Wednesday, 16 January 2008

The Smoking Ban v Beers and Ales Made With Nicotine

I can't believe I am writing this but it's true - NicoShot Beer, from Germany, is the world’s first nicotine-infused beer, designed to help smokers control cravings.

According to the press release, NicoShot is not necessarily a cure for smoking, but it can help smokers make lifestyle changes "without having to walk out of the bar for a quick smoke to deal with sudden withdrawal symptoms."

NicoShot contains a shot of natural nicotine, equivalent to a few regular filtered cigarettes. One 250 ml can of NicoShot contains 6.3% alcohol by volume. The press release notes that three cans of the brew are comparable to an entire pack of cigarettes:

"Similar to nicotine gum, NicoShot is considered nicotine replacement therapy that provides a steady, controlled release of nicotine . . . It can be used to relieve withdrawal symptoms at the beginning of quitting, to relieve urges from cigarette smoke (cravings) while quitting, or to avoid relapse months after quitting when a new stress or situation may trigger a strong urge to smoke."

NicoShot is made by fire brewing the beer separately and then adding a standardized herbal extract of natural tobacco leaf (Nicotiana tabacum L.).

And Germany is not the only one at it – there are reports that The Old Bear Brewery in Keighley, Yorkshire, has reacted to the smoking ban in pubs here in the UK by making a Tobacco Beer with nicotine. This means that the customer can enjoy his beer and get the nicotine at the same time, without leaving the pub. However on checking their site I can't find any reference to this – does anyone know more?

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