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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What Top CEOs See for 2010

When it comes to economic and industry forecasts, we all have plenty of sources to consult, from the latest International Monetary Fund brief, to our neighbor’s blog, to the trailing-12-month width of Larry Kudlow’s pinstripes. Although not immune to error or exaggeration, I often prefer to heed CEOs’ expectations. After all, they’re the guys and [...]

Altria ’09 Cigarette, Smokeless Business Income Up

RICHMOND, Va. — Altria Group Inc., the parent company of tobacco companies Philip Morris USA (PM USA), U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. (UST) and John Middleton, reported improved performance in the fourth quarter 2009 over the comparable quarter thanks to higher operating companies income from cigarettes, cigars and financial services, as well as operating income contribution [...]

Plantation appreciation

The entry to Mount Harmon Plantation, in Earleville, Md., leads two miles down a narrow gravel lane flanked by enormous sycamore and osage orange trees. Driving through the tunnel of overhanging branches is to travel back in time to another era. The former tobacco plantation’s stately manor house, formal boxwood garden and 200 acres of [...]

Cigarettes boost MS risk, but not through nicotine

NEW YORK - Smoking cigarettes increases the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS), but the substance that makes cigarettes addictive, nicotine, doesn’t seem to be at fault, Swedish researchers say. While male smokers were 1.8 times as likely to have MS as non-smokers, and MS risk increased 1.4-fold for women who smoked, people who used Swedish [...]

Despite Threats On All Sides, Tobacco Growers Hold On

Although they’re being taxed, legislated and harassed out of business, Lancaster County tobacco growers seem to be holding their own. Much of the area’s crop has been sold in recent years to Lancaster Leaf and Philip Morris, both of which have cut back on the amount of tobacco they’ve contracted to buy for the 2009 [...]

Blowing Smoke

China struggles to impose a full tobacco ban. But marginal increases in the tobacco tax are not the only reason for ineffective tobacco control in China The tax increase on tobacco products that went into effect last month has had no impact on Zhou Chengli, a 63-year-old Beijing resident. On the evening of June 27, [...]

Big Tobacco’s Overproduction Fuels $2 Billion Black Market

The hang glider pilot insisted it was a routine flight, and that strong winds had blown him over the border from Hungary into Ukraine. But the man arrested by Ukrainian authorities last July, with his flight suit and night-vision gear, looked suspiciously like other hang-gliding smugglers along the border — smugglers who take off from [...]

Congress stands up to ‘Big Tobacco’

President Obama has signed into law a bill that should have been enacted years ago, giving the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products, the most lethal of all consumer products. It has been a long and arduous path with many political obstacles. Passage of the legislation is much more than a [...]

Tobacco Regulation Benefits Industry, Consumers, and the Public

Communities are often defined, at least in part, by the businesses that call them home. The history of our great commonwealth has been closely intertwined with tobacco since the first days of Jamestown. Tobacco has played and continues to play an important role in Virginia’s economy. Thou sands of our citizens are connected to the [...]

Heavy rains ruin Southeast Georgia blueberry, tobacco crops

Blueberry season is a washout for most Southeast Georgia growers. Colder-than-normal weather decimated high-bush blueberries early in the season. Heavy rains over the past several weeks have ruined much of the rabbit-eye berries now in the fields, which have been too muddy to harvest, University of Georgia Agriculture Extension Service agents said. “The question is [...]

Virginia ready to trade more with Cuba

Many Virginia businesses would welcome the U.S. dropping the embargo on trade with Cuba. “There would be some tremendous opportunities,“ said Paul Grossman, director of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s international trade division, singling out Cuba’s long-neglected infrastructure and its need for basic consumer products. “We could provide expertise and hardware for that market,“ said [...]

8% of Income, Syrian Smokers Spend on 3,6 kg of Cigarettes

In its statistics, the Syrian General Establishment of Tobacco General Establishment of Tobacco pointed out that smokers annually spend about S.P. 26 billion (USD 600 million) which means that each smoker spends 8 percent of his annual income to buy about 3,6 kg of cigarettes. The statistics stressed that the percentage of smokers raise to [...]

As New Lawyer, Senator Was Active in Tobacco’s Defense

The Philip Morris Company did not like to talk about what went on inside its lab in Cologne, Germany, where researchers secretly conducted experiments exploring the effects of cigarette smoking. So when the Justice Department tried to get its hands on that research in 1996 to prove that tobacco industry executives had lied about the [...]

Light and Intermittent Smokers Overlooked in Traditional Tobacco Research

To date, the majority of research conducted about tobacco use has been related to the impact of moderate to heavy smoking. The March 2009 issue of Nicotine and Tobacco Research is focused on examining light and intermittent smoking. Several of the nation’s preeminent public health experts and researchers worked together to uncover trends related to [...]

Ban won’t choke businesses

Bar and restaurant owners predict steep revenue declines if South Dakota prohibits smoking in those businesses, but most studies of previous bans suggest those fears are unfounded - particularly for those that serve food. Opponents of legislation that would expand the South Dakota smoking ban to bars and restaurant largely have set aside the health [...]