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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Library’s ‘No Smoking’ Signs Return

LAKELAND | Patrons at the Lakeland Public Library are again reading the unabridged version of “No Smoking.”
The dark-brown signs with white lettering, posted on each side of the library’s entrance, had been defaced recently to read “Smokin.”
The library paid a sign company to replace the vandalized signs.
It was the latest episode in the library staff’s [...]

Official sees way around smoking ordinance

Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center has reported millions in lost revenue as a result of Kanawha County’s smoking ban, but one Nitro official says he thinks there might be a way around the ordinance.
Nitro councilman Craig Matthews said because the city lies in both Kanawha and Putnam counties, he believes Nitro can put itself under [...]

SD smoking ban legal fight focuses technicality

PIERRE, S.D. — The legal battle over South Dakota’s strengthened smoking ban focuses on a judge’s decision about whether technical errors were substantial enough to toss out more than 25,000 petition signatures calling for a statewide public vote on the issue.
Bars and gambling businesses that oppose the ban collected signatures to force a public vote [...]

PayPal Warned About E-Cigarette Legal Liability

PayPal has been warned about the legal consequences of continuing to facilitate the sale of e-cigarettes — a product the FDA has ruled is “misbrand[ed],” an “unapproved new drug” and “are illegal until they are cleared,” and whose sale has been prohibited by court order in at least one state. The legal warning comes as [...]

Tobacco display ban would boost blackmarket

A BAN on tobacco displays in shops would benefit black market traders at the expense of legitimate businesses, it is claimed.
More than 80 per cent of corner shopkeepers in the north west believe that trade in dodgy tobacco would increase if such a step was taken.
The results of The Economic Research Survey come as the [...]

Efforts to extinguish smoking hampered

How can people count on administrations that are connected to the tobacco industry to take forceful action that will harm its own business? They have a conflict of interest.
The fact that government ministries benefit from the tobacco industry while also controlling China’s efforts to stamp out smoking is seriously hampering anti-smoking initiatives, lobbyists say.
Currently, the [...]

Substantial reduction in tobacco sales to minors

Retail sales of tobacco products to people under 18 are at the lowest level they have been in years, says a report being released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The national rate of tobacco sales to minors for fiscal 2008 was 9.9%, compared with 16.3% in 2002 and 40.1% in 1997. [...]

Taxes, Cigarettes And George Lucas

The great economist Arthur Laffer long ago observed that high rates of taxation don’t always correlate with high levels of government revenue. If the tax-or price-put on certain activities is too high, individuals will often change their behavior to avoid paying it.
Legislators have for the longest time resisted Laffer’s reasoning, and, as evidenced by the [...]

Experts criticize tobacco control system

The efficacy of China’s tobacco control system is under fire from experts who consider the industry does not take adequate supervision measures, an official of the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday.
Chen Siyi, an anti-tobacco advocate from Thinktank Research Center for Health Development, said the situation had arisen because of the [...]

Sacred Breath fights commercial tobacco use

Stephanie Big Crow knows the difference between the traditional use of tobacco and its social use, and she believes that all Native Americans should.
Saturday’s Sacred Breath Pow Wow at the Journey Museum honored those working to make South Dakota a smoke-free state.
About 300 partcipants gathered to enjoy a noon meal and a the powwow. And [...]

Tobacco balks on Maine’s $5.8M

AUGUSTA - The state will receive about $6 million less than it anticipated from Big Tobacco companies this year.
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Lorillard Tobacco Corp. together have decided to withhold more than $750 million from their annual payments to 46 states that agreed not to sue the industry as part of a national settlement [...]

FDA regulation could benefit Big Tobacco

U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation could be a boon for Big Tobacco, according to economists, analysts and some public-health advocates.
The first federal effort to regulate a habit that has roughly one-eighth of all Americans puffing on cigarettes made in Richmond, and that generates tens of billions of dollars a year across the South, came [...]

Experts criticize tobacco control system

BEIJING, - The efficacy of China’s tobacco control system is under fire from experts who consider the industry does not take adequate supervision measures, an official of the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday.
Chen Siyi, an anti-tobacco advocate from Thinktank Research Center for Health Development, said the situation had arisen because [...]

Growing tobacco without puffing benefits

Malawi’s economic dependence on tobacco dates to 1800s according to a Guide to Blantyre published by Malawi ’s Department of Tourism in the 1980s.
No wonder that since attaining independence from Britain in 1964, Malawi’s economy still depends on the leaf.
However, while Malawian estate owners and international multinational tobacco firms have been reaping from tobacco, ordinary [...]

Smoker who lost job loses in court

Scott Rodrigues had been working as a lawn-care employee for The Scotts Co. for only about two weeks when he was fired in 2006 after a drug test found nicotine in his urine, a violation of a company policy forbidding employees to smoke on or off the job. He promptly filed a lawsuit that argued, [...]

Plowed under tobacco crop

HADLEY - Up and down the Connecticut River valley, fields where tall, leafy tobacco plants would be growing in past summers are now barren of life.
Many farms that cultivate broadleaf or shade tobacco have lost nearly their entire crop to viral diseases brought on by the unrelenting rain and cold since May.
“I plowed all mine [...]

Cigarette packaging design can mislead smokers

New research suggests that current regulations have failed to remove misleading information from cigarette packaging, revealing that a substantial majority of consumers believe cigarettes are less hazardous when the packs display words such as “silver” or “smooth,” lower numbers incorporated into the brand name, lighter colors or pictures of filters.
In a study of 603 adults [...]

Big Insurance - Big Tobacco

The health care consulting firm the Lewin Group says that 114 million people may lose their employer-sponsored health insurance if Congress includes a “public option” in its health reform plan. Several Republican Congress members recently cited the figure in opposing a public health insurance option.

It’s an alarming statistic, but it’s not true.
The figure was based [...]

Iraqi Cabinet approves anti-smoking law

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Cabinet has approved a draft bill to stamp out smoking in public places, the first such bill in a country where lighting up is virtually a rite of passage for most young men, a government spokesman said Thursday.
The law aims to curb the number of people who start smoking and raise [...]

Who’s trying to kill the tobacco bill?

Indonesia, where cigarette prices are the cheapest in the world, has signed a convention on tobacco control along with 175 other countries as a sign of commitment to limiting the impact of tobacco and cigarettes on the population, particularly on minors. However, a bill on tobacco control, which if passed will automatically ratify the convention, [...]

Nicotine-Loving Iraqis Deride Smoking-Ban Plan

BAGHDAD, - This is a country of frazzled nerves and nicotine, where deals are struck and conspiracy theories hatched in the smokiest of rooms.
So why in the world, Iraqis demanded Thursday, would the government introduce a plan to ban smoking in public places?
Smoking is widespread in the region, and few countries have taken steps toward [...]

Smoking critics irked as D.C. diverts tobacco funds

Anti-smoking activists want the D.C. Council to devote new funding for cessation programs after the body voted to hike the cigarette tax and raid the tobacco settlement fund but dedicate the associated revenue to the budget shortfall.
At-large Councilman David Catania, chairman of the health committee, served up the tobacco fund during last week’s closed-door deficit [...]

Arkansas Wins Antitrust Ruling Over Tobacco Fees

The 8th Circuit affirmed dismissal of a Canadian cigarette maker’s lawsuit accusing Arkansas of violating antitrust laws by levying fees on manufacturers based on how many cigarettes are sold there each year.
Grand River Enterprises Six Nations, along with a pair of wholesale distributors, sued Arkansas after it passed a law [...]

Women of Low Socio-Economic Status Face Unique Challenges Related to Smoking

WASHINGTON, - Smoking bans, while a necessary and positive trend for reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, have some unintended consequences-especially for women. The August 2009 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine includes a special supplement, Unintended Consequences of Tobacco Policies, a compilation of nine original, peer-reviewed articles focused on examining these unique challenges [...]

Chinese kids picking up smoking

More adolescents are puffing in Beijing, with the number of teens attending high schools and taking up cigarettes increased by more than 50 percent in comparison with previous years, according to a research by Peking University scientists.
The research, led by Peking University Health Science Center researchers for the third time since 2005, surveyed approximately [...]

FDA imposes regulations on electronic cigarettes

Since Ohio’s statewide smoking ban went into effect in December 2006, making it illegal to smoke tobacco products in bars, restaurants and most other enclosed workspaces, smokers have been forced to keep their habit in check — or at least make it more discreet.
More than two years later, some smokers still argue that the smoking [...]

Obama’s Healthcare Prescription

President Barack Obama has a prescription to fix what ails America’s current healthcare system. He presented his essential ideas during ABC’s Prescription for America TV special on June 24.
When he was asked why government would need to get involved in healthcare reform when places in the private sector like the Mayo Clinic are already providing [...]

Kids, smoking, movies, & sports

Art Linkletter knew: kids say the darndest things. They also do the darndest things, and, all-too-often, imitate the darndest things. And that’s not always a good thing, especially when it comes to smoking.
Common Sense Media found that, 57% of parents are worried about their children overusing media, and 68% of them acknowledge that “media [...]

Cook County to ban smoking on all hospital grounds

Cook County government’s medical system will ban smoking entirely at all its hospitals and clinics in November, stubbing out outdoor smoking on its properties, officials said Wednesday.
Smoking has long been banned inside hospitals and clinics, but it now will be forbidden on all land owned by the Cook County Health and Hospitals System.
County Board President [...]

Cigarette boxes to display pictures of smoking’s ill effects

Coming soon to the lives of American smokers: cigarette labels that go far beyond a simple warning.
Imagine gruesome color photographs showing a mouth riddled with cancer, lungs blackened, a foot rotten with gangrene. If the images sound sickening, well, that’s the point.
Under a law signed by President Obama on June 22 — the Family Smoking [...]