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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Pro-tobacco campaigner denies Coalition alliance

SHERYLE Moon, the chief executive heading a tobacco-financed campaign to ditch Labor’s plan to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes, had a warm relationship with the previous government but rejects suggestions she is allied with the Coalition on her new mission.

Ms Moon was appointed to six positions by the Howard government, but yesterday declared ”categorically” that she had not discussed with the Coalition the $5 million advertising campaign starting today.

Ms Moon, who heads the newly formed Alliance of Australian Retailers, which is mounting the advertising attack on Labor, was appointed to honorary and paid positions by the previous Howard government including to the prime minister’s science advisory council and as a general manager of a defence recruiting group. She said she had never been a Liberal Party member.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott also denied suggestions that the Coalition was allied with the retailers’ alliance. The Coalition has received $2.5 million in contributions from the tobacco industry in the past 10 years, according to Labor.

”The Liberal Party has absolutely nothing to do with any, sort of, pro-smoking campaign … if we are returned on August 21 we will certainly consider going ahead with the government’s plain packages for cigarettes,” Mr Abbott said.

The two big tobacco companies, British American Tobacco Australia and Philip Morris Australia, yesterday confirmed they were financing the campaign.

Anti-tobacco campaigner Professor Simon Chapman said Mr Abbott’s statement that he would ”consider” plain packaging was ”worrying … The public needs to know whether the Coalition will or will not support it”.

Ms Moon acknowledged that the campaign was being financed by tobacco companies, and did not deny that the cost could exceed $5 million.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon said the move was ”an unprecedented intervention by big tobacco into an election campaign” against a world-first initiative.

Ms Moon said the plain packaging would complicate the jobs of retailers. Opposition sources dismissed Labor’s attack as a sign that it was under pressure. They said Labor had ”pulled out the anti-tobacco diversion” earlier this year and in 2004.

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