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

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Feds set new restrictions on tobacco marketing

Tobacco companies will no longer be able to advertise in print publications, unless they are delivered to an adult by mail, if a new bill introduced by the federal government on Tuesday becomes law.

The proposed amendment to the Tobacco Act would repeal an exception that currently allows advertising in publications with an adult readership of at least 85 per cent. If the bill is passed, the revised Tobacco Act would leave tobacco companies with only two possible methods to advertise: signs in places where minors are prohibited, such as bars, and in publications that are delivered by mail to an adult. In provinces where advertising is already banned in bars, such as Quebec, or other restrictions are in place, tobacco companies may have even fewer options.

At a news conference to announce details of Bill C-32, which also includes a ban on flavoured cigarettes and cigarillos and a requirement for the mini-cigars to be sold in packages of at least 20, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said the tougher advertising regulations are in response to a “wave” of tobacco advertising in the last few years in publications that are easily accessible by young people.

“Of particular concern are the many free publications with contents that appeal to teens and are now available in curbside boxes, at small malls, and bus stops in just about every community in this country,” said Aglukkaq, who was referring primarily to free commuter newspapers and entertainment weeklies.

It’s impossible to restrict access by young people to the free publications or to determine if the readership is at least 85 per cent adult, according to a background document provided by the government, which also dated the resurgence of advertising to at least the fall of 2007 and said it has exposed young audiences to tobacco sales pitches.

“It’s time to close the gap so that the current generation of teens is not bombarded by tobacco advertising that makes smoking look cool,” the health minister said.

A spokesman for Imperial Tobacco Canada said the reason advertising increased after 2007 was because of a Supreme Court decision that upheld the right of tobacco companies to advertise, and that the minister’s comments about advertisements that make smoking look cool are unfounded and outdated.

“It’s not the case today,” said Eric Gagnon. “There’s a false perception, but we do not advertise to kids. Imperial Tobacco does not target minors in any of its marketing and advertisement efforts, the focus is really towards adults and we’ve been doing that based on what the Supreme Court has provided the right for us to do.”

Gagnon said Imperial Tobacco is reserving further comment on the proposed advertising crackdown until it has seen the text of Bill C-32 and is given more clarification on its proposals.

Imperial Tobacco does not manufacture flavoured tobacco products so the other proposals contained in the bill do not directly affect it, though Gagnon said Imperial Tobacco does support them.

Flavoured tobacco is commonly used in cigarillos, which the government says are the fastest growing tobacco product on the Canadian market. According to government statistics, 400 million of them were sold in Canada in 2007 compared to only 53 million six years earlier. They are often sold individually, for less than $2, or in “kiddie packs” of four to eight cigarillos.

They come in a range of fruit and candy flavours such as tropical punch, chocolate mint, strawberry, peach and vanilla, and critics say the packages are designed to look like markers, lip gloss and other products popular with young people.

“These types of marketing strategies have to stop. Tobacco is not candy and should never be mistaken as such,” said the health minister.

In addition to banning the addition of flavours, the new Tobacco Act would prohibit pictures or graphics of fruit or additives on the packaging so that products cannot even give the appearance of having a flavour. The bill also would bring cigarillos and blunt wraps in line with the packaging requirements for cigarettes, which mandate a minimum quantity of 20 in each package, thereby making them less affordable to young people.

Many of the proposals contained in Bill C-32 were also in a private member’s bill introduced recently by the NDP’s Judy Wasylycia-Leis. The MP said Tuesday she is happy the Tories “have taken up my challenge, which was to steal my private member’s bill and run with it.”

Health and anti-smoking groups also welcomed the proposals, which were promised by the Conservatives during the last election.

“Tobacco companies are endlessly innovative and to see the marketing of tobacco products flavoured like ice cream or candy or fruit is simply wrong,” said Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst at the Canadian Cancer Society. “We’re hopeful that MPs will adopt this bill quickly. It’s a very important gain for us.”

However, one of Canada’s major distributors of cigarillos, Casa Cubana, has described the government’s move as “purely anti-business legislation” and said it will fuel the already-thriving contraband tobacco market.

“This is just purely about attacking the industry,” company spokesman Luc Martial said in an interview earlier in the week.
© Copyright (c) Canwest News Service

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