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.


Obama Has A Smoking Habit, What’s The Big Deal Anyway?

At the press conference yesterday, the press corp asked more questions about the current status of President Obama’s smoking habit, perhaps more than any other topics. This is a sad statement for the press, and America’s priorities at large.

As an on and off smoker myself for about 35 years, I know a thing or two about the pleasure and addiction that tobacco represents. In my case, I was quite literally addicted to nicotine at birth. My mother smoked when she was expecting me, but again it was the mid 1950’s. At the time smoking was sort of cool & even sexy.

Today, everyone knows about the great health risks coming from the use of any tobacco products. Tobacco is perhaps one of the most insidious drugs. It can be enjoyable at first, but quite quickly your system and brain circuitry become addicted to nicotine. It becomes closely associated with pleasures ,such as a good meal or sex, but it is mainly a stress coping mechanism. It is insidious, any ex-smoker can have a relapse at any giving time.

I managed to stop smoking for about 5 years a few years ago. However, I own a house in New-Orleans. When Katrina’s drama was unfolding, I was in Canada. The amount of stress and complete uncertainty took me right back to my nicotine addiction.

Nobody in his right mind can advocate the use of tobacco products, but the crusade mentality of the anti-smoking Nazis prevalent in America & most of Western Europe today is disturbing. Smoking has become a stigma, and smokers are now looked down like social pariahs.

Americans are focusing on one product instead of looking into other factors hazardous to their health.Of course, tobacco is bad for you, but so is excessive consumption of read meat, fry food and all the products with a high content of sugar such as soft drinks. Nothing wrong with this “war on tobacco”, but then we should have one on fast food and soda pops.

In the case of President Obama, he apparently decided to quit smoking during the election last year. I am not sure if he succeeded, but it appears that he had a relapse. Should it matter to anyone else beside the President and his family? Absolutely not.

He has arguably the most stressful job on the planet. Smoking is his copping mechanism. In the case of Nixon it was drinking, in the cases of Kennedy & Clinton it was sex addiction.To my knowledge, President Obama was not elected as anti-smoking-advocate- in- chief . As an historical reminder, Winston Churchill, the man who successfully steered the UK during WWII smoked about 10 very big Cuban cigars a day, it did not impaired his judgment or even his longevity for that matter.

We shouldn’t be judging or even care. After all, it is better to have a President with a brain but craving a cigarette every now and then, as opposed to one with no intellect who couldn’t stop drinking until he found Jesus.
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