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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Flavored Cigarette Ban Takes Effect

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Attention smokers with a fondness for flavor: your Djarum Blacks cigarettes, vanilla cigarettes and packs of Splash are on the out. On Sept. 22, the Food and Drug Administration issued a ban on flavored cigarettes, including clove, candy or fruit flavors. The FDA is also considering a ban on menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products.

The FDA said flavored cigarettes are a “gateway” for children and teenagers to become regular smokers, and almost 90 percent of adult smokers start smoking as teenagers. The average age of a new smoker is 13.

Studies cited by the FDA have shown that 17-year-old smokers are three times as likely to use flavored cigarettes as smokers over the age of 25.

Mike Lynn, an employee at Harrisonburg’s B&B Tobacco, said he’s noticed this trend.

“Generally a younger population — females and a majority of college students — smoke flavored cigarettes,” Lynn said.

Lynn understood and agreed with the purpose of protecting children from harmful substances, but is wary of the new taxes, regulations and what lies ahead for the tobacco industry and himself.

“Twenty years from now, there will be no tobacco industry,” Lynn said. “A lot of people will be unemployed. We built this country on tobacco, and now we’re trying to kill this country on tobacco.”

This is the FDA’s first major crackdown on cigarettes since it was given the authority to regulate tobacco products as part of the new Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA). Signed into law by President Barack Obama on June 22, the act gives the FDA power to control marketing and endorsement of tobacco products.

“As of today, manufacturers should no longer make, distributors should no longer distribute, importers should no longer import, and retailers should no longer sell these products,” said Lawrence R. Deyton, director of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products, in the Sept. 22 press release.

Lynn said the ban decreased sales at B&B Tobacco, since it is one of only a few places that sell Djarum Black flavored cigarettes in Harrisonburg, but did not hurt the company as much as it hurt the niche market to which flavored cigarettes cater.

Freshman Josh Mukki, an ISAT major, said he’s already seen the effects of the new law on campus.

“One of my friends recently bought three cartons of cloves before they went illegal,” Mukki said.
B&B Tobacco stopped carrying flavored tobacco eight months ago due to a previous tax increase on the products, but recently started selling Djarum Blacks again after Kretek International Inc. filed a lawsuit against the FDA in an effort to prevent the ban. Kretek imports Djarum tobacco products from Indonesia and sued the FDA on Sept. 22 over claims of losing money.

This ban is the first of many anti-tobacco actions the FDA will pursue. According to the Web site, in January 2010 the FDA will require manufacturers to submit information about ingredients and additives in tobacco products. By April, there will be a ban on the use of tobacco-company logos at sports or entertainment events.

Labels could change by July 2010, as well. The terms “light,” “low” and “mild” will be banned and the FDA said it will strengthen warning labels on cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products.

Contact Natalie Strickland at [email protected]
© Copyright: October 1, 2009 Breezejmu

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1 comment to Flavored Cigarette Ban Takes Effect

  • Sarah

    I think this is complete nonsense. There is no study that proves that teenagers start smoking because of flavored cigarettes. Most start because their parents smoke. And most of them smoke traditional brands such as marlboro or camel. In addition, more ethnic groups smoke menthol than any other flavor of cigarette and they were not included in this ban. This is simply Big Tobacco’s way of getting more money in their pockets.

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