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.


Philip Morris to challenge ban on display of tobacco products

A County Donegal shopkeeper will join forces with cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris tomorrow to legally challenge Ireland’s ban on the display of tobacco products in shops.

A lawsuit will be filed at the high court in Dublin by Philip Morris Limited, Philip Morris Products SA and Donegal Town shopkeeper Maurice Timony.

Timony and the multinational are seeking to overturn the ban on the grounds that it severely restricts their ability to provide trade and violates Irish and EU constitutional law.

Ireland imposed its ban on the display of tobacco products in shops in July. Similar bans exist in Iceland and some provinces of Canada, and the British government is considering whether to join them.

Timony said he should be entitled to display the products which the Irish government has given him a licence to sell.

“The country is swamped in legislation that is making life very difficult for compliant retailers like me. The ban on the display of cigarettes is just one example of a piece of over-regulation that has negatively affected my business,” he said.

“As a law-abiding retailer, I have a responsibility to my employees to make sure that I can continue to employ them going forward. Simply put, enough is enough.”

In a statement released on the eve of the court case, Anne Edwards, a spokeswoman for Philip Morris Limited, said: “We know from our experience in Iceland that a total ban on tobacco display does not work, is costly to implement and ineffective at reducing smoking levels.

“Ireland already has one of the worst illegal cigarette problems in the EU and this ban is making it worse. No one likes to litigate, but we have unfortunately arrived at a point where we see no alternative. By taking this action, we ask the Irish government, what type of industry do you want? One that is legitimate and supports effective regulation or one that is run by criminal gangs selling cheap, illegal cigarettes on street corners?”

A 2008 survey commissioned by Philip Morris showed that 29.3% of cigarettes found in Ireland were non-domestic, the highest recorded level in the EU.

Cigarettes worth nearly €4m (£3.7m) were seized after being brought illegally into Dublin port today. A joint operation involving Irish customs officers and the garda uncovered more than 10m Gold Classic cigarettes in a container which arrived from Egypt.

By Henry McDonald, Guardian

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