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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FDA Moves Forward on Implementation of Tobacco Law

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced an action regarding the implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The Agency has officially established the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC).
The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee is tasked with providing advice, information, and recommendations to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs on [...]

Distributors of electronic cigarettes against FDA in Court

Oregon has already issued a landmark ordinance to prohibit sales of electronic cigarettes across the state. This week two leading vendors of those battery-operated cigarette-look alike devices are contesting the American Food and Drug Administration for detaining almost 50 shipments of their products, mainly from China. The FDA states that the devices are unhealthy and [...]

Anti-smoking groups oppose big tobacco event planned in November

Anti-smoking groups hit out yesterday at news that the tobacco industry plans to stage a major conference in Bangkok, saying the move would have an adverse impact on efforts to limit smoking.
Action Smoking and Health Foundation and its allies said they opposed Tabinfo Asia 2009 being held in Thailand.
“We should not be silent over this [...]

Tobacco Plants Yield First Vaccine For Dreaded ‘Cruise Ship Virus’

Scientists have used a new vaccine production technology to develop a vaccine for norovirus, a dreaded cause of diarrhea and vomiting that may be the second most common viral infection in the United States after the flu. Sometimes called the “cruise ship virus,” this microbe can spread like wildfire through passenger liners, schools, offices and [...]

Nicotine in cars adds support for ban against smoking and driving

TORONTO — Nicotine levels are “strikingly higher” in smokers’ cars than in non-smokers’ vehicles, and even exceed those found in public or private indoor spaces where tobacco use is allowed, a study has found.
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tested air nicotine concentrations in smokers’ vehicles and found they were twice [...]

Development Agreement with Major U.S. Tobacco Company

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., - Ecology Coatings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ECOC), a leader in the discovery and development of nanotechnology-enabled, ultraviolet-curable advanced coatings, today announced that it has signed a collaboration agreement with a major tobacco company for the application of its technology for producing “fire standard compliant” (FSC) cigarettes. FSC cigarettes are designed to [...]

Teens and tobacco don’t mix in Illinois

Underage smokers will be facing stiffer penalties in Illinois thanks to a new state law.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed State Rep. Ronald Wait’s underage smoking billion on Aug. 11, making it illegal for minors under the age of 18 to possess any cigar, cigarette, smokeless tobacco or other tobacco product.
“This law makes sense,” Wait said. “For [...]

Malawi child labour and tobacco

Malawi has the highest incidence of child labour in southern Africa. 88.9% of the children in the age group 5-14 work in the agricultural sector, where tobacco estates are highly represented. The number of children working on tobacco farms in Malawi has been estimated at 78,000 although the actual number is thought to be much [...]

Malawi’s child tobacco pickers being poisoned by nicotine

Children in Malawi who are forced to work as tobacco pickers are exposed to nicotine poisoning equivalent to smoking 50 cigarettes a day, an investigation has found.
Child labourers as young as five are suffering severe health problems from a daily skin absorption of up to 54 milligrams of dissolved nicotine, according to the international children’s [...]

US hospitals will have smoke-free campuses by end of year

WASHINGTON DC, —While hospital buildings are often smoke-free, a new study finds that by February 2008, 45 percent of US hospitals had adopted “smoke-free campus” policies, meaning that all the property owned or leased by the hospital, both indoors and outdoors, was smoke-free and there were no designated smoking areas on those properties.
The study, “The [...]

The Taliban diversify into tobacco

LAHORE // The smuggling of tobacco is helping to fuel the Taliban insurgency in Pakistan, according to analysts and officials. While the poppy trade still contributes nearly half of the funds funnelled to the Taliban – both in Afghanistan and Pakistan – officials now believe the militants are increasingly turning to other sources, including tobacco [...]

New FDA Tobacco Unit Expects First Challenge

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Dr. Lawrence R. Deyton, 57, is the new head of the Center for Tobacco Products.
The former chief of public health and environmental hazards at the Veterans Health Administration will oversee the newly created center, to be run under the authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
President Barack Obama signed the landmark legislation [...]

Pfizer grows R&D work in China

SHANGHAI: In its bid to dominate the global marketplace, drug maker Pfizer Inc has to bet on more than just a mega-merger with Wyeth.
Indeed, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company is also busy expanding its presence in China to capitalize on the country’s growing role in the world’s pharmaceutical market.
According to figures from IMS Health, an [...]

Separating Tobacco from the Military is difficult

Banning tobacco use in the military is growing loud this summer. Medical experts said that smoking by solders is a habit that saps service member health and drains billions in public dollars annually.
In June, the nonprofit Institute of Medicine recommended a phased-in ban across the Department of Defense after the institute completed a study requested [...]

Tobacco products appeal to youths

Tobacco control programs have dealt powerful blows to the U.S. tobacco industry in recent months and years, due in part to smoke-free workplace laws in 27 states (including Wisconsin, which goes into effect July 5, 2010), creating a 62-cent federal tobacco tax (which went into effect in March) and establishing FDA regulation of tobacco industry [...]

Electronic cigarettes and vaping

Electronic cigarettes are battery powered drug delivery machines that allow a consumer to breathe in a high dose nicotine aerosol. (See previous article “Electronic cigarettes, nicotine and antifreeze?” with research source citations in the comments section at Longevity Examiner.) No tobacco is used in the plastic machine cartridges, just pure nicotine in an artificially [...]

First director of new Center for Tobacco Products

Complying with provisions in the recently enacted Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, the FDA has announced the launch of its new Center for Tobacco Products.
The Center will oversee the implementation of tobacco legislation, and will assist the FDA in setting performance standards, reviewing premarket applications for tobacco products and establishing and [...]

Fewer are quitting cigarettes despite millions spent on anti-smoking services

The number of people giving up cigarettes declined last year, despite millions of pounds being invested in NHS stop smoking services.
More than 337,000 people successfully gave up smoking through the NHS in England last year, a drop of 4 per cent on the previous year, when record numbers quit as a ban on smoking in [...]

Tobacco crop hit by cooler, rainy season

The first year of the new licensed-grower system in the Ontario tobacco industry appears to be proceeding well.
Meanwhile, the 2009 growing season is faring about the same for tobacco as most other crops in this cooler and rainier-than-usual growing season.
That is the twin assessment of Fred Neukamm, the chairman of the new board that was [...]

Tobacco shop will dispute claim that it’s manufacturing

BROOKLINE – Tobacco Haven isn’t a cigarette manufacturer despite claims by the state, says the attorney for the small tobacco shop in Brookline facing an unusual legal action against its use of roll-your-own cigarette machines.
Acting Attorney General Orville “Bud” Fitch filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the tobacco shop in Merrimack County Superior Court, alleging that [...]

New FDA facility will oversee tobacco regulation

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday launched the Center for Tobacco Products, which aims to reduce tobacco-related illness and death in the United States.
The center’s creation was mandated by the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which provides FDA with authority to regulate tobacco products. It will oversee the law’s implementation, which [...]

Appeals court to weigh smoking ban enforcement

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state’s draconian enforcement of a two-year-old smoking ban is requiring bars to exercise near total control over the actionsof customers or risk fines during an already punishing economic climate, a conservative policy organization argues in a lawsuit.
The outcome of the lawsuit, now before a state appeals court, could have ramifications for [...]

Smokers, tobacco both winners in early Engle cases

MIAMI - Fifteen years after a Miami Beach pediatrician suffering lung disease took on the tobacco giants, thousands of smokers’ lawsuits are working their way through Florida courts and early results encourage both sides.
There have been nine verdicts in a massive block of litigation known in the industry as “Engle progeny,” the offspring of a [...]

Debates: Of cigarettes, Presidents, and assault rifles

In North Carolina, the concealed carry (CC) laws concerning firearms aren’t much fun. You can openly brandish your granddad’s shotgun, or your kid’s .38, on private property if the owner’s given you permission. You can run around in a field or in other rural areas as long as “open carry” is permitted there. But can [...]

Tobacco Road Cellars To Introduce Four New Wines During Red Carpet Event

RALEIGH, N.C. – Tobacco Road Cellars, a boutique Napa Valley winery owned by Jason Earnest and Dusty Field of Raleigh, North Carolina, will introduce four new Cabernets during a stylish red-carpet celebration and silent auction to be held Thursday, October 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the RBC Plaza pool deck high above downtown [...]

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 no [...]

VA Official Will Head FDA’s Tobacco Division

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration tapped a Veterans Affairs official with a long history of public-health experience to head the agency’s new tobacco division.
Lawrence Deyton was the chief public-health officer at the VA and initiated smoking-cessation programs that lowered smoking rates among veterans. He has served in the National Institutes of Health, started [...]

Tobacco Road Leads to Wine Country

Seth Meranda graduated from Ohio State University in 1994 and planned to spend the rest of his life as the fifth generation running the family tobacco farm in Brown County, Ohio.
But amid falling demand and cheap competition from abroad, Mr. Meranda began to lose his taste for the golden leaf. When the federal government ended [...]

Using Tobacco Against Norovirus

Researchers Use Tobacco to Make Possible Norovirus Vaccine
Researchers announced Tuesday that they have used tobacco plants to create a potential vaccine for norovirus, a stomach virus known to strike cruise ship passengers and other people living in close quarters, causing nausea and diarrhea, Reuters reports. A team from Arizona State University induced a genetically [...]

Veterans’ Doctor to Lead F.D.A. Tobacco Division

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday named a physician with extensive experience in the health issues of soldiers to lead its effort to regulate tobacco products.
Dr. Lawrence R. Deyton, chief public health and environmental hazards officer at the Veterans Health Administration, was named as the first director of the newly created Center for Tobacco [...]