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Zyn’s popular nicotine pouches are out of stock in some stores

Zyn, a popular brand of nicotine pouches, may be harder to find in several states, including New York, New Jersey, and Florida.

Some tobacco stores in New York said they were out of pouches, which cost about $5, and wholesalers in New Jersey and Florida said they were difficult to obtain, Bloomberg reported. An industry worker told the outlet that the shortage had been going on for several weeks.

The pouches are produced by Philip Morris International, the tobacco manufacturer that distributes Marlboro cigarettes outside the United States. During an earnings conference call last month, Chief Financial Officer Emmanuel Babeau said Zyn’s growth “does create supply chain stress, without a doubt.”

PMI, which purchased the company that makes Zyn in 2022, did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

Zyn has been available in the United States since 2014, but its popularity has exploded recently. Colorful, flavored gum-like packets have become a common “pick-me-up” among office workers looking to get work done faster. They have also become routine with powerful Wall Street traders And Republican lawmakers. Loyal users of these sachets have said Zyn helped them lose weight, comparing it to the viral weight loss drug Ozempic.

In February, the company reported that nearly 385 million cans of flavored products nicotine sachets shipped to the United States in 2023, up 62% year-on-year. The company expects to do even better in 2024, forecasting U.S. shipments of about 520 million cans this year, according to its February earnings report.

The company is working to create more smoke-free products as smoking declines worldwide.

Medical experts and research studies warn that nicotine can be addictive and have harmful effects on the body, including the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, BI previously reported.

The Food and Drug Administration has cracked down on sales of Zyn to minors. Last month, the agency said it sent 119 warning letters to retailers and filed 41 civil complaints over sales of Zyn to underage buyers last year and this year.

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