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.


Are taxes on tobacco products working to decrease smoking?

So far the new $1-per-pack state sales tax seems to be making a lot of smokers cut back or give up. If this holds true, the Florida tax stands to save the taxpayer a lot more than the $1 billion.

Less smoking means less expensive lifestyle diseases of the sort that are driving health care in the United States toward a financial precipice.

Studies have shown links between smoking and many different types of cancer, accelerated aging, anxiety disorders, hypertension, heart disease, respiratory ailments and strokes. Treating each drives up the cost of health care in the United States especially if low- to moderate-income people without health insurance use emergency rooms for care.

The reliance of the state of Florida on tobacco settlements and tobacco taxes is satisfying short-term, but immoral. If taxation destroys the tobacco industry, we’ll all be better off. Sorry about the effect on convenience stores.

But if you’re living off the disease caused by the sale of products such as cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and smokeless tobacco, get other products.

Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature voted to increase the state cigarette tax by $1 a pack to help balance the budget. The anti-smoking scolds declared that along with raising money, the tax would cut down on tobacco use, improving overall health and save on medical bills.

Obviously, people would be better off if they didn’t smoke, but that doesn’t mean excessive taxation of tobacco is the way to engineer a tobacco-free society.

It’s hard to imagine a more regressive tax. The financially underprivileged pay a disproportionate share of tobacco taxes.

“All these people need to do to avoid the taxes is to stop smoking,” the scolds argue. But nicotine addiction is one of the hardest addictions to break.

High taxes now make cigarette counterfeiting and bootlegging even more profitable. Buy cigarettes in a low-tax state and sell them illegally in a high-tax location. Or hijack a truck loaded with cigarettes and unload them in New York City, where a pack of legal smokes can cost upward of $10.

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