A drink containing nicotine is being launched in Britain to help smokers beat the pub ban on cigarettes.

Liquid Smoking has proved a hit in the Netherlands, where it has been on sale for a year.

The drink, which contains 15 percent nicotine, also contains an African herbal extract said to provide drinkers with “a slight energizing effect plus a euphoric sense of calming and relaxation."

Guillaume van Grinsven, sales and marketing manager for Dutch supplier United Drinks and Beauty Corp., said the drink is, “an ideal healthy alternative to cigarettes.”

But anti-smoking groups have already raised concerns.

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