tocacco plant Native American Tobaccoo flower, leaves, and buds

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.

tocacco nicotina Nicotiana tabacum

tocacco Nicotiana rustica leaves. Nicotiana rustica leaves have a nicotine content as high as 9%, whereas Nicotiana tabacum (common tobacco) leaves contain about 1 to 3%

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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House committee rejects alternative to FDA tobacco bill

The House Energy and Commerce committee today rejected a Republican substitute to the FDA tobacco bill by a vote of 13 in favor and 34 opposed.
The Republican amendment was offered by Rep. Steve Buyer of Indiana.
Buyer’s amendment would have created a new tobacco harm reduction center within the Department of Health and Human Services. The center would combine smoking cessation programs with industry strategies to reduce the harm from tobacco products, Republicans said.
Aides to Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said he may introduce a similar bill in the Senate.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., has reintroduced a bill that would allow the Food and Drug Administration to regulate cigarettes and other tobacco products. The House Commerce and Energy Committee is addressing the FDA tobacco bill today.

The main intent of the Youth Prevention and Tobacco Harm Reduction Act is:

* Establishing a Tobacco Harm Reduction Center within the U.S. Health and Human Services Department rather than through the Food and Drug Administration.

* Combining smoking-cessation programs with harm-reduction strategies, including increased research on smokeless-tobacco products and educating smokers about the potential reduced risk of harm in using those products.

* Protecting tobacco farmers from potential changes to farming practices.

“Adult tobacco consumers have a right to be fully and accurately informed about the risks of serious diseases, the significant differences in the comparative risks of different tobacco and nicotine-based products and the benefits of quitting,” according to the language in the House bill.

“This information should be based on sound science. Governments, public health officials, tobacco manufacturers and others share a responsibility to provide adult tobacco consumers with accurate information about the various health risks and comparative risks associated with the use of different tobacco and nicotine products.

“Tobacco products should be regulated in a manner that is designed to achieve significant and measurable reductions in the morbidity and mortality associated with tobacco use.”

By comparison, the potential FDA tobacco regulation bill does not carve out a niche for harm-reduction tobacco products.

“The Waxman bill simply keeps the same playing field. It keeps Philip Morris and Marlboro dominant,” said Bill Godshall, the executive director of Smokefree Pennsylvania.

Analysts have said that Philip Morris USA helped write the language in the proposed FDA tobacco-regulation bill.

“We’re against all tobacco, but where we disagree with Waxman and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in their focusing on kids,” Godshall said.

“We’re focusing on the 45 million people who are smoking today. Our goal is to push smokeless. It is proven to be less harmful than cigarettes, and the public needs to know it. Waxman’s bill treats all tobacco as if they’re equally bad, and that’s just not the case.”

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