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 cigarettes smoking, snuffing, chewing, dipping tobacco, or snus.

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Making the most of technology and IT to support the tobacco strategy

UKBA has a wide range of tools available to help detect illicit goods at the border, including those detailed below which will be used to support the tobacco strategy.
X-ray scanning • A program of replacement and upgrading of mobile freight x-ray scanning
equipment equipment will enhance UKBA capability with new state of the art equipment.
Two new mobile freight scanners will be operational by April 2009 to replace
older units. A program of redeployment of mobile scanner units will seek to
make best use of this method of screening large volumes of freight and
container traffic.
• New equipment, capable of x-raying whole pallets of goods, is being introduced.
This will enable quicker, detailed screening of freight loads to identify possible
tobacco concealments.
• A program of replacing old static x-ray equipment at some airports with new
high-definition x-ray equipment to detect tobacco products in passengers’
baggage will add to the armoury of equipment available to Border
Force officers.
Automatic Number Plate • A review of the ANPR capability of UKBA, commencing in November 2008,
will lead to a program of equipment upgrades and system enhancement
Recognition during 2009.

Freight Targeting System (FTS)• The FTS will be further expanded in November 2008, adding container traffic
to the ever-increasing scope of its automated manifest-checking. This will be
followed by enhancements to enable the checking of all other non-EU cargo
entering the UK by 2010.
E-Borders • By the end of 2008, we will begin counting people in and out of the country
through the introduction of one of the most advanced electronic border
systems in the world (e-borders). The pilot scheme for our electronic border
system (Project Semaphore) has already checked over 67 million passenger
movements since January 2005. The collection and analysis of passenger and
crew data on all journeys to and from the UK will support targeting and
selection activity. Since 2004 it has resulted in many seizures, including
significant amounts of tobacco products.
• Year on year development will result in the collection and analysis of 95%
of passenger and crew details by 2011. The ability to match watchlists to
passenger and crew data will significantly enhance UKBA’s ability to
monitor and intercept persons of interest.
The new opportunities presented by these technological developments will enable us to monitor
the movements of repeat offenders and those we suspect of tobacco smuggling. Increased watchlist
checks will be fully utilised as a means to interdict smuggling attempts and build a detailed
intelligence picture.

The sale of cigarettes via the internet has expanded rapidly and UKBA are exploring innovative
ways of exploiting technology to tackle this smuggling method. UK Border Intelligence officers
have initiated an exercise to identify the top 10 internet suppliers using internet analysis tools
with a view to targeting resource at postal consignments originating from these sites. Through
high levels of interception and seizure of tobacco goods we want to put these companies out of
business and discourage purchasers from buying tobacco goods online.

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