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.


FDA keep questioning e-cigs’ safety

At first sight, the device looks similar to a simple cigarette. Like a common cigarette it has a white body and a brown filter. It even has an amber light at the tip. However, this is not a conventional cigarette; it is an “e-cig.”

Creators and manufacturers of electronic cigarettes market these devices as the first ever safe and healthy cigarette, exempt of hazardous chemicals that form part of tobacco products. The only consumable ingredient in electronic cig is liquid nicotine.

According to Erick Taieb, the president of Smoking Everywhere Company, one of the leading e-cigs distributors, the e-cig could be compared with nicotine gums and patches, but in case of e-cig smokers could still inhale.

However, the American Food and Drug Administration officials believe that electronic cigarettes are an unregulated and unapproved drug since there is a growing shortage of scientific evidence regarding their safety and effectiveness. The FDA is making efforts to stop importations of these devices to the United States.

The FDA communication manger Rita Chappell issued a written statement declaring that The FDA has been halting importations of the so-called ‘e-cigs’ for almost a year.

During the interview with CNN, Smoking Everywhere president Erick Taieb insisted that electronic cigarettes have been rather safe since there were absolutely no additional hazardous ingredients and all the peer-reviewed laboratory testing had been fulfilled in Europe, though Mr. Taieb refused a query from CNN reporter to make some analysis in the studio at the time of the interview.

E-cig contains a battery. Each time smoker inhales the devise, the battery heats nicotine, and delivers it to the smoker.

Prof. Mary-Ann Schroeder, smoking cessation expert at the University of Florida Medical Center stated that nicotine itself could not provoke health complications, however delivering heated pure nicotine may be very dangerous and as it has been a rather new invention, the researches and tests regarding its safety would be made during next year. Until that time experts could not say anything about the safety of electronic cigarettes to human health.

Smoking Everywhere and other electronic cigarettes distributors have sold hundreds of thousands of these devices sells throughout the United States, with the majority of them have been distributed by means of Internet stores and mall kiosks across the states. The company has accomplished several promotional activities including giving e-cigs to celebrities at this year’s Oscar awards. According to their reports, they expect a double sales increase in 2009.

Sales of electronic cigarettes have risen to such an amazing height in European Union and Latin America that the World Health Organization had to make a statement urging the manufacturers and distributors of electronic cigarettes to perform more safety testing and toxicity analyses in order to receive official authorization to sell them.

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