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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Ireland first to ban tobacco advertising

Ireland will become the first country in the EU to remove all tobacco advertising from retail outlets tomorrow.

The changes mean that all tobacco products in shops are stored out of view, within a closed container or dispenser, only accessible by retail staff. A sign must be shown to advise that tobacco products are sold at the premises.

Retail staff may use a pictorial list to inform a customer aged over 18 who wishes to buy tobacco products as to the products that are available.

Self-service vending machines will be prohibited except in licensed premises and registered clubs.

All retailers of tobacco products must register with the Office of Tobacco Control.

ASH Ireland welcomed the legislation, describing it as another first for Ireland in the fight against tobacco and saying our Government is to be complimented on this initiative.

“This is important health legislation and we ask all retail outlets to ensure compliance so that children all around the country can be protected. Over the years retail outlets had become a major source of advertising and promotion for the tobacco industry and this of course allowed the industry bombard our children and make them feel comfortable with tobacco. Thankfully this is all about to change,” said Dr Angie Brown, chairperson of ASH Ireland.

ASH Ireland stressed that it is imperative that we do not become complacent about tobacco, as almost 30% of our population still smoke and close to 7,000 people die from tobacco related disease annually.

“We are dealing with an industry, which is prepared to invest heavily in the marketing and promotion of a killer product – and we must be forever creative and thorough in seeking ways to combat this,” it said.

The provisions to the Public Health (Tobacco) Acts 2002 and 2004 come into force Wednesday July 1st 2009.

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