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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Is a society with smokers profitable?

The latest rise in the indirect taxation on tobacco and alcohol took place in June. The most popular brand of cigarettes went up in price from 3.10 euros to 3.30 euros per packet. Are these taxes a form of dissuasion or a way of compensating the rest of society for the harm generated by those [...]

OPAP agents strike, say smoking ban hitting sales

ATHENS, - Agents for Greek betting firm OPAP (OPAr.AT), Europe’s biggest, went on strike on Thursday over a tax on winnings and said a new smoking ban in public places in Greece had added to a fall in sales. “There was already a drop due to the global downturn but with the smoking ban the [...]

Tobacco lawsuit freezes $258 million in state budget

Columbus - The new state budget relies in part on $258 million to pay for human-services programs, but the money is frozen because of a Franklin County court case. The money is tied up in a lawsuit brought by anti-smoking advocates trying to stop Gov. Ted Strickland’s plan to drain $230 million from the Tobacco [...]

Premium Cigar Group Concerned for Right to Smoke in Military

Washington, — Although the Department of Defense is considering phasing in a ban on tobacco use in the military over as many as 20 years, The Pentagon reassured troops this week that it won’t ban tobacco products in war zones, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ press secretary Geoff Morrell. But the International Premium Cigar [...]

Data on the contribution of tobacco to state economies

Several interesting observations emerge from the data on the contribution of tobacco to state economies. In 2000 the share of GSP accounted for by tobacco farming and manufacturing was just over 4% in North Carolina, just over 2% in Kentucky and Virginia, and slightly less than 1% in Georgia. Over the period from 1979 through [...]

No Smoking For G.I. Joe

Perhaps the most absurd bit of news to come out of Washington this week - and that’s saying a lot - was the announcement by the Pentagon Office of Clinical and Program Policy that it is recommending a blanket ban on the usage of tobacco products by members of the U.S. military. The recommendation comes [...]

What’s A Parent to Think … About That First Puff of a Cigarette

Do you remember your first puff of a cigarette? If you are a parent, it is more than likely that you took one. For example, in one of our research studies, more than 80 percent of adults with a teenager reported having smoked at least a puff during their lifetime. How about your kids? Have [...]

Pentagon Won’t Ban Tobacco Use in Military

The Pentagon said today that it will not ban the use of tobacco in the military, the Associated Press reports. The announcement comes after a study commissioned by the Pentagon and the Department of Veteran Affairs recommended terminating the use and sale of tobacco products on military property. The study also recommended the military ensure [...]

Last shots taken at Schwarzenegger

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the four legislative leaders appeared poised Wednesday afternoon to agree on fixes to the $26.3 billion budget deficit, but labor leaders and Democratic lawmakers were taking some final shots at the governor for failing to include tax hikes in his proposed solutions. Some were still hopeful for a shift [...]

State lawmakers look at tobacco settlement spending

A panel of state lawmakers is taking a look at how the state spends its share of a federal tobacco settlement with the possibility of slight changes to the spending program early next year. Forty-six states, including Arkansas, in 1998 settled a lawsuit against the tobacco industry. Since then, Arkansas has received $446 million, including [...]

White Mold Disease Destroys Tobacco Crop in South Georgia

A crop-destroying disease is detected in South Georgia and it’s targeting tobacco plants. The disease is called white mold and it’s already destroyed about ten percent of the tobacco crop in this area. The stem is broken. The plant is dead. And now, acres upon acres of tobacco plants are diseased and dying in South [...]

Smoking bans around the world

Turkey rolls out the next phase of a smoking ban on July 19, extending the prohibition to cafes, bars and restaurants as it aims to curb the habit in a country where 22 million people, half the adult male population, smoke. Die-hard smokers in Cyprus will also be finally be hit when one of the [...]

Tobacco Use—Not Promiscuity or Drug Abuse

Under the terms of the health-care reform bill approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the legal use of tobacco products is the only vice for which insurance companies will be able to charge their customers higher premiums. The summary of the bill published by the committee specifically states that premiums may [...]

Vote to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies

Starting this October, Needham’s pharmacies will no longer be selling cigarettes and other tobacco paraphernalia to local residents. It is the third Massachusetts community to do so. Boston voted to ban sales last year, followed by Uxbridge, according to a local anti-tobacco activist. State legislation has also been filed. “We certainly are supportive of it,” [...]

Californians support and need an increase in the tobacco tax

California has not raised the state cigarette and tobacco tax in over a decade — which is why the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association support a $1.50 increase on cigarettes and tobacco. Recent polling indicates that over 70 percent of voters, across party lines, support a cigarette and tobacco [...]

Pentagon won’t ban war-zone smoking

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em. The Pentagon reassured troops Wednesday that it won’t ban tobacco products in war zones. Defense officials hadn’t actually planned to eliminate smoking — at least for now. But fear of a ban arose among some troops after the Defense Department received a study recommending the military move toward becoming [...]

Studies on the Economic Impact of Tobacco

The earliest studies on the impact of tobacco growing, manufacturing, and related activities on the U.S. and state economies were produced by the tobacco industry, and comparable studies have been produced in numerous other countries. Over the past 25 years, industry- commissioned studies in the United States have estimated the industry’s contributions to employment, income, [...]

Prevalence and Trends in Adult Cigarette Smoking

Cigarette smoking in the United States results in an estimated 443,000 premature deaths and $193 billion in direct health-care expenditures and productivity losses each year.1 During 2007, an estimated 19.8% of adults in the United States were current smokers.2 To update 2006 state-specific estimates of cigarette smoking, CDC analyzed data from the 2007 Behavioral Risk [...]

Campaigners fume over Japan’s smokers-only cafes

Japan has banned smoking from most public places, including many city streets, but one company has given refuge to the dwindling ranks of tobacco addicts — by opening smokers-only cafes. Thick cigarette smoke wafts through the ‘Cafe Tobacco’ shops in the heart of Tokyo, filled with office workers and shoppers looking to take a quick [...]

McKenna claims win in tobacco advertising case

Washington’s Division One Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a cartoon image included in the Nov. 2007 ad campaign by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in Rolling Stone magazine was in violation of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. In doing so, the court overturned a June 2008 verdict in favor of the company, which ruled [...]

Debate over hefty cigarette tax increase heats up

Health care advocates are imploring Republican lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to rethink their opposition to taxes, especially in light of recent poll findings that show Republican voters overwhelmingly in support of increasing tobacco taxes to help solve the state’s $26.3 billion deficit. Support for a tobacco tax increase of $1.50 per pack cuts across [...]

Proposed smoking ban angers some in military

A Pentagon-commissioned report urges the Defense Department to ban smoking in the military, even by combat troops in battle zones, a proposal that quickly ignited a controversy among service members. The study, which was completed late last month by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, recommends closing “the pipeline of new [...]

MPP smoking too much of its own stash

What are these people doing? Why are they throwing themselves at the feet of a grotesque, morbidly obese behemoth that gobbles up everything within its reach and begging it, “Please, take me!” These people are the Marijuana Policy Project, an organization that envisions “a nation where marijuana is legally regulated.” The fat slob is the [...]

Home Smoking Rules Tend to Vary by Race

Prohibiting tobacco use at home could reduce adolescent smoking rates, but the practice might be less common in black families than in white ones, a new study found. “African-American homes have fewer full bans, and more people are allowed to smoke in those homes,” said Jessica Muilenburg, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of [...]

Multi-Generational Tobacco Use

Amanda Crawford was just fifteen when she smoked her first cigarette. Now that she is 45, she still smokes despite having tried to quit multiple times. Children are fifty percent more likely to start smoking if they have a parent who smokes - and in Crawford’s case, it was her father who smoked. Born and [...]

Expo should say no to tobacco money

For Shanghai, organizer of the World Expo 2010, the good and bad come together. The US struck a last-minute deal on Friday to participate in the show. The news of attendance, first announced by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington on July 1, was a big face-saving move for both the US and [...]

Late payments at floors rile tobacco farmers

Some tobacco farmers who delivered their crops to the auction floors last month have expressed concern over the late payment of proceeds from the sale of the golden leaf. Farmers interviewed in Hurungwe and Chinhoyi last week said they had not been paid for deliveries made in June to the Tobacco Sales Floor. “On average, [...]

President Barack Obama announce the nomination of Dr. Regina Benjamin

The U.S. Surgeon General has been described as “the nation’s doctor,” a “national nanny” and the person who puts warning labels on cigarette packs. But lately, the position has been mostly called something else: invisible. Once the government’s leading voice on health issues, the surgeon general faded into relative obscurity in recent years. When asked [...]

Development of a measure for state economic dependence on tobacco

Tobacco has played an important role in the economy of the United States since the colonial era. American Indians presented Christopher Columbus with gifts of tobacco upon his arrival in 1492, and he introduced tobacco to Europe upon his return there. As demand rose in Europe, tobacco became the most important American agricultural export of [...]

Cartoon cigarette ads broke agreement

For the second time in two months, a court said Monday that an advertisement RJ Reynolds placed in Rolling Stone magazine broke the tobacco industry’s 1998 settlement with the states by using cartoons, and the company will have to pay damages. The Washington state Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s finding that content Reynolds [...]