When I met Kathie a couple of years ago, she had no intentions to quit smoking. Ever. I kept her company during her smoke breaks and enjoyed the smell of cigarette smoke. Interestingly enough, I still love the smell even though I have not had a cigarette in over 7 years. Of course I offered her to try my Swedish Snus, but she had no interest at all. She loved her cigarettes and did not plan to retire them anytime soon.
Was I surprised when I received a text from Kathie a couple of months ago, saying she had quit smoking? YES! I instantly knew I had to interview her for Snus Girl.
A Long Time SmokerKathie had been smoking 10-12 cigarettes a day pretty consistent for 35 years. In June 2016 she was so busy at work, she found herself stuck at her desk for hours without any opportunity for a smoke break.
"I purchased a starter vape to try that and I used altid in conjunction with the vape, then without realizing it stopped using the vape and I was only using altid", Kathie tells me.
What Is Altid?Altid is a tobacco free, spitless nicotine pouch that you put in your upper lip so the nicotine can be absorbed by the mucous membranes in your gums. The nicotine is derived from tobacco, however the product does not contain any tobacco or salt like Swedish snus does. Altid is also more effective in delivering nicotine to your blood stream which can make the nicotine content seem higher than in Swedish Snus. Altid is simply nicotine, food grade colorings and a gum base. The gum base gives you the option to chew gently on the pouch to release more nicotine.
"I never did try Swedish Snus. I loved smoking but not the taste of tobacco if that makes any sense", Kathie explained.
How Kathie Quit Smoking
Being a former smoking myself I know how hard it can be to quit. I asked Kathie about her recipe for success.
"That's the funny thing. I never intended to quit smoking. I loved smoking. I started using altid and when I would have a cigarette it tasted completely disgusting. I didn't need the nicotine fix as much as before because of the altid. All of a sudden, I just didn't want to smoke anymore", she says.
Kathie is happy that she gave up smoking. Now she is noticing how much easier she is breathing. As an extra bonus she tells us that altid helps her from overeating. "Finish your meal, slip in a pouch and you won't eat more than you intended", she adds.
When Discreet & Convenient is a Preference.Kathie says what she loves most about altid is the taste and the convenience.
"Nobody has to know you have the pouch in your lip unless you tell them. There is no spitting. You can drink with it in. The taste of the flavors is unbeatable. They really are so good", says Kathie.
altid comes in four flavors and three different strengths. Kathie uses all of the flavors, but is fast to claim wintergreen as her favorite.
"The tastes vary so much from flavor to flavor. If you want sweet, go with Dragon Fruit, it reminds me of berries and cotton candy. Wintergreen tastes exactly like a Wintergreen lifesaver. Ice mint is a wonderful pepperminty flavor and Citrus Mint gives you that hint of orange and lemon with a little mint", she describes.
Saving MoneyNot only is Kathie's health better since quitting smoking. She is also saving a lot of money. She used to spend over $150 a month on cigarettes. She tells us a can of altid would last her about a week and is only $3.36 at Northerner.
I ask her if she misses smoking and she tells med there are triggers that makes her miss it.
"I have tried one or two since I started using altid and while I miss the general idea of smoking, I do NOT miss the taste or smell."
Easier Than She ThoughtKathie's story sure is inspiring. For a lot of people quitting smoking is a huge endeavor, but for her it came naturally when using another product. Lastly I ask her if she has any advice for other people struggling to quit smoking.
"You would be shocked at how much you will love altid id as an alternative to smoking. I never ever thought I would be able to quit that easily. If you had told me this product would have me quit smoking in about 2 days I would have laughed at you. The taste and ease of it makes all the difference in the world."
You can buy altid online and in a selection of stores in the US.
Go to their webpage to learn more about altid. You can also find contact information if you would like to find stores that carry their products.
Now it's your turn, have you ever been a smoker? How did you quit? Ever tried altid? Would love to hear your stories.
Love, Snus Girl