Are Snus & Nicotine Pouches Bad For Exercising?
Erik Rosengren - Snusexpert
24 November, 2022

Are Snus & Nicotine Pouches Bad For Exercising?

Snus and nicotine pouches are two entirely different things. Snus contains, while nicopods are entirely tobacco-free. Naturally, they have varying effects on the body. From our research, we've established that snus may have adverse health consequences in the short and long term.

While nicopods are safe for consumption and are in no way bad for exercising. You're probably thinking, WHAT? Yes, nicopods will in no way hinder your fitness goals. If you're a smoker, then nicopods may even positively affect your exercise and fitness.

We're going through the How and Why of it below because what's life without research? We'll also tell you about some amazing hacks that can help you get your ideal body (with a bit of effort, of course!). First, let's understand the...

Effects of nicotine on the body when exercising

Nicotine has various positive and negative effects. And some of these effects can help your exercise performance. Here's where and how nicotine affects your body.

Improved Alertness

If you've ever used snus, nicopods, or any other nicotine product, then you must have experienced the immediate feeling of alertness. It's like waking up from a deep sleep or suddenly having a rush of adrenaline. Why does this happen?

Nicotine is a stimulant, and like most stimulants, it can affect your dopamine release and reuptake. Nicotine, in particular, helps the release of nicotine in the:

  • Mesolimbic area: Vital for the reward/desire effects of your brain.
  • Corpus Striatum: It is responsible for habit formation through reward and movement dependence.
  • Frontal Cortex: It controls impulses, cognition, and prospective memory.

Dopamine acts as the trigger to produce Norepinephrine, a neurochemical responsible for wakefulness. Therefore, the control of dopamine in all three of these portions is responsible for your alertness.

We'll spare you all the other nerdy stuff!

Improved alertness

Improved Cognitive Functions

Cognitive functions, i.e., your ability to perceive things, is directly related to your awareness. And it just so happens that nicopods and snus affect your cognitive functions, like memory and attention. How? The good old thing is called dopamine.

The release of this remarkable neurochemical in the frontal lobes is responsible for the functionality and efficacy of your attention and memory. It's also one of the reasons why smokers, and smokeless tobacco users, find their attention spans increasing with nicotine use.

One study published in PubMed explains how chronic use of nicotine may help in the reduction of body weight, positive reinforcement, enhance performance, and protect against conditions like Tourette's/Alzheimer's. Further research could shed more light on the beneficial effects of nicotine. 

Cognitive function

Momentary Mood Boost

Nicotine modulates dopamine, which, in turn, improves your mood. It's one of the reasons why the use of snus or other nicotine products like tobacco is often associated with mood. Nicotine also affects the adrenal gland, which makes you feel more excited.

It's another reason why people under the active influence of nicotine think that they can do anything. People have used nicotine in different forms (like tobacco products) for its mood-boosting properties since ancient times.

The indigenous people in pre-Columbian era America used it a lot in their spiritual ceremonies. Swedish snus was originally a part of the French aristocracy and then became a habit of everyone. In parts of Asia and Europe, nicotine products are still quite popular for their mood-boosting properties.

Mood boost from using nicotine pouches during excersice

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How does all of this tie in with exercise?

You could say that the effects of snus or nicopods include making you more active. It's one of the reasons why Snus and Nicopods are sometimes considered PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs). Officially, using snus or nicotine isn't considered doping, but it is on the watchlist of shady enhancements.

Also, we know that the use of Swedish snus or other nicopods can improve your mood and motivation. It also spikes your adrenaline, so you feel more energetic. A study published in PubMed determines that snus use can lead to an increase in time to exhaustion. Therefore, your performance during exercises may improve.

It is crucial to remember that snus and nicopods are alternatives to cigarettes. These products are designed for people who want to quit tobacco smoking using a suitable harm reduction tool. We have a whole guide on why smoking isn't good and how you can quit smoking with nicopods.

Nevertheless, the long and the short of it is that smoking has some of the most harmful health effects out there.

All in all, smoking affects your fitness significantly. Naturally, we recommend people addicted to cigarettes to use snus and nicopods. Using these products will allow you to bypass all the pernicious effects of smoking.

Nicotine pouches and excersice

The Truth Of Nicotine

Nicotine is often portrayed in a negative light because of its addictive nature. However, most people don't know that some foods like potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants also contain nicotine. Nicotine is present in these natural foods that you consume every day. So, what separates those foods from snus/nicopods?

The answer is quantity. Nicotine is like the aspirin of the modern world. If you take it in controlled doses, it will help you. If you use too much aspirin, it could lead to drowsiness, vomiting, and a ton of other health risks. The important part is to adopt moderation and use a less harmful version of nicotine.

Snus VS Nicopods VS Cigarettes

According to our research, snus users are at a lower risk of developing health conditions than cigarette users. Research found that snus and other smokeless tobacco use is 95% healthier than cigarettes. And nicopod users are at a lower risk level than those who use snuff and smokeless tobacco products.

If you quit cigarettes and adopt snus/nicopods, then you could experience a positive effect on your fitness.

Nevertheless, you'll have healthier lungs, better muscles, sleep cycles, and digestion. All of these are vital for fitness/exercise.

Even if you aren't concerned about your fitness or lifestyle, you should still quit cigarettes. Ideally, you should use an alternative to cigarettes like snus. If you want to go all the ways, then use nicopods, which are much healthier.


Snus and nicopods do not influence your exercise/fitness negatively. On the contrary, snus/nicopods can improve your fitness. Cigarettes, on the other hand, are absolutely devastating to your health and fitness. So, it's not entirely about nicotine, but what kind of nicotine you're taking. That's all for now!

Take care, Snus-fam,

Erik at Snusdaddy.