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.


Big step against Big Tobacco

Every day, 3,600 children try smoking and one third of them succumb to life-long addiction to nicotine. Many took their first puff on candy flavored cigarettes designed by tobacco companies to appeal to youth.

The free reign of tobacco changed Sept. 22 when it became illegal to manufacture and sell fruit and candy flavored cigarettes. The cigarettes that made a youth’s first smoke easier to tolerate are now illegal and gone from store shelves thanks to a provision of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Family Smoking and Prevention Act regulating tobacco products.

The Solano County Tobacco Education Coalition (TEC) has worked for 20 years to reduce the harmful effects of tobacco in our community. Our tools have been education, advocacy and mobilizing communities to enact policies and ordinances.

The new FDA law complements the Coalition’s Tobacco Retail Licensing (TRL) goal to reduce youth smoking. TRL establishes laws to hold merchants accountable for illegally selling to underage youth. This is an important step in preventing kids from easy access to tobacco products and TEC strongly supports TRL as a means to reduce availability of tobacco to youth in Solano County.

The tobacco industry still needs new smokers to replace the 394,000 who die annually from tobacco-related diseases. Big Tobacco knows that 90 percent of smokers started before the legal age of 18 to buy cigarettes.

We celebrate the fact that tobacco companies can no longer manufacture and market “cancer sticks” advertised with vivid photos illustrating mouth-watering flavors like “Warm Winter Toffee.”

While the TEC applauds this important step toward preventing the next generation from a deadly addiction, our work is not done. The FDA law left two gaping loopholes to be closed. Menthol cigarettes, the choice of 80 percent of African-American smokers, and flavored cigars and cigarillos, popular with teens, have escaped FDA regulation. We welcome the community to join us in our mission to “reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke in Solano County.”

Susan White
Chair, Solano County Tobacco Education Coalition
10/07/2009 Timesheraldonlin

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