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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Texas smoking ban won’t survive legislative session

Sponsors of a statewide smoking ban conceded Tuesday that the issue is lost for this legislative session.

Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, blamed the smooth, silent wisps left by the tobacco lobby for killing the measure that would have banned smoking in public places, mirroring ordinances in more than 20 Texas cities.

While some lawmakers said they opposed the measure because it placed restrictions on privately owned businesses, Ellis said that was just a smoke screen.

“Big Tobacco is a powerful interest group to go up against,” he said. “They’re smart. They have focus groups. They know what issues to troop out there.”

Tobacco companies have hired about 40 lobbyists for around $2 million this session, but tobacco interests said they are being blamed unfairly. Altria, one of the largest tobacco companies, said it does not lobby on smoking bans.

Cigar shops, vending companies and bar owners publicly questioned the proposal’s encroachment on their customers and businesses.

Still, more than half of the House and Senate members had publicly supported the plan, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst personally lobbied senators to try to win sufficient support.

House sponsor Rep. Myra Crown-over, R-Denton, wasn’t ready to point fingers but said education was still necessary so that more Texans would realize that secondhand smoke kills.

“The bill was specifically and exclusively written to protect employees in the state of Texas, who shouldn’t have to choose between their health and their paycheck,” Crownover said.

She said she is determined to pursue the issue in lawmakers’ next session in two years, convinced a ban could save “thousands of lives and billions of dollars.”

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