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.


Cigarette vending machines should be banned

Cigarette vending machines should be banned and manufacturers forced to use ‘plain packaging’, as the British Medical Association urge drastic moves to prevent children smoking.
The BMA, which also wants to ban tobacco displays, is urging MPs to support proposals in the Health Bill which is debated in the House of Commons for the first time today.

It says nearly one in four British adults still smokes despite tobacco being the most common cause of death. Most smokers take up the habit before the age of 25.

The Bill stops short of an outright ban on vending machines, proposing instead age-restriction mechanisms such as payment with tokens that could only be bought by those over 18 or a remote control thar shopkeepers could activate if they believe the customer to be over 18.

The government says its measures would be brought in by 2011 and monitored to check they are working. If not, ministers will consider banning vending machines altogether in 2013.

Last month, the Lords endorsed a ban on the display of tobacco products in shops by 2013 but voted down an amendment to outlaw vending machines immediately as favoured by the BMA.

Dr Vivienne Nathanson, head of BMA science and ethics, said: “MPs in Westminster have a real opportunity to help protect children from a lifetime of addiction and the associated diseases that go hand in hand with smoking.

“Displaying packets of cigarettes in shops, cigarette vending machines and tobacco packaging all contribute to normalising the habit and encourage the onset of smoking,” she added.

Almost 200,000 children aged between 11 and 15 are thought be regular smokers. A study by the British Heart Foundation estimated that 46,000 children bought cigarettes from vending machines in 2006.

In Scotland, where one third of those aged 16 to 24 smokes, ministers have already announced a ban on vending machines and shop-shelf displays.

The Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association says there is “no credible evidence” that the move will reduce youth smoking while retailers say teenagers would be more attracted by under-the-counter goods.

A spokesman for the Department of Health said: “The Government is very pleased that the House of Lords has voted to support our new proposals for tobacco control which will be particularly important in helping to protect children and young people by supporting them to resist the temptation to start smoking.”

The spokesman added more evidence was needed before it would consider moves to enforce plain tobacco packaging.

A YouGov poll commissioned by antismoking group Action on Smoking and Health (Ash), of 3,330 people found that 65 per cent supported a complete ban on cigarette vending machines, while 43 per cent favoured the introduction of plain packaging.

Neil Rafferty, a spokesman for smokers’ lobby group Forest, said: “In one Canadian province, youth smoking actually went up in the first 18 months after a display ban was introduced.

“As far as vending machines go, the simple solution is to make them credit card operated – then children can’t use them.”

He also criticised plans to ban packs of 10, arguing that children could still afford packs of 20.

Dr Nathanson added: “With most smokers becoming addicted before their mid-20s, it is essential that we try and prevent young people from taking up smoking in the first place.

“A teenager might think that cigarettes are cool but the reality is that smoking is one of the most dangerous things they are likely to do – it has a 50 per cent chance of killing them.”

Ireland, Thailand and Iceland have all forced the sale of cigarettes under the counter, with some Australian and Canadian territories following suit but the evidence has been mixed. In Iceland, the number of 15- to 19-year-olds who say they have smoked has remained constant at 30 per cent since its display ban in 2001.
© Copyright:Telegraph

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1 comment to Cigarette vending machines should be banned

  • I like the idea of having them credit card operated but I don’t think that will keep children from finding a way to buy cigarettes. It seems like the cigarette vending machines are getting closer to becoming obsolete.

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