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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State sues electronic cigarettes retailer

Sacramento - They look and may even taste like cigarettes, and their manufacturer claims they are a safe, tar-free alternative to the cancer-causing real thing.

But California Attorney General Jerry Brown says that electronic cigarettes - also known as e-cigarettes - contain dangerous chemicals and are being inappropriately marketed to children, and that their makers have no evidence to support claims that the product is safe.

On Wednesday, the state’s top cop filed suit in Alameda Superior Court accusing Smoking Everywhere, one of the largest e-cigarette retailers in the United States, of violating a number of state laws by making misleading statements, failing to warn consumers of the product’s potential harm and engaging in unfair business practices. A similar suit was filed against the same company by Oregon’s attorney general last year.

Brown wants the court to prohibit Smoking Everywhere from selling its product in California until the company produces evidence that e-cigarettes are safe.

Smoking Everywhere isn’t the only company to sell e-cigarettes in California, but a spokesman for Brown said he is targeting the manufacturer because they have been in talks with the attorney general and could not come to an agreement.

Smoking Everywhere’s e-cigarette kits retail for about $40 apiece online, look just like regular cigarettes - down to the light at the end of the product that glows when a person inhales - but are battery-operated and contain cartridges filled with nicotine.

When a user inhales, a heating device converts the chemicals contained in the cartridge into a vapor that can also be exhaled and resembles smoke.

“Right now there is no quality control, the (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) is not regulating them,” said Dana Simas, a spokeswoman for the attorney general.

“We want to make sure if there is nicotine, it’s a consistent amount and that there are no dangerous products such as anti-freeze in them.”

Last year, an FDA analysis found that e-cigarettes contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals - including an ingredient used in anti-freeze. The FDA, which seized several shipments of e-cigarettes, is embroiled in a court battle with e-cigarette manufacturers over whether the agency has the authority to regulate the product.

Simas said that while the company is not allowed to sell the product to minors, they have no age verification process on their Web site, where you can purchase the e-cigarettes.

“They’ve sold hundreds of thousands of them at mall kiosks and they sell them in flavors like strawberry, bubble gum, peaches and cream - things that attract younger buyers,” she said.

Company officials did not return a call seeking comment, but the product is touted on their Web site as “a tar-free way to enjoy smoking and the freedom to smoke most everywhere. The smokers still get their nicotine, but don’t get the side effects attributable to tar which contains real tobacco.”
Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
January 14, 2010

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