Headteacher’s warning over children using nicotine pouches

Derek Allan, rector at Kirkcaldy High School in Fife, said the issue was a 'cause for concern'.

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A headteacher has issued a warning to parents following reports of pupils using nicotine pouches.

Derek Allan, rector at Kirkcaldy High School in Fife, said the issue was a “cause for concern”.

The pre-portioned pouches are similar to snus, which is a smokeless tobacco popular in Scandinavia, but instead of tobacco leaf they are filled with white nicotine-containing powder and are placed between the lip and gum.

Snus has been illegal to sell in the EU since 1992, with the exception of Sweden. However, tobacco-free nicotine pouches are legal in the UK and can come in the shape of minty or flavoured sticks, pellets and strips.

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While some experts agree that it is less harmful than cigarette smoking, there are concerns about addiction, increased heart rate and blood pressure, and dental problems.

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Mr Allan said: “The safety and wellbeing of our pupils is a top priority. 

“I’ve alerted parents and carers to a potential issue with nicotine pouches being used by pupils which is a cause for concern.

“By raising these issues, the school can work together with parents to help keep pupils safe.”

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