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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Tobacco Talk: FDA web dialogue on tobacco

WASHINGTON - Retailers were given the opportunity to “share ideas, offer recommendations [and] ask questions” about how the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) can better communicate with them, during a web dialogue on Wednesday. By midday, there were 357 retailers, tobacco-control executives and others participating in the dialogue, but the [...]

Six Nations tobacco company takes on United States

A Six Nations tobacco company is taking on the United States in a legal action that challenges big tobacco and the North American Free Trade Agreement. Grand River Enterprises — Six Nations’ largest manufacturer, making millions of cigarettes a day — has sunk almost $4 million into fighting the case, which is being decided by [...]

Tobacco Companies are Using Social Networking Sites to Promote their Products

The largest tobacco companies are turning to Social Networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace to promote their products in violation of international treaties that ban tobacco advertisements, according to a research carried out by University of Sydney public health research team which appeared in the recent issue of the British Medical Journal. ”This [...]

Australian Cigarette Display Has US Smokers Burning

An anti-smoking art display in Sydney, Australia, financed by a pharmaceutical company has some American smokers burning mad. To raise awareness about the perils of smoking, the Australian branch of Pfizer recently funded an installation at Sydney’s Martin Place featuring 219,000 imitation cigarettes under Plexiglas — the amount that the average pack-a-day smoker puffs over [...]

Smokeless Tobacco Launches a Attack on U.S. market

General Snus, a smoke-free moist tobacco product originated in Scandinavian countries in the 19th century, is currently holding a massive promotional campaign across the United States. Swedish Match, the manufacturer of General Snus brand has introduced a multi-million-dollar marketing drive intended for bringing the steam-cured tobacco pouches to wealthy tobacco-lovers in major markets across the [...]

Korean cigarette maker ready to compete with foreign tobacco manufacturers

YEONGJU, North Gyeongsang - Stepping inside the KT&G tobacco manufacturing plant in Yeongju, which is two hours away from Seoul, a countless number of cigarettes is being quickly filtered, sorted and packed by a group of automated state-of-the-art machines, leaving the smell of freshly packed cigarettes hanging in the air. Although the recent economic downturn [...]

Big Tobacco penance, up in smoke

Take your pick of these two clashing headlines that recently appeared on the op-ed pages of the Cape Cod Times: “Burned by a tobacco bill: Governments cannot loot tobacco companies that do not flourish” or “FDA regulation of tobacco will save lives.” The first was the headline over George Will’s syndicated column — which is [...]

Tobacco companies testing alternatives

Tobacco companies have begun “clinical trials” to assess whether a range of prototype “safer cigarettes” really do slash levels of toxic chemicals entering the body. The job of regulating any health claims firms might want to make for these cigarettes, or restricting whether they bring such products onto the market at all, has been handed [...]

Cigarette companies skirt advertising ban

Now prohibited from advertising their products in the so-called “paid media”—television, radio, and newspapers—tobacco companies have found ways to defeat the ban through subtle but potentially more effective promotional activities. Their activities range from donating to community projects to influencing the content of movies or shows to being the subject of positive news reports. Advertising [...]

Amcor May Face Rio Unit Antitrust Hurdles

Amcor Ltd., Australia’s biggest packaging company, may face objections from antitrust regulators in any bid for parts of Rio Tinto Group’s Alcan packaging unit, said JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Merrill Lynch & Co. “We expect Amcor would face significant competition hurdles as the combined entity would be a clear number one in most markets,” [...]

Companies dispute tobacco investments

Life and health insurance companies continue to invest in tobacco companies, according to a letter published in the June 4 New England Journal of Medicine detailing major insurers’ holdings. The letter is posted in its entirety on the Physicians for a National Health Program’s Web site ( The letter is signed by three physicians at [...]

RJ Reynolds Wins Patent Case Against Star Scientific

A federal jury ruled Tuesday for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in a high-stakes dispute with Star Scientific Inc. (STSI) over Star’s patent claims for a new method of curing tobacco in a way that reduces certain cancer-causing toxins. Star, an aspiring tobacco company based in Petersburg, Va., was seeking several hundred million dollars in patent-infringement [...]

Government acts adopted by tobacco companies

The war against smoking has been further intensified with a ban on tobacco companies and retailers from giving gifts when selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. The measure takes effect immediately with the amendment of the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations by the Health Ministry. There is also a proposal to expand non-smoking zones to [...]

Tobacco Giant Leads in Profits, Addicting Youth

With global tobacco deaths climbing above 5.4 million a year, Philip Morris International (PMI) is heralding a 12.7 percent net revenue growth in 2008. Not coincidentally the regions most impacted by the tobacco epidemic are the same “emerging markets” that the corporation credits with driving its growth. But at the end of PMI’s 2008 surge, [...]

India Tobacco: Robust Grower Becomes Growing Consumer

One of the world’s largest tobacco exporters is, thanks to a booming economy, fast becoming one of its fastest consumers of machine-made “white sticks.” India was the third leading world producer of leaf tobacco in the recent decade, following China and Brazil. Tobacco production in India averaged about 615,000 tons dry weight annually during 2006–08. [...]

Tobacco Company Marketing Dwarfs Tobacco Prevention Efforts

In New England, tobacco companies spend at least $579.8 million on marketing and promoting their products.11 Many of those efforts are meant to encourage youth to start smoking, either by making the products look attractive or by lowering the product price to make them accessible to price-sensitive youth. Tobacco companies’ own documents reveal how they [...]

Smokin’ Soldiers: A $3.7 million videogame aims to curb tobacco use in the military

Tobacco use among active-duty military personnel is almost double what it is in the civilian population, and while smoking has decreased overall in the U.S., it’s been on the rise in the military since 2002. To change that, the Department of Defense (DoD) is looking to…videogames? The government agency has awarded researchers at M. D. [...]

Tobacco giants to fight threat to branding

ONE of the world’s biggest cigarette companies, British American Tobacco, has foreshadowed a High Court challenge if the Rudd Government adopts ambitious anti-smoking measures proposed by its hand-picked health taskforce. British American Tobacco Australia, alongside Philip Morris, Imperial Tobacco and the US Chamber of Commerce, have launched a stinging attack on a National Preventative Health [...]

Imperial Tobacco Says Performance Meets Forecasts

Imperial Tobacco Group Plc, Europe’s second-largest traded cigarette maker, said business so far this fiscal year is meeting company forecasts due to gains in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. The company is “on track” to deliver 180 million euros ($242.6 million) in cost cuts and efficiencies by the end of the fiscal year in [...]

What Hurts Smokers And Helps Cigarette Companies?

Congress is about to begin deliberations of two competing approaches to tobacco regulation. The outcome of the debate will have an impact on business-and public health-for decades to come. The first approach, known as the Kennedy-Waxman bill, will give the beleaguered Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco. On its face, this is a [...]