Nicotine water is a controversial smoking alternative delivered as clear water in every day water bottles. Nicotine water, also known in smoking circles as Nic water has had a long and embattled history of petitions and FDA disapproval in the United States.
Nic water is bottled water containing nicotine as an active ingredient. The manufacturers of the product introduced it as a "safe nicotine drink for smokers trying to quit and smokers prohibited from smoking". No wonder, nic water was targeted for airports, restaurants and bars were people are now no-longer allowed to smoke.
In trial sales around 2006, nearly 300 000 bottles were purchased and many other consumers were left asking were it could be found. The water bottles came flavored with lemon and were a clear instant hit.
Nico water found a niche based on research findings showing that some smokers just can't quit. They would however appreciate an alternative to nicotine that might help them reduce smokingrates.
NicLite the leading supplier of nico water urges its customers to simply sip the nic water for best results. Depending on smoking habit, consumers are encouraged to drink half-bottle or one bottle as needed to reduce cravings.
Each bottle of nico water contains about 4 milligrams of nicotine enough to match two cigarettes or a stick of nicotine chewing gum. The effect of a bottle lasts up to 3 hours all dependent on an individual's smoking habits. For safety reasons consumers are not to exceed four bottles per day a near equivalent of 8 cigarettes.
The creators of the product admit that it is not a smoking cessation product. Yet many users have reported nicotine water helps them smoke less and less. One user is quoted as saying;
" I was very pleased and in fact pleasantly surprised at the effectiveness of your product. After smoking 2 packs a day for 30 years I took one bottle in the morning and 1 early afternoon and had no craving for a cigarette all day. I loved the taste and felt a calmness throughout the day as well as I did not have my normal late day fatigue when I got home from work..."
Nicotine water troubles
Nic water stirred some sleeping waters by initially arriving on the market as intended to treat or mitigate nicotine addiction as a nicotine addiction. This was rejected by the FDA primarily because nicotine addiction is considered a disease and any product that claims treatment must undergo rigorous testing and produce efficacy data gathering. This is not an easy task nor is it cheap. The concerned businesses could not take this up.
Due to citizen petitions submitted to the FDA raising concerns about nic water usage and subsequent possible addiction by under age youngsters; it was highly unlikely nicotine water would see the light of day. The companies concerned eventually registered the product as a Homeopathic Nicotinum Complex Formula. A less attractive option for what was initially intended.
In the ensuing controversy some pharmacies like Rite Aid which had initially stocked the water pulled out under the weight of criticism. At about $2.00 per half-liter bottle at par with other nicotine free natural bottled water products; control against teenage abuse is still a major concern.
Nicotine water side effects
The side effects of nic water are not well known. It is incumbent upon individuals to care about the side effects of products that somehow evade rigorous testing. Relying on respective company information alone is never adequate.
From what is already known nicotine is harmful by nature yet produces immediate harmful side effects when overdosed. Nicotine overdose can even cause nicotine poisoning. Advice to users to drink not more than 4 bottles per day by companies concerned perhaps indicates the dangers of over-consumption.
It can also be inferred from what we already know about other alternative smoking products that smoking and drinking nico water at the same time will result in severe side effects. Pregnant women and nursing mothers ought to also consider staying away from nicotine water.
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