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

State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues

State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues (SLATI) 2007 is the American Lung Association’s comprehensive annual compendium
of state tobacco control laws. It provides information
on state tobacco control laws in a number of different areas, including smokefree air, tobacco taxes, youth access laws and funding for state tobacco
prevention programs as of January 1, 2008. SLATI has been published every year since 1988 and exclusively by the American Lung Association since 1996. The report is the only resource of its kind in tobacco control today—summarizing state tobacco control laws on an annual basis. A midterm report detailing state activity on tobacco control issues in 2008 to date will be released in July.
Highlights of 2007:
Smokefree Air: Five states—Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico and Oregon—approved legislation
that will prohibit smoking in almost all public places and workplaces, including restaurants and bars. These states join 16 other states1 and the District of Columbia that have already met the American Lung Association’s Smokefree Air 2010 Challenge and approved
comprehensive smokefree air laws. Laws in 17 states2 and the District of Columbia had taken full effect as of January 1, 2008. In January 2006, the American Lung Association issued its Smokefree Air 2010 Challenge, which calls on all states to pass comprehensive
smokefree laws no later than 2010.
Tennessee also became the first traditional tobacco-growing state to pass a strong law prohibiting smoking in many public places and workplaces; however, the law is not comprehensive because it contains several exemptions. New Hampshire approved legislation prohibiting smoking in restaurants and bars, but smoking is still allowed in many other public places and workplaces. Colorado and Idaho also closed loopholes in their respective state laws for casinos and bowling alleys.

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