Beer spiked with nicotine

Producer says NicoShot can help drinkers stop smoking

July 5, 2005 - A German company has launched a beer, NicoShot, it claims is designed to help drinkers stop smoking.


"NicoShot is cigarette satisfaction in a beer without the smoke," according to a company press release. "For most smokers, three cans of NicoShot is comparable to an entire pack of conventional cigarettes. Best of all, there's none of the tar or carbon monoxide that comes from burning tobacco. Similar to nicotine gum, NicoShot is considered nicotine replacement therapy that provides a steady, controlled release of nicotine."

Manufacturer Nautilus GmbH Laboratoriumsbedarf said NicoShot is brewed to the German Purity Law of 1516 and contains 3 milligrams of naturally derived nicotine alkaloids, 63 calories and 4.5 carbohydrates, with 6.3% alcohol by volume per 250ml shot can. The beer is fire brewed separately and a standardized herbal extract of natural tobacco leaf of the Solanaceae nightshade family is added at the end of the brewing process.

The company press release also states: "While NicoShot can lessen cravings, it is not a 'cure' for smoking. But it can help you make changes in your lifestyle without having to walk out of the bar for a quick smoke to deal with sudden withdrawal symptoms."

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