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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What Hurts Smokers And Helps Cigarette Companies?

Congress is about to begin deliberations of two competing approaches to tobacco regulation. The outcome of the debate will have an impact on business-and public health-for decades to come.

The first approach, known as the Kennedy-Waxman bill, will give the beleaguered Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco. On its face, this is a good thing. After all, cigarettes are the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

But the devil is in the details. First of all, the Kennedy-Waxman bill, named after its sponsors Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and Rep. Henry Waxman D-Calif., was in fact written by Altriaand an activist group, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CFTFK).

The bill has numerous provisions that, from a public health perspective, actually make matters worse, rather than better.

For instance, the bill will make it virtually impossible for companies to promote less harmful forms of tobacco. If the bill passes, we won’t replicate the good news coming out of Sweden, where tobacco-related deaths plummeted when smokers switched from cigarettes to the less harmful snus, or smokeless tobacco.

Snus is a pouch of tobacco that gives smokers the nicotine they crave without the myriad harmful chemicals that come from burning and inhaling tobacco. The risk of oral cancer from smokeless tobacco is low-far lower than the oral cancer risk from smoking cigarettes.

And switching from cigarettes to snus eliminates the risk of heart disease lung cancer and the other systemic diseases related to smoking. And of course, there’s no secondhand smoke from snus.

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