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


Priest urges smokers to sue cigarette firms

Saying his brother Vincent has finally given a face to smoking’s ill effects, Fr. Robert Reyes and anti-smoking advocates Monday urged other victims to file cases against tobacco companies.

Reyes said the fact that his brother’s P500,000 damage suit against Philip Morris has reached the pre-trial stage was already a huge accomplishment.

“Because Judge Winlove (Dumayas of the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 59) did not dismiss the case and is opening the case for pretrial, we have made a very big [step]. With media covering this case and helping [us] reach the sector that’s being affected and the sector not yet addicted to this product, it’s already a very big step forward,” the activist priest said.

In Monday’s proceedings, Dumayas moved the pre-trial to April 23 to resolve the two motions filed by Philip Morris.

“Philip Morris would do everything to quash this case because it’s a very dangerous precedent. But they will have to spend so much money and pull the strings available to them [to stop this case]. All the other cases, they were successful, napa-dismiss nila [these were dismissed],” Reyes said.

Vincent, who suffered from lung cancer, filed the case months before he passed away in December 2004 at the age of 47. Reyes, who is now based in Hong Kong, and Vincent’s family pursued the complaint which was remanded by the Court of Appeals to the Makati court.

“This is exactly what we’re pointing out all these years – that cigarettes can kill. There are so many people like Vincent. He puts a face to this reality,” said Dr. Maricar Limpin of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Despite the costs, Reyes said the case was worth fighting for as his brother wanted his story to serve as a warning to all smokers and to teens planning on taking up the vice.

“Whether this case wins or lose, we want to start a campaign for the youth enticed by smoking. Don’t start [the habit]. Cigarettes are poison,” he added.

Limpin, meanwhile, also encouraged other people to file cases against tobacco companies so these would be held liable for the adverse effects of smoking.

Source: Newsinfo.inquirer

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