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tocacco Tobacco is an annual or bi-annual growing 1-3 meters tall with large sticky leaves that contain nicotine. Native to the Americas, tobacco has a long history of use as a shamanic inebriant and stimulant. It is extremely popular and well-known for its addictive potential.

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tocacco cigar A cigar is a tightly rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco which is ignited so that its smoke may be drawn into the mouth. Cigar tobacco is grown in significant quantities in Brazil, Cameroon, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Sumatra, Philippines, and the Eastern United States.

tocacco Tobacco is an agricultural product processed from the fresh leaves of plants in the genus Nicotiana. It can be consumed, used as an organic pesticide, and in the form of nicotine tartrate it is used in some medicines. In consumption it may be in the form of cheap cigarettes smoking, snuffing, chewing, dipping tobacco, or snus.

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Electronic cigarettes out off the market

Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg today urged the Food and Drug Administration to take electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” off the market until they are proven safe by the federal agency.

Electronic cigarettes, alternatives to cigarettes and other tobacco products, are battery-powered devices that use a vapor to deliver nicotine to smokers.  When the smoker inhales through the device, air flow is detected by a sensor, which activates a heating element that vaporizes a nicotine solution stored in the mouthpiece.

Manufacturers and retailers of these products claim that electronic cigarettes are safe, and even that these products can help smokers quit traditional cigarettes.  However, no clinical studies have proven these products are effective in helping smokers quit smoking, nor have any studies considered the safety of these products’ long-term health effects.  While the FDA has indicated it will evaluate electronic cigarettes on a case-by-case basis, it has not taken any enforcement action against these products, which are currently being sold in mall kiosks across the country and on the Internet.

Sen. Lautenberg is one of the Senate’s leaders in protecting Americans from the dangers of smoking.  Sen. Lautenberg wrote the law banning smoking on airplanes, which helped trigger a broader smoke-free revolution.  Sen. Lautenberg is also the author of a law banning smoking in buildings that house federally-funded facilities that serve children.

Sen. Lautenberg also worked to prohibit tobacco companies from using a Federal Trade Commission cigarette testing method to market their cigarettes as “light” or “low-tar.”  Sen. Lautenberg uncovered a lengthy history of false and deceptive cigarette ratings and marketing methods used by the tobacco industry based on this inaccurate testing method.  After years of pressure from Sen. Lautenberg, the FTC announced last November that tobacco companies are no longer allowed to use the outdated “FTC Method” of testing tar and nicotine levels as the basis for marketing claims of “light” and “low-tar” cigarettes.

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