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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Women, Men and Smoking

Over the past few decades, the smoking behaviour of men and women has become more and more similar. Until the 1960’s smoking was the province of men, with a smaller number of women choosing to smoke. But two opposing forces have changed the gender balance of smoking aggressive promotion of cigarettes to women and large [...]

Good and Bad Habits in U.S.

A habit is an activity that is acquired, done frequently, done automatically, and difficult to stop. Most people think of behaviors when they think of habits, but thoughts can also become habits. Sometimes our habitual thinking can keep habitual behaviors going and make them hard to change. Habits can be good or bad. Good habits [...]

Swedish Match Targets Wall Street Smokers With Snus Tobacco

Swedish Match AB plans to broaden U.S. availability of snus smokeless tobacco and increase marketing to target Wall Street workers and other smokers forced to leave the office to light up. The company aims to double distribution of its General snus to about 1,200 U.S. stores, possibly by the end of the year, Richard Flaherty, [...]

Cairo smokers shocked by sex anti-tobacco warning

CAIRO, Egypt — A picture may be worth a thousand words, but many Egyptians are speechless over an image that recently hit the streets in this bustling capital city. Last month, Egypt’s Ministry of Health unveiled their latest weapon in the war on smoking: a graphic warning label of a drooping cigarette, symbolizing the potential [...]

South Africans smoking more cigars as cigarette usage declines

In a plush bar in Johannesburg, Sizwe Ncapayi leans against a gleaming wooden bar counter, strikes a match and – with a flick of his wrist – lights a thick cigar.  The businessman smacks his lips as he takes a puff.  Ncapayi swirls the smoke in his mouth, rolls his eyes, exhales rapidly and declares, [...]

Tobacco is Ingrained in our Culture

The history of tobacco use in our country is long and complex. Historically, tobacco played (and still plays) a sacred role among American Indian tribes, for whom the plant is a source of spiritual guidance. Within 60 years of arriving in North America, European settlers recognized the commercial viability of tobacco and were exporting it [...]

New Interactive Tobacco Policy Map Launched

Interactive Tool Will Provide Latest Data on State Smoking Laws and Tobacco Control Spending For the first time, a new interactive map from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will give policy-makers and advocates a nationwide picture of continuing state efforts on key tobacco control policies. “Users will be able to see whether a state [...]

New pictorial warning for tobacco products to come into effect from 1st June in India

As per the provisions of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Rules, 2008, subsequently amended in 2008 and 2009, the specified health warning rules notified by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on 31.5.2009 have to be rotated after every 12 months and the next rotation is due on 31.5.2010. As [...]

Tobacco industry’s tactics

Tobacco use is a social phenomenon largely propelled by mass media over the past century, led by tobacco industry professionals who constantly change strategies to reach their goals. They combine the resourcefulness of a profit-making industry with a changing media and regulatory landscape to sell a product that remains our greatest public health challenge. We [...]

The War on Soda: The economic case against it

WITH THE federal deficit reaching $1.4 trillion and most state budgets deep in the red, policymakers are desperate for new sources of revenue that the tapped-out public might support. They think that they’ve found one at the corner store: a tax on carbonated beverages. Charging more for a soft drink, legislators claim, will not only [...]

Did Camel Ads Encourage Teen to Smoke?

MONDAY, — Does your teenage or college-age daughter read fashion magazines such as Glamour or Vogue? Does she smoke? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, she may have been influenced by a series of advertisements for Camel cigarettes that appeared in those and other magazines in 2007, a new study suggests. [...]

Smart tactic: Tax tobacco

Discussions regarding revenue in the state of Louisiana are met with deep suspicion by legislators and statewide officials fearing retribution from voters. While the prospect of higher taxes intimidates any voter, legislators and governors are wary, rightfully so, about the impact of tax policies upon attempts to attract future businesses and residents. Nonetheless, I have [...]

PACT Passes Senate

WASHINGTON — Last Thursday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation to crack down on black market tobacco selling. The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act closes loopholes in current tobacco trafficking laws, enhances penalties for violations and provides law enforcement with new tools to combat the methods being used by traffickers to distribute their products. [...]

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 [...]

Food is the new tobacco

Americans love to eat. I love to eat, and chances are, so do you. We love food so much, in fact, that our collective waistline is expanding to near-catastrophic proportions. Regardless of your opinion of the mainstream press’ breathless reporting on the obesity “epidemic” plaguing this country, the simple fact of the matter is that [...]

Tobacco’s appearance in advertising, films and TV shows may seduce a new generation

WHAT first attracted me to the multi-millionaire, Franco-Swiss financier and philanthropist Arpad Busson? It wasn’t his acute financial acumen, the fantasy of a life with a raffish demi-aristocrat on the Cote d’Azur, nor even the size of his hedge fund, but something more rebellious – it was the lit fuse that dangled so insouciantly between [...]

Government and Big Tobacco make Native Americans the Low Man on the Totem Pole

Tucked away along a waterway in Mastic, Long Island is Poospatuck, the smallest Indian reservation in New York State. It means “Where the water meets” and is home to 400 enrolled members of the Unkechaug tribe of Native Americans. It’s difficult to discern where exactly the reservation begins and ends. There are no visible signs [...]

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 [...]

Maori vs big tobacco

Amid a barrage of Maori people calling for tough controls and the eventual banning of smoking, a tobacco company today asked for current sale display rules to remain the same. As several people told emotional stories of losing loved ones to smoking-related illnesses, British American Tobacco New Zealand (BAT) told a Maori Affairs select committee [...]

Tobacco warnings go explicit

Pictorial warnings on tobacco products are set to get scarier. After almost a year of mild warnings, the government has decided to shift to more powerful messages. Tobacco products will now carry pictures of mouth cancer, showing rotting teeth and lips. A notification was issued by the health ministry on March 5 and the new [...]

Tobacco tax hike would hit hard

Convenience stores and tobacco shops bristled Wednesday at attempts to balance the state’s budget on their backs. Proposals to increase taxes on cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol would hit convenience stores hard, said Thomas Palace, executive director of the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association of Kansas. As the Senate Taxation Committee considered hikes to the [...]

Ahead of World Expo, China acts to promote smoking controls

BEIJING, - Thirty-two-year-old Sun Ling is not a heavy smoker. But for 10 years, Sun, a civil servant in Shanghai and a father of a 5-year-old, has become used to indulging himself with one or two cigarettes after lunch at work. However, within one year he might have to find a new after-meal habit, and [...]

European Union Objects to Ireland’s Intention to Establish Minimum Prices for Tobacco

The Irish Fiscal officials claim they have agreed with tobacco companies to establish minimal prices for tobacco products primarily in order to crack down the sales of low-cost cigarettes across the country. The government considers that assigning the bottom limit for retail price of a pack of 20 cigs would prevent sellers from the capability [...]

FDA Initiative Aims to Speed Development of New Medicines

NIH and the FDA have announced a partnership to speed the development of new medicines and make them available to patients as quickly as possible. By increasing communication between the two and funding new research on the science behind product evaluations, officials from both agencies believe the initiative can shorten the time between discoveries in [...]

Education takes a small hit in final Utah’s budget

SALT LAKE CITY — Republican legislative leaders and GOP Gov. Gary Herbert settled their final budget issues Tuesday, and public education will take a small reduction next fiscal year. House Republicans originally didn’t want the largest segment of state spending — public schools — to take any cuts. And Herbert didn’t, either. But Republican senators [...]

Imperial Tobacco hit by concerns on earnings growth

Imperial Tobacco was a casualty yesterday as the FTSE 100 continued to flatline near its 18-month high. The maker of Davidoff and Gauloises lost 2.5 per cent to £20.91, its sharpest fall in six weeks, after UBS said earnings growth was set to slow significantly and consensus forecasts for next year looked too high. Imperial [...]

Debate continues over e-cigarettes

As the debate over the electronic cigarette continues , the device has found at least three true believers in Jackson County. Mildred “Mikay” Barrentine, 30, along with Pat Manning, 37, and 45-year-old Linda Lockwood, the latter two of Altha, are enthusiastic about the e-cigarette. All three are long-time heavy smokers who have given up traditional [...]

Kruger takes next step in taxing Native American cigarettes

State Senator Carl Kruger is still fired up about taxing tobacco. The latest in the ongoing debate about taxing cigarettes sold on Native American lands, the Senate Finance Committee Chair issued “demand letters” Tuesday requiring that state agencies fork over everything they have about untaxed cigarettes coming into the state. If the governor and state [...]

U.S. FDA advisory meetings through May 12

DATE: March 30-31, 0830/1230 LOCATION: National Transportation Safety Board Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington CONTACT: Cristi Stark, 240-276-3992 On March 30, the committee will cover receive presentations on the background and overview of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act and the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory [...]

Southeast Asian tobacco use study published

A Minnesota report on Southeast Asian cultural perceptions regarding tobacco use was released in February, producing data to better understand the prevalence of smoking in the Southeast Asian communities of Minnesota. Read the reports in their entirety at”Tobacco use in Minnesota: A Quantitative Survey of Cambodian, Hmong, Lao and Vietnamese Community Members” was completed [...]