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.


Increase Cigarette Tax to cut Smoking

Almost all countries raised the cigarette taxes in order to decrease the smoking among their inhabitants. But recently, Bulgaria’s new government wants to raise excise duties on cigarettes 43 percent next year in a bid to curb smoking and help the health care system.

Statistics show that the Balkan country, which is home to 7.6 million people, has the second highest percentage of smokers in Europe and that’s why has decided to ban smoking in all public spaces from June next year.

According to a new survey, Bulgaria ranks second after Greece in the EU in terms of number of regular smokers as a percentage of the population, and more than half of men and more than a third of women smoke.

Finance Minister Simeon Djankov said that the excise duties on cigarettes will jump to 76 euros ($110.7) per 1,000 pieces as of January 1 from 53 euros at present, which will increase budget incomes by about 226 million levs ($168.4 million).

The move will be part of the 2010 budget which the new government of the center-right GERB party, that won July general elections, will discuss next week.

The EU’s poorest nation, hit by a deep decline, has cut spending by 15 percent this year and taken steps to curb smuggling and tax evasion for to avoid a budget lack this year.

Mr. Djankov explained that the cigarette tax growth was not aimed at helping the country’s revenues.

Some people argued that raising tobacco taxes is unfair to low-income smokers because they have to spend more of their limited income on cigarettes. But this is illogical. First, tobacco taxes are not the source of poverty, but the habit of smoking is an important factor contributing to poverty.

“This is mainly a health measure. Bulgaria needs to abruptly cut smoking,” Djankov told.

Even doctors said that Bulgaria ranked first in the EU last year in the number of deaths from cardiac diseases, linked to smoking.

Opponents to the move have said the planned increase will encourage cigarette smuggling and may lead to the bankruptcy of the dominant state cigarette maker Bulgartabak.

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