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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.

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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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FDA to Contest Federal Court’s Ruling on Electronic Cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is set to challenge that ruling by a federal court judge that decided the Body has no legal e-cigarettesauthority to control personal vapor-producing devices, i.e. so-called electronic cigarettes.

On February 1st Food and Drug Administration senior attorney submitted a claim to Federal Court of Appeals located in Washington DC to issue on an expedited basis an injunction on the ruling of federal judge that prohibits the agency from halting the shipments of the devices on US border.

The FDA claimed it virtually has the legal powers to control some merchandise in case it contains nicotine solution, and consider such products to be medications, along with nicotine gums, sprays, patches and drugs. The attorney claimed the federal judge was misled to believe that such hazardous and addictive products like electronic cigarettes presented no harm to its potential users.

The situation with e-cigs displays the limits of FDA’s authority, and both the agency officials and independent public health groups have been trying to persuade general public and federal court that easing the restrictions on the importations of electronic cigarettes could have grave consequences for public health.

Last month, District Judge Richard J. Leon ruled that the major manufacturers of electronic Smoking Everywhere Inc. and NJoy are entitled to import their products to U.S. market, whereas the FDA does not have authority to control the devices and halt their shipments. The ruling came together with a preliminary injunction, which permitted leading e-cig companies to resume importing and selling the devices in USA.

The FDA agents worked together with US Customs to detain the importations of electronic cigarettes, which resemble ordinary cigarettes, and contain nicotine, but are tar-free. Public health organizations were concerned that these devices are advertised as being safer and healthier substitutes for conventional tobacco products.

The FDA displayed its authority by stating that e-cigarettes were virtually drugs or products which were imported into the country without the agency’s approval. Regulating electronic cigarettes as drugs implied that sellers and manufacturers would be obliged to carry out thorough safety examinations and receive FDA approval.

Nevertheless, Smoking Everywhere and NJoy are willing to circumvent such tests. The manufacturers claim their goods are intended for recreation, and in contrast to gums and drugs, should not be used as smoking-cessation therapies. The federal judge’s ruling was based on a 2000 ruling by Supreme Court in FDA v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp lawsuit. Then, the court ruled that permitting tobacco products to be promoted as devices or drugs would led to their being prohibited from the market.

The FDA attorney suggested that the Supreme Court ruling doesn’t prevent the Administration from regulating tobacco items if they are drugs or devices. The Attorney also admitted that Judge Leon was wrong to consider that also electronic cigarettes might be regulated in conformity with the latest tobacco control regulations adopted in 2009.

By Clark Moore, Staff Writer
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