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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Electronic cigarette makers seek to keep devices out of the FDA’s control

Electronic cigarettes don’t contain tobacco or tar, but a South Florida company is fighting for its high-tech substitutes to be identified as tobacco products.
Why struggle to be grouped with a product vilified for killing millions of people each year? At least for Smoking Everywhere Inc., it’s a step up from having its product regulated [...]

Tobacco Lost because of Rain and Disease

Tobacco plants as many other plants have foes. One of them is tomato spotted wilt virus, which is transmitted by small insects called thrips. Over the past few years, it has infected 15 percent of the plants.
Researchers found that this year, as much as 30 percent of plants statewide have shown symptoms of the disease. [...]

Should we legalize marijuana

Well as we all well know there has been a lot of debate over whether we should legalize marijuana. Now there are a lot of supporters and people who oppose the legalization of marijuana.
Well supporters have won a victory of sorts in their fight to get it legalized. Voters in Oakland, California voted on and [...]


The recent expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) was funded by an increase in federal excise taxes on tobacco products. Congress increased the federal tax on cigarettes by 61 cents per pack and raised the tax on other tobacco products, with the goal of equalizing the tax per pound of tobacco. [...]

Tobacco auction returns to Wilson

Starting today, tobacco will once again be sold at auction at the former Liberty Warehouse in Wilson.
Prospective tobacco buyers will walk among the bales holding this year’s crop. But the auctioneer’s chant won’t be heard. Instead, the auction will be silent.
Here’s how it will work: Growers will first set a minimum price. Buyers will then [...]

Pictorial warnings on tobacco packages are effective

WATERLOO - Shocking pictures of diseased lungs, a brain damaged from a stroke and other disturbing images that appear on cigarette packs in Canada are effective in informing people about the harms of smoking and motivating smokers to quit, says a new University of Waterloo review article.
Canada was the first country to introduce pictorial warnings [...]

Electronic Cigarettes are much safer than tobacco cigarettes - FDA report

Last week the FDA announced that their laboratory tests detected carcinogens (tobacco-specific nitrosamines) in electronic cigarettes and warned electronic cigarette smokers to stop using electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes. This scare tactic certainly made front page news, but it was not the entire story.
Nitrosamines are compounds that are in tobacco cigarettes, but are also [...]

London, Campbellsville approve smoking bans

Advocates of indoor-smoking bans are beginning to make inroads in south-central Kentucky, where efforts to pass such ordinances had gone begging until this year.
The city council in London voted 4-2 Monday night for a comprehensive rule barring smoking in all workplaces, including restaurants.
The vote makes London the second city in the region to adopt an [...]

Possible FDA Ban on E-Cigarettes is Wrong Move

The FDA is now moving towards banning a smoking alternative that could save many lives. Every year, millions of smokers like my wife try and fail to quit, because they are nicotine addicts. Many later die of smoking-related illnesses, which are caused by the smoke, not the nicotine. The obvious solution is to give smokers [...]

Blounts Creek man keeps tobacco traditions alive

BLOUNTS CREEK — Laughter fills the early morning air as a group of folks huddle around a trailer loaded with fragrant, sticky tobacco leaves.
For most of them, the work is familiar and they go about it as if it’s second nature. They share anecdotes and stories about the “good old days,” realizing all the while [...]

How Tobacco Bill Provoked Controversy in Senate

Wife of former Chief Justice of Nigeria and member of the African Union Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, Mrs. Maryam Uwais and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello are engaged in a healthy, even if needless, argument on the propriety or otherwise of disallowing children [...]

UF campus to ban tobacco

In an effort to become healthier and cleaner, UF will ban tobacco on its main campus beginning in July, joining over 100 campuses across the U.S. that have already gone smoke free.
The campus-wide ban will include all types of tobacco.
Providing a preview of the new policy, UF’s Health Science Center and all Shands HealthCare buildings [...]

Africa resists lure of tobacco companies

International tobacco companies are cultivating millions of new smokers in Africa and other developing nations. Now the continent is a battleground between tobacco companies and the activists who want to stop them.
Kai Ryssdal: Hillary Clinton starts a trip to Africa today. Seven countries in 11 days. One of the seven is South Africa. The [...]

Smoking rooms light up pubs

NEW DELHI: The room is tastefully done up wooden mahogany floor, cherry red walls, Chinese flower arrangement yet barely the size of a
kitchenette. But for many smokers who visit Chungwa, the Chinese restaurant located in GK-I’s M Block market, the room is the first port of refuge. “The government smoking ban in public places has [...]

China, Thank You For Smoking

China is the world’s heaviest smoker. The China National Tobacco Company (CNTC), a constituent of the government-run China State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, is the largest tobacco company in the world, and Chinese constitute one-third of all the world’s smokers. Also, the country’s tobacco industry accounts for about 8% of total government revenues, according to the [...]

Estimating the effects of smoking in Australia

Australia was an early innovator of applying indirect techniques6 to estimate the effects of tobacco, based on international estimates applied to local data. Using this approach, about 15% of deaths between 1998 and 2000 were attributed to smoking (about 19 000 of the 130 000 deaths per annum). These estimates have now been revised to [...]

Opponents of smoking ban gain a delay

South Dakota’s statewide ban on smoking is headed to a courtroom - probably within a month - as bar and gaming facility owners successfully won a stay Monday in Hughes County Circuit Court.
The delay means smokers can continue to light up in bars, restaurants, Deadwood casinos and video gaming establishments. Ban opponents say the public [...]

Smoking bans, taxes burn cigar makers

MIAMI — On a typically hot afternoon in his South Florida office, Jorge Padron casually puffs on a cigar that bears his family’s name. The company has been growing steadily for decades, ever since his father, Jose Padron, founded it in Little Havana in 1964.
Padron and other cigar companies say their legacy of good jobs [...]

Smoking spirit of ‘Steady Eddie’ George

LONDON - One of the most famous comments in central banking came from William McChesney Martin, Federal Reserve chairman in the 1950s and 1960s, who remarked with black humor that the Fed’s job is “to take away the punch bowl just as the party gets going.”
Mervyn King, the cerebral governor of today’s Bank of England, [...]

Analysis Finds Toxic Substances in Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes contain traces of toxic substances and carcinogens, according to a preliminary analysis of the products by the Food and Drug Administration.
The findings, which were announced on Wednesday, contradict claims by electronic cigarette manufacturers that their products are safe alternatives to tobacco and contain little more than water vapor, nicotine and propylene glycol, [...]

Tobacco festival in Conway teaches farm life

For some, the Tobacco Heritage Festival on the L.W. Paul Living History Farm near Conway Saturday was a reminder of the lives they once lived. For others, it was a first look into what farm life was like around the 1950s.
“The first time I saw tobacco growing, I thought it was cabbage. I didn’t know [...]

Japan’s tobacco habit runs into court challenge

YOKOHAMA, Japan — One plaintiff is a cancer patient. Another is represented by his widow. The third, has emphysema and rolls into the courtroom on a wheelchair with tubes trailing out of his nose. The three Japanese are waging a minnow-vs.-whale battle against Big Tobacco in one of the world’s most smoker-friendly countries. But precedent [...]

Limbaugh, others short on smoking ban facts

When I heard that an Eau Claire homeowners association had voted to outlaw smoking in the owner-occupied residential complex, I knew right away the topic had the potential to ignite local controversy.
But little did I realize the action by the Fairfax Parkside Homeowners Association would fan the flames of the intense debate between smoking advocates [...]

Nicotine Patch Recommended for Use before Quitting Smoking

To quit smoking is very hard, and even non-smokers know that. However, anti-smoking researchers showed in a recent study that smokers wishing to kick the bad habit can double their success rates by using nicotine patch before quitting smoking.
The researchers explained that the nicotine patch is only recommended for use after the quit date.
The current [...]

Tobacco Fees To Increase

The increasing cost of cigarettes in the state isn’t only affecting smokers, but it’s also hurting those who sell the product.
Come the start of the new year, convenience store owners will be paying a higher fee to register to sell tobacco products due to state lawmakers passing a new law in the 2009-10 budget. The [...]

FDA Wins Control Over Tobacco

With President Obama’s June 22 signing of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 ( getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_ bills&docid=f:h1256enr.txt.pdf), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was given what it and other organizations described as “historic” authority to regulate the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products to protect public health and to reduce tobacco [...]

Oregon AG moves to block ‘E-cigarette’ sales

The Oregon Department of Justice filed two settlements Thursday that prevent two national travel store chains from selling “electronic cigarettes” in Oregon.
The action is the first of its kind in the country and prevents Oregonians from buying potentially dangerous products that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve.
“When products threaten the health [...]

Production ends at Philip Morris USA’s N.C. plant

As of this morning, Philip Morris USA’s Richmond manufacturing plant is the only site where the company makes cigarettes.
The Henrico County-based tobacco company said yesterday that the last cigarettes — specifically, Marlboros — would come off the production line at its Cabarrus County, N.C., manufacturing plant at about 9 last night.
About 1,000 employees were working [...]

Japan Tobacco Operating Profit Slumps on Domestic Sales

Japan Tobacco Inc., the world’s third-largest publicly traded cigarette maker, said first- quarter operating profit plunged 24 percent as domestic sales dropped and the yen gained.
Operating profit fell to 84.3 billion yen ($887 million) for the three months ended June from 110.5 billion yen a year earlier, the Tokyo-based company said in a statement [...]

Obama’s tobacco regulation is a bad idea

It is hard to comprehend the righteous enthusiasm some Americans have for using the government to punish or effectively ban things that they find “offensive” or “immoral.” So it didn’t surprise me to see near universal applause when President Obama’s signed last month’s bill giving the FDA the power to regulate tobacco.
The Family Smoking Prevention [...]