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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Reestablish the Smoking Clause to Health Bill

As all the people know, smoking is injurious to human health. Indonesia’s House of Representatives suggested the exception of the clause on tobacco from the health bill was a technical error. That is not just misleading but attacking to the public’s intelligence.

The government and the House are facing heavy pressure to examine how a part of the bill identifying tobacco as an addictive substance disappeared from the law passed by the legislature. The legislation is now expecting only the signature of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for to take effect.

Tobacco Company lobbied hard against the incorporation of the tobacco clause in the new law. It said: “We can only suppose at this junction about whether any money changed hands, but we strongly urge that a full and transparent investigation be conducted into the matter.”

Scientists pointed out that the public is now questioning whether the exception of the section on tobacco happened by accident or by design.

Former lawmaker Hakim Sarimuda Pohan has said that hush money were common during the legislative process, with interested parties lobbying legislators to establish favorable laws.

Either by accident or design, this is an unforgivable chance or the bill must be revised, with the missing section restored. Most of Indonesians hope that President Yudhoyono will not sign this imperfection piece of legislation into law.

It has been finally proven that cigarette smoking is harmful and addictive. That’s why there should be no more discussions on this issue. It is the government’s obligation to defend the health of all Indonesians, especially the young, who are the most sensitive to the marketing muscle of big tobacco companies.

The debate that tobacco farmers will suffer if any restrictions are imposed on cigarette companies is not true. This is not a true argument, because tobacco farmers are poorly compensated, most live in poverty and they could do far better economically if they switched to food crops such as corn or soybeans.

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