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.

tocacco Cigarettes are smoking products consumed by people and made out of cut tobacco leaves. Cigars are typically composed completely of whole-leaf tobacco. A cigarette has smaller size, composed of processed leaf, and white paper wrapping. The term cigarette refers to a tobacco cigarette too but it can apply to similar devices containing other herbs, such as cannabis.
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Test drives for the new Williamsburg Camels

R.J. Reynolds just started selling the “Williamsburg” version of its Camel cigarettes — and I don’t know whether to be offended as a smoker, a new Camel williamsburgWilliamsburger or a human being.

As a smoker, I’m pissed that the “Williamsburg” cigarettes are exactly the same as normal Camels. And I know — I’ve long been loyal, though now begrudgingly, to the Camel brand.

As a Brooklynite, I’m repulsed that some marketing guy in Raleigh thinks that Williamsburg is “about last call, a sloppy kiss goodbye and a solo saunter to a rock show in an abandoned building. It’s where a tree grows.”

That’s just cringe-worthy, as if Camel marketers went to the Wikipedia, looked up “hipster,” and then hired my grandfather to design a cigarette box.

Worse, as a resident of Planet Earth, I’m just disgusted by my fellow citizens, who have been throwing away good money on Big Tobacco’s latest come-on: Bodega owners across Williamsburg and Greenpoint say that they’re selling out of the gimmicky smokes as soon as they’re stocked.

People who once would rather fight than switch are grabbing the pack with their neighborhood’s name.

“I smoke Marlboro, but whenever I see the Williamsburg [Camels] I buy it,” said Abdo Hussein, a worker at God Bless Deli in Greenpoint. “I live in the neighborhood, so it’s cool to have. We’re selling out of them quick.”

One reason, of course, is that R.J. Reynolds is selling its Williamsburg, Seattle and Austin packs at a dollar off the normal price.

This creates a dilemma right out of the old Jewish joke about free ham. As a hipster, I’m aware of how Camel is trying to make a buck off my club-going, cooler-than-cool, lightly gentrifying ways. But as a hipster, I’m also perpetually broke, so I’d smoke shoe polish if it would save me a dollar per pack.

But here’s the kicker — reps said that they don’t even distribute the Williamsburg pack heavily in Williamsburg. Bodega workers on Bedford and Manhattan avenues said that they’re running out of the neighborhood pack the same day that they’re dropped off.

Heck, one woman even walks into the N 7 Market on Bedford Avenue and N. Seventh Street every single day to see if any Williamsburg packs arrived, a cashier said. When the packs are around, she buys every single one.

What better way to get people to buy an annoying product than to make them think it’s a limited-time offer that’s flying off the shelves?

But all it means is that R.J. Reynolds is having the last laugh — all the way to the bank.

“The pack is kinda stupid, but they [R.J. Reynolds] definitely know how to sell smokes,” said neighborhood resident Tyler Pearson, who coughed up $10.79 for a pack.

He had a point, I had to go out and buy a Williamsburg box myself. For research purposes, of course.

By Andy Campbell
The Brooklyn Paper

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