Drink ‘Liquid Smoking’ if you itch for a cigarette

October 28th, 2008 - 10:05 am ICT by IANS  

London, Oct 28 (IANS) A Dutch company has come up with a non-nicotine based soft drink which gives off a sensation akin to smoking cigarettes.The drink, ‘Liquid Smoking’, comes in a 275ml can shaped like a cigarette packet and will cost £1.50 when introduced in Britain shortly.

It is an energy drink laced with South African herbs, which gives off “a slight energising effect, followed by a euphoric sense of calming and relaxation”.

It has been on sale in the Netherlands for nearly a year now, and the Dutch company, United Drinks and Beauty Corporation, plans to launch it in Britain close to Christmas, The Telegraph has reported.

There is no lower age limit to buy it, but the manufacturer believes it should not be drunk by anyone under 15.

Company chief executive Martin Hartman told The Telegraph: “The product we have developed has got similar properties to nicotine, so we are trying to help people out who are affected by the ban on nicotine.”

People might use this instead of a cigarette or tobacco to help the cravings. “It will take the edge off of a need for nicotine for between one to four hours.”

Anti-smoking groups in Britain are concerned as such alternatives to smoking are unregulated and users have only the manufacturers’ word about what they actually contain.

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