’re not alone. In New York City, CNBC reports that there is a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and e-cigarette products. It’s also getting harder to find spots where you can have a good smoke break. But there’s no reason for you to miss out on your daily dose of nicotine, especially given its soothing and mood-enhancing effects.
Thankfully, there is an abundance of products that you can turn to if you want to try something more discrete or convenient. If you’re going for the premium experience, here are three vape alternatives that you can try.
If you’re looking for something particularly discrete, then nothing is more discreet than nicotine pouches. Nicotine pouches are small packs of nicotine that you can fit under your lip. You can leave it there for 20 minutes to an hour to enjoy a steady stream of nicotine. They don’t emit smoke so it doesn’t leave that distinct tobacco smell on you and they are also much easier to dispose of after use.
Nicotine pouch retailer Prilla highlights how great quality pouches usually cost around $3 per can. However, premium brands like Velo can cost up to twice as much. The flavored ones are a bit pricier, but at an average cost of around 25 cents per pouch for a good brand, you can easily explore nicotine pouch flavors to find which ones are the most to your liking. Nicotine pouches are usually sold at strengths of 2, 4, 6, and 8mg, but keep in mind that anything above 4 mg is already considered strong or extra strong.
Nicotine lozenges are dissolving tablets that melt in your mouth like candy. They can be unnoticeably consumed and can be bought over the counter. You can enjoy a nicotine lozenge within 20-30 minutes to get a quick nicotine boost. You can consume them with minimal noticeability and they’re easily accessible as they’re sold over the counter. If your goal is to quit smoking, they can also serve as a good aid. After all, a study published in the National Library of Medicine explains that nicotine lozenges are counted as a form of nicotine replacement therapy.
The best-known brands, like Nicorette, cost around $9 for 20-piece packs. They also come in a variety of flavors including mint, fruit, and fruity mints, and are sold at 2 or 4 mg doses. Brands like Habitrol even sell them at lower doses of 1 mg so you can lower your nicotine intake or pace them more gradually throughout the day.
Nicotine gums are another common form of nicotine replacement therapy. Unlike lozenges or pouches, you have to be chewing them so it’s a bit more noticeable. As you chew, you’ll start to feel a tingling sensation, which is a signal for you to move the gum to your cheek to absorb the nicotine. You can repeat the process until the gum is spent, usually after around 30 minutes. But unlike lozenges, you’ll have to spit them out after use.
The most popular brands of nicotine gum are Nicorette, Equate, and GoodSense, and they usually sell at around $31 to $46 per pack of over 100 pieces. All nicotine gum brands sell them in a variety of flavors — Nicorette even has an intriguing Cinnamon Surge flavor — so you can choose which one fits your taste the best.
Finding a replacement for your vape can open you up to a world of new experiences. These three alternatives can give you a jumping-off point to a world of affordable and unnoticeable alternatives that can be conveniently integrated into your routine.
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