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.


Petaluma park smokeout ahead?

Lighting up in a Petaluma park could soon be punishable by a $100 fine.
Petaluma’s City Council is poised to take up a ban on smoking in city parks after a commission voted 4-1 to recommend it. The proposal would:
Fine smokers $100 for the first offense and $200 for a second offense.
Expand rules barring smoking near entrances to buildings and inside bars and restaurants.
Cost the city about $5,000 for signs and decals informing park visitors of the ban.

The City Council on Monday will consider a smoking ban to reduce fire danger and litter and cut down on exposure to the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

If approved, the prohibition would take effect in August, making it illegal to puff a cigarette in a number of outdoor spaces, including all city parks and Putnam Plaza — a popular downtown smoking spot.

“If I want to kill myself, stop telling me I can’t do it this way,” said Lynne Beaudreauxlt, who paused in the plaza Wednesday for a cigarette after a trip to a frame shop. “Excuse me, but tell me when to have sex next.”

The ban comes at the urging of the American Lung Association and Sonoma County Department of Health Services, which are promoting a smoke-free parks initiative.

Last fall, the agencies made their case to the city’s recreation, music and parks commission, which voted 4-1 to recommend a prohibition in all public parks, excluding parking areas.

The ordinance would expand rules adopted in the mid-1990s that prohibit smoking near entrances to buildings and in bars and restaurants.

Scott Brodhun, assistant city manager, said the ban would cost the city about $5,000 for no-smoking signs and decals and would be enforced by police.

The fine for a first offense would be $100 and it would jump to $200 for a second infraction.

Brodhun said a study of bans in other cities, including Santa Rosa, found they were successful. Smokers were informed about the change in policy in utility bills and responded well to signs, according to a city report.

“I think people ought to have the expectation that they can go out to a park and not have to inhale smoke,” Brodhun said.

The measure is likely to get council support.

“On the face of it, it looks like a proposal that makes sense to protect public health,” Mayor Pam Torliatt said.

The ban couldn’t come too soon for Jill Scatchard, whose Petaluma gift store opens to the plaza on Petaluma Boulevard.

Scatchard said clouds of noxious tobacco fumes waft into her store throughout the day, primarily from teenagers who buy their cigarettes illegally.

“In this plaza, there’s no place to get away from it,” said Scatchard, who’s had the shop for 13 years. “Here, if someone’s smoking, you’re smelling it.”

However, others, including some nonsmokers, said it would be wrong to ban smoking outdoors, especially when smoking is forbidden almost everywhere else.

Sarah Paine, a downtown business owner who partakes in an occasional cigarette at Putnam Plaza, said as long as smokers are considerate, they should be free to puff in parks.

“As long as people don’t smoke around children, I don’t believe the city should be able to tell you where you can and can’t smoke,” Paine said.
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