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.


Economies paying high price for smoking

Tobacco use costs the global economy hundreds of billions of euro a year, new research revealed today.

According to the authors of the Tobacco Atlas, tobacco consumption lost the world a staggering €349bn in 2007 through dropped productivity, premature deaths, and missed taxation opportunities due to cigarette smuggling.

In the same year, tobacco use cost the Irish and UK economies €685m and £1.58 bn (€1.8bn) respectively.

The 128-page atlas assesses the economic and health impact of tobacco across the world and also tracks the progress of tobacco control policies.

Despite Ireland’s and the UK’s substantial losses as a result of people lighting up, both governments received praise in the report for their smoking bans, tax increases and cigarette box warnings.

Developing countries fare less well however, with an estimated 72% of those who die from tobacco-related illnesses next year set to be from low and middle income nations.

Report co-author and World Lung Foundation adviser Judith Mackay said the ultimate responsibility for cutting tobacco use lay with governments.

“Individuals have got to try to prevent their children from smoking, to try to give it up themselves, and then you’ve got the role of employers too,” she said.

“But only governments can raise the tax, and only governments can raise the price.”

The report was launched in Dublin at an international cancer summit organised by cycling star Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong foundation.

The new book is the third Tobacco Atlas to be published, with previous editions in 2002 and 2006.
Ms Mackay said that while the atlas did highlight some worrying statistics, its authors also found some cause for optimism.

“If you look at the numbers, this epidemic is going to get worse. There will be more smokers, greater consumption and more deaths.

“But on the other hand, if you were to look since the 2006 edition we have had enormous advances, government commitments and funding for multiple projects. That progress needs to continue.”

© Copyright: 25 Aug, 2009 Breakingnews

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