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.

tocacco Cigarettes are smoking products consumed by people and made out of cut tobacco leaves. Cigars are typically composed completely of whole-leaf tobacco. A cigarette has smaller size, composed of processed leaf, and white paper wrapping. The term cigarette refers to a tobacco cigarette too but it can apply to similar devices containing other herbs, such as cannabis.
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Ad Industry Fights Tobacco Bill

New legislation that tightens the reins on tobacco marketing is roiling an advertising industry already facing increased government scrutiny and steep declines in ad spending.

Last week, Congress passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, giving the Food and Drug Administration power to control the manufacturing, marketing and advertising of tobacco products. The rules include bans on giveaways of nontobacco items with the purchase of tobacco products and on outdoor tobacco ads within 1,000 feet of schools and playgrounds.

The bill, which President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law, would also impose new limits on magazine advertising, one of the last outposts of tobacco advertising.

Tobacco advertising has been declining since the 1970s, when TV and radio commercials for cigarettes were banned. The industry cut back heavily on magazine ads in 2000, under pressure after placing ads in magazines with many young readers.

Last year, tobacco companies spent $78.4 million on ads in the U.S., with $69.3 million of that in magazines, mostly male-oriented publications including Maxim, Playboy, Men’s Journal and Field & Stream, according TNS Media Intelligence, an ad-tracking firm owned by WPP.

Any further loss of revenue, even the relatively small amount flowing from tobacco, would hit at a particularly hard time for the magazine industry, which saw ad spending drop 21% in the first quarter of 2009 from a year earlier, according to TNS.

The ad industry opposes the legislation, arguing that it violates free speech.

In recent years, ad industry groups have pushed back against the U.S. on a wide range of issues, including prescription drugs and consumer privacy online. The Association of National Advertisers, or ANA, is currently lobbying against a bill that would ban broadcasting of ads for erectile dysfunction drugs during certain times of the day.

Magazines that have “a significant readership of people” under the age of 18 wouldn’t be allowed to run a tobacco ad unless it was black-and-white text only, a “tombstone” in ad-industry parlance. Tombstone ads would command a far lower rate than the colorful print ads that tobacco companies have relied on for decades.

Advertisers argue that their industry can regulate itself and that the legislation could set a dicey precedent for products such as alcohol and fast food. Last week’s legislation would be “the most restrictive advertising bill ever passed in the U.S. for a legal product,” says Dan Jaffe, executive vice president for government relations at the ANA.

A spokeswoman for Reynolds, a unit of Reynolds American, said she can’t give details on its advertising plans for competitive reasons but that the tobacco company “will be in compliance with the law.”

A spokesman for tobacco maker Lorillard said it is “premature to speculate on what the future will hold.” Lorillard plans to spend about $12 million on magazine ads for all of 2008 and 2009.

“Until we see the final form of legislation, we can’t say if or how this bill will affect us,” a Playboy spokeswoman said. A spokeswoman for Alpha Media, publisher of Maxim, declined to comment on the legislation.
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