German brewery Nautilus GmbH Laboratoriumsbedarf has launched a beer laced with nicotine. The beer, NicoShot, is brewed to German purity laws of 1516, but nicotine alkaloids are added to the mixture at the end of the process. Each 250ml can of the 6.3% ABV beverage contains in total 3mg nicotine, such that three cans provide roughly the same amount of nicotine as a standard packet of cigarettes. Nautilus intends to sell the product as an aid to giving up smoking and to take advantage of the wave of statutory smoking bans sweeping across the EU. The company said: "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. "Over time, when you are more comfortable being a nonsmoker, the use of nicotine beer can be reduced and then stopped."

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