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.


Military planning a war on smoking

The image of a weary soldier puffing on a cigarette after a battle soon could be reduced to a Hollywood stereotype if the armed forces adopt recommendations by military health officials to phase out tobacco use.

The Institute of Medicine published, “Combating Tobacco in Military and Veteran Populations,” in June after a two-year study commissioned by the Pentagon and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It calls for phasing out tobacco use in the military over as much as 20 years.

The report cites tobacco for causing health problems that in the short term hamper military readiness and over the long term cost hundreds of millions of dollars a year in medical care and lost productivity.

The report states that soldiers and Marines who have been deployed in combat are far more likely to use tobacco than those who don’t.

Some of the proposals include banning the sale of tobacco on military installations and the use of tobacco in uniform. The Institute’s Web site also calls for programs to assist smokers with quitting.

“I don’t think they should be telling me I can’t smoke on a lunch break, as long as I’m in a designated area,” said Petty Officer Mike Argenio, who is stationed at the submarine base in Groton. “And I have a friend who is a Marine who had a healthy smoking habit when he was in Iraq. When he came back, he stopped smoking.”

Already restricted

Christopher Zendan, spokesman for the submarine base, said the base follows strict Navy smoking policies.
Zendan said most buildings on the base are smoke-free, and that all designated smoking areas are at least 50 feet from government buildings. The Reunion Pub, also on base, has a designated cigar room with sophisticated ventilation and filtration systems.

“We offer tobacco-cessation classes run by our command health clinic,” Zendan said. “We have classes both on base and off base.”

Hitesh Patel, who owns the Mini Mart Food Store across from the base’s main gate, said he does not get many cigarette customers from the base, as tobacco is available at lower cost on the base. He said there could be an increase eventually if sales were banned on the base.

Cynthia Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman, reiterated there is no ban in effect, and that the recommendations have not yet been given to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

She said the evidence is “overwhelming” in regard to the effects of tobacco on health and military readiness, but that the military offers cessation programs and counseling for those trying to quit.
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1 comment to Military planning a war on smoking

  • If the Pentagon is so worried about the health of the soldiers, maybe they should worry more about the Taliban trying to bomb and shoot them. Even though I am not an advocate of smoking, I believe anything they can do to relieve their stress should be OK. Smoking should be the least of their worries. And what would the punishment actually be if they were to get caught smoking? Because I highly doubt they would kick them out.

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