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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Big Tobacco aims to get smokers angry about taxes, bans

BIG Tobacco is trying to turn smokers into a political force with an under-the-radar campaign encouraging protests against high cigs smokerstaxes and bans on smoking in public.

The I Deserve to Be Heard campaign involves slipping small cards into cigarette packets directing smokers to a website headlined: “It’s time to tell the government you’ve had enough”.

The federal government says it will fight the industry’s campaign “tooth and nail”, with a spokeswoman for the Health Minister describing it as “an example of how low Big Tobacco is prepared to go to peddle their killer products.”

Anti-smoking lobby groups are shocked at the new tactic. “Cheeky buggers,” was the reaction of one advocate when told about the campaign.
Smokers have been hit with two significant increases in taxes over the past 12 months and the list of places where chuffing in public is allowed is shrinking every year as state government extend smoking bans.

Lighting up is banned across Australia in pubs, clubs, restaurants and workplaces, and many councils have banned, or plan to ban smoking on beaches, pedestrian strips and parks.

Retailers are also angry at new laws which force them to hide cigarettes behind bland plastic casing, another in a series of restrictions on display advertising for tobacco products.

The I Deserve to Be Heard campaign was launched by Philip Morris Limited, which makes Marlboro and other popular brands. It encourages smokers to write to their MP and enlist the support of other frustrated smokers.

The campaign has three grievances - outdoor smoking bans, taxes, and plain packaging and display of cigarettes.

“Australia is already one of the most over-governed ‘nanny state’ countries in the western world,” the website reads.

“As a smoker, you have every right to feel annoyed and hard done by.”

In a statement, Philip Morris Limited told the campaign was about “providing people who buy our products with the opportunity to make their voices heard on regulatory issues that impact them.

“We are acting on concerns raised with us by people who buy our products, and they, like others, deserve to be heard. They want a voice when it comes to regulations that are excessive and do not make sense - this website provides them with just that - an opportunity to be heard.”

A spokeswoman for Health Minister Nicola Roxon said the government was prepared to fight the tobacco industry “tooth and nail” and they would win as they had done before.

“Big Tobacco don’t want the community to know that 75 per cent of smokers try to quit or cut down each year - people know it’s a killer habit and the smoking rate is declining,” the spokeswoman said.

Professor David Currow, chief executive of the Cancer Institute NSW says “sometimes you have to shake your head at big tobacco companies authorising things like this, particularly when you consider in NSW alone, smoking and tobacco use costs the community more than $8.4 billion a year.”

Anne Jones, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health said the card campaign came to their attention early on, and described the microsite as part of a “sophisticated pattern of interference in public health policies.”

“It seems to be much more of a passion of theirs lately to take their interference in health policies to the internet, and from there to create a groundswell of opposition from retailers and smokers,” she said.

By Helen Davidson

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