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.

FDA unveiled new graphic images

The Food and Drug Administration unveiled new mandatory health warnings for cigarette packages on Tuesday; the warnings are the cigarettes grafic imageboldest seen thus far in the U.S., designed to scare the pants off kids who are even thinking about smoking and help adults make the decision to quit.

There are nine different warnings, each of which include a graphic picture—horrific images of blackened lungs, stained teeth, cadavers, and open wounds. Together, they make up the most significant change to cigarette labels in more than 25 years. By September 2012, all cigarette packs, cartons, and advertising must display the labels, which include a warning accompanied by a phone number: 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Advertisers, represented by the Association of National Advertisers, have charged that the new labels run afoul of the First Amendment, and are considering steps, including a lawsuit, to push back against the FDA’s action. Tobacco companies filed suit in federal court in 2009 over a range of new regulations, including the then-proposed warnings; they lost on a similar First Amendment claim. The case is now on appeal.

“The pictures are not neutral. It is unconstitutional when the labeling goes beyond factual and neutral, which these do,” said Dan Jaffe, general counsel for the Association of National Advertisers, which filed in opposition to the new warnings during the comment period in January. “This is forcing businesses to carry out propaganda for the government.”

The FDA argues that the labels will go a long way toward curbing tobacco use, which is responsible for 443,000 deaths each year, making it the leading cause of premature and preventable death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The FDA proposed the warnings in November 2010, as required under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act signed into law by President Obama in June 2009.

“These labels are frank, honest, and powerful depictions of the health risks of smoking, and they will help encourage smokers to quit, and prevent children from smoking,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.

By Katy Bachman

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