How to Use ZYN

Learn more about how to properly use ZYN pouches with our step-by-step guide. 


Trying ZYN for the first time? If you’re just recently learning about what nicotine pouches are or are wondering “what are nicotine pouches?”, don’t worry, because you’re far from alone. Learn all you need to know about ZYN: what it is, how to use ZYN, what is inside ZYN and all the other info you need to know!

What is ZYN? The Basics

ZYN nicotine pouches are one of the most popular brands of nicotine pouches in the U.S. Their range features 10 different ZYN flavors: with two nicotine strength options available for all flavors. Their range offers a ZYN pouch for all adult nicotine users.


What does a ZYN tin contain? Each can contains 15 ZYNs. These pouches are all white pouches, made with nicotine that is derived from tobacco. Each pouch is quite dry to the touch, meaning it is less inclined to drip or slip while you use them. 


  • - 10 flavor options
  • - ZYN 3mg and ZYN 6mg nicotine strengths
  • - Slim pouch
  • - Dry nicotine pouches
  • - 15 pouches per can


How to Use ZYN: A Step-by-Step Guide

1. Open Your ZYN Can

A first-of-its-kind in the tobacco leaf-free nicotine industry, every ZYN can is safely manufactured and sold with a child-resistant lid. So, how do you open a ZYN can? You must first break the seal on the side of the can. To do so, simply pull on the perforated plastic seal and it will start unraveling from around the can.

Twist the lid in the same direction as the pointed arrows that are printed on the can. While you’re twisting the lid, gently lift it at the same time and you will find your brand new 15 pouches inside.

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2. Take a ZYN Pouch and Park It

Now that you’ve popped open the lid, it’s time to park one of the pouches. Each ZYN flavor comes in two strengths, 3mg and 6mg, so you can choose a nicotine strength based on your nicotine strength preferences. 

So, now you are probably wondering how to put in a ZYN pouch - when you’re ready, place your chosen ZYN between your gum and upper lip or lower lip and gum either using your fingers to park it or your tongue. 

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3. Leave it Parked

Leave the pouch for up to 60 minutes. The pouch will release flavour and nicotine that will be absorbed through the lining of your mouth. Try to keep the pouch in place, but you can move it if you feel some discomfort. 

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4. Remove the ZYN and Dispose of It (Responsibly)

When you’re finished using your ZYN pouch, it’s important to dispose of it responsibly. In other words - you should throw used ZYNs straight in the trash. It’s important that you do not throw the pouches in the compost, toilet, or anywhere else aside from a garbage can as pouches can take a long time to decompose. However, you can recycle the empty ZYN can when you are finished. 

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Where to Use ZYN Pouches: the ZYN Upper vs Lower Lip Debate

ZYN pouches should always be used orally, however there are two places you can park your ZYN pouches: between the upper lip and gum or lower lip and gum. The most common way to use a ZYN is to put it between the upper lip and gum. Why do ZYN go in the upper lip? By placing the pouch between the upper lip and gum, the nicotine from the pouch is absorbed via the lining of the mouth and it can enter the bloodstream effectively without smoke or combustion. 

However, there are some people who use ZYN between their bottom lip and gum. You can do this, but the preferred way is to place it under the top lip. 

To summarize - if you are wondering where to place ZYN, the best place is between the upper lip and gum but you can use it under the lower lip if you wish. Just do not use it in other places, such as putting ZYN under your tongue. 


How Long to Use ZYN and Other ZYN Tips

When using nicotine pouches, including ZYN, how long you use ZYN and which strength is best for you will be different from person to person. However, here are some tips from our Nicokick team to consider when learning how to use ZYN:


  • - Park it for up to 60 minutes. You should ideally leave the ZYN pouch in for a maximum of 60 minutes. 
  • - Do Not Swallow ZYN Pouches. One question that is often asked when you first learn about ZYN is “can you swallow the spit from ZYN?“ No matter how you ask the question, the answer still the same every time - you can swallow your saliva while using ZYNs, but you should avoid swallowing the ZYN pouch itself.
  • - Move the Pouch if Needed. If you find your pouch is feeling uncomfortable, you can try move the pouch a little. However, if you feel a prolonged “ ZYN burn” you should remove the ZYN immediately. In our dedicated ZYN FAQ page you will find all answers to frequently asked questions on using ZYN. 


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How to Use ZYN FAQ

  • ZYN is for adult tobacco and nicotine consumers 21+ only, who already use nicotine pouches or tobacco products. If you want to know more about ZYN, check out our ZYN review guide to see what our customers have to say. 

  • ZYN pouches work orally; the nicotine is absorbed via the lining of the mouth into the body. 

  • ZYN pouches ingredients include tobacco-derived nicotine salt and other ingredients, such as pH adjusters, sweeteners, flavorings, fillers and stabilizers. 

  • To use ZYN, there are 4 simple steps:

    1. Open the ZYN Can
    2. Take a Pouch out of the can and park it
    3. Leave it parked for up to 30 minutes
    4. Remove the ZYN and dispose of it (responsibly)
  • No, you should not park ZYN under your tongue.
  • There may be different reasons why you feel a “ZYN burn” including if you are using too strong of a nicotine strength or if you choose a flavor that impacts the feel of the release. However, if you feel prolonged discomfort, please remove the pouch immediately.

  • So, is ZYN bad for you? While the long-term health effects of nicotine pouches like ZYN are still unknown, they do contain nicotine which is a highly addictive substance that can be hard to quit.