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 cheap cigarettes smoking, snuffing, chewing, dipping tobacco, or snus.


Smoking Bill will Impact Cigarette Industry

Congress passed a bill that allows the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the marketing and production of cigarettes. Under the bill, the FDA can print all of the ingredients involved in making cigarettes on packages, ban flavored cigarettes and reduce the amount of nicotine in a pack of smokes. Ames McCurtis works for the Department of Community Health. That’s why he feels good about new legislation. It allows the Food and Drug Administration to regulate cigarettes.

James McCurtis, Department of Community Health: “This looks like a good step in the right direction.”

And a step that may help smokers put out their butts for good. The bill requires cigarette companies to list all their ingredients. McCurtis says, if people know what they’re inhaling with every puff, smokers may decide to quit.

James McCurtis: “What better way to do that than to be transparent and to let the people know what’s going on and what type of ingredients are going into their bodies?”

Joan Sutberry, Lansing: “I actually quit for six months.”

Joan Sutberry has been smoking for more than 20 years. Like most Americans, she has tried quitting, but a bill like this may encourage her to try again.

Joan Sutberry: “It may be easier to quit smoking if you decide to quit smoking.”

Jayne VanKirk doesn’t buy it though. She says, since the bill doesn’t ban smoking, people will still light up.

Jayne VanKirk, Lansing: “I know I shouldn’t be smoking, but I choose to do it anyway. Unless you make smoking illegal, you know, give it up.”

And although this may be true, McCurtis is confident the bill will get smokers to stop lighting up and put their cigarettes down. The bill passed by congress now heads to President Obama. He says he’ll sign it into law.
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