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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WHO warns tobacco firms targeting women and girls

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday urged Asia-Pacific countries to protect women and girls from aggressive efforts by tobacco firms to induce them to start smoking. In a statement ahead of World No Tobacco Day on May 31, the WHO’s regional office in Manila warned that smoking among women and girls was increasing in [...]

Falling into the tobacco trap

In the recent past, Big Tobacco has stepped up its advertising campaigns for a new target group — women. Set against a hot pink tag which screams ‘Smoking is Ugly’, the World Health Organisation’s Global Tobacco Epidemic Report 2009 gives the alarming numbers — of the five million who die annually of tobacco abuse, 1.5 [...]

U.S. gene study reveals toll of heavy smoking

Heavy smokers who get lung cancer may have tens of thousands of genetic mutations, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. A team at Roche’s biotechnology unit Genentech in California compared all the genetic changes in a single patient’s lung tumor with healthy tissue from the patient, a 51-year-old man who had smoked an average of 25 [...]

Secondhand Smoke Serious Health Risks to Children and Pets

What is Secondhand Smoke? Secondhand smoke is a mixture of the smoke given off by the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar, and the smoke exhaled by smokers. Secondhand smoke is also called environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and exposure to secondhand smoke is sometimes called involuntary or passive smoking. Secondhand smoke contains more [...]

Exposure to smoking in movies among British adolescents

Exposure to on-screen smoking in movies causes youths to smoke. There is a ‘dose-response’: the more smoking youths see, the more likely they are to smoke, with heavily exposed youths about three times as likely to begin smoking as lightly exposed youths, after controlling for other factors linked with smoking (peer smoking, parental smoking, academic [...]

Louisiana Committee rejects smoking ban bill

A House panel rejected a Senate-passed measure Tuesday that would have banned smoking in Louisiana bars and casinos — likely ending the battle in the 2010 legislative session. The state Health and Welfare Committee voted 8-4 to involuntarily defer the legislation. In recent years, the committee has been a graveyard for bills that sought to [...]

AT&T led pack in lobbying expenses

Despite a modest agenda, communications giant AT&T spent up to $1.1 million in the first quarter of 2010 on lobbyists, more than any other principal. Compensation reports submitted to the Florida Legislature show the company again outdistancing any other and show a near tripling of lobby expenses reported for the quarter ending March 31. State [...]

Suspect in giant cigarette smuggling case declared guilty

A Cigarette wholesaler from Kentucky was declared guilty in huge federal case related to smuggling of cigarettes worth millions of dollars. Hopkinsville resident Charles Wells was found guilty in the contraband case, while several other suspects are still under investigation. Several cigarette makers, among the suspects, represent small tobacco plants in Cynthiana and Russell Springs, [...]

Industry should cooperate with FDA, new tobacco chief says

WILLIAMSBURG, Va.—The top tobacco regulator at the Food and Drug Administration signaled to industry executives Monday that he would take a firm approach to overseeing the industry, but pledged to keep an open mind about new products and ideas to reduce tobacco-related illnesses. Dr. Lawrence Deyton, director of the agency’s Center for Tobacco Products, said [...]

Big tobacco’s huff and puff is just hot air

Legal threats over plain cigarette packaging have no basis in law. My late father, a Presbyterian minister, joked that on occasions he would write sermons with the following note to himself: ”Shout here, the argument is weak.” The tobacco industry is shouting very loudly about the Australian government’s proposals for plain packaging of cigarettes. The [...]

Smoking and Age

PRINCETON, NJ - Older Americans are generally less likely than those who are younger to report that they smoke, but the age/smoking relationship is not uniform. Smoking is higher among younger baby boomers between the ages of 44 and 54 than it is among those in their 30s and those 55 and older. These statistics [...]

Six Nations tobacco company takes on United States

A Six Nations tobacco company is taking on the United States in a legal action that challenges big tobacco and the North American Free Trade Agreement. Grand River Enterprises — Six Nations’ largest manufacturer, making millions of cigarettes a day — has sunk almost $4 million into fighting the case, which is being decided by [...]

Third-Hand Smoke: Latest Danger from Tobacco

Smoking parents usually think that opening a window or ventilating the room is enough to make it smoke-free and safe for their kids, however, scientists have recently discovered a health hazard, which is rather difficult to remove: third-hand smoke. This term defines invisible but hazardous residue settled on smokers’ clothes, and even bedding and carpeting, [...]

July 15-16 Meeting of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee

Date July 15, 2010 & July 16, 2010 Time 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center 9751 Washingtonian Boulevard Gaithersburg, Maryland Hotel phone number is 301-590-0044. Agenda On July 15, 2010, the committee will 1) hear and discuss a presentation on dissolvable tobacco products in order to [...]

Big Tobacco’s Many Days in Court

U.S. cigarette makers, led by Altria Group and Reynolds American, have racked up a dismal record in Florida courts, where smokers and their families won 14 of the last 15 trials and were awarded more than $200 million in damages. But plenty of battles remain. That’s because there are still more than 9,000 claims left [...]

Dubious Tobacco-Control Regulations Currently pending in the Legislatures

Besides common anti-tobacco regulations, already approved or considered by the governments of many countries, there are other ordinances that rise many questions regarding their efficacy in protecting nonsmokers and cutting the rates of smokers. So, we decided to review the most controversial regulations: Plain packaging requirement A highly controversial ban on using any colors, images, [...]

Predictable response to alcohol report

Doug Sellman and Jennie Connor take issue with Roger Kerr’s “dismissal” of the Law Commission’s alcohol report. Roger Kerr’s disdainful dismissal (5.5.10) of the Law Commission’s report Alcohol in our lives: curbing the harm is of course entirely predictable. Roger Kerr is a spokesperson for “business”. In this case it is the alcohol industry he [...]

Drug may prevent lung cancer, US study finds

WASHINGTON, - A drug approved to treat a range of conditions may also work to prevent lung cancer in people who have given up smoking, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday. The drug, called iloprost, is approved in inhaled forms to treat pulmonary hypertension, when blood pools near the lungs, a connective tissue disease called scleroderma [...]

Women now main target of tobacco firms

The number of female smokers in the country may see a sharp rise as Chinese women have become the main target of tobacco companies, a government official said on Tuesday. Li Xinhua, a division chief with the Ministry of Health’s department of women, children and community health, said Chinese female smokers will probably jump by [...]

Big Tobacco Cutting Contracts With US Farmers

After years of faithfully supplying leaf to tobacco giant Philip Morris International, farmer Jess Burrier received a postcard, thanking him for his contributions and telling him his service wasn’t needed this year. “They were very courteous, but a Dear John letter’s still a Dear John letter,” said Burrier, who has seen the amount of tobacco [...]

Rules for Ohio casinos: No smoking, no alcohol after 2:30 a.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Soon you won’t need the trappings of Las Vegas or Atlantic City to gamble like a high roller. Four colorful and glitzy casinos are already well in the works for Ohio. And this week state lawmakers revealed plans for exactly how those gambling facilities might operate. In Ohio, gamblers will be at [...]

The Battle Over Taxing Soda

The classic way for lobbyists to defend their client’s interest is to insist that they are not actually defending their client’s interest. Really, they say, they are just looking out for ordinary Americans. Tobacco lobbyists spent years fighting regulation by claiming to be defending individual freedom, not the profits of tobacco companies. Detroit’s lobbyists did [...]

New smokeless cigarettes on sale in Tokyo

Japan Tobacco, Inc., began selling a new kind of cigarette that doesn’t release smoke on Monday, but reactions from Japan’s major airline companies and Japan Railways on the new cigarette’s use in public transportation are mixed. The new cigarette, being sold as “Zero Style Mint,” uses cartridges, each containing tobacco leaves, which are set inside [...]

Levy huge fines on smokers and eateries

AS part of the obligations under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the Ministry of Health issued a press release recently, announcing that starting from 2011, smoking in all public places will be banned. While I hail the Ministry’s courage and determination to take on the tobacco industry, the thought of Don Quixote [...]

Growth of social networking, smoking

Two MSU studies focusing on social networking sites such as YouTube, are helping shape how people understand the Internet, researchers said. MSU researchers have applied for a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study visitors of major social networking sites, such as YouTube and Facebook, said Cliff Lampe, a contributor to the project [...]

Cell phones are becoming as common as cigarettes; what is the risk?

GENEVA: If there’s one lifestyle tool that’s ubiquitous, from American cities to remote villages of the developing world, it’s the mobile phone. Can they also be deadly? The frustratingly unresolved debate erupted again this week with the release of a $24 million U.N. study spanning a decade and covering 13 nations that suggests frequent cell [...]

Get Your Government Hands Off My Marijuana

Few phrasings have encapsulated the need for marijuana legalization better than this: “You can hold people accountable for their actions and not put the blame on what’s in their body.” Words which were spoken two weeks ago by retired Superior Court Judge James R. Gray - a conservative judge from conservative Orange County, a former [...]

Herbal incense blend becoming an alternative to marijuana as a “legal” high

Florida - Avid tobacco smokers like a change every now and then. Some turn to hookah cafes — that’s tobacco soaked in molasses filtered through water. “It’s a good feeling,” says one woman. It’s that feeling some look for in the wrong places. A man on the street pulls out a marijuana joint from a [...]

“Nicotine Bees” Population Restored With Neonicotinoids Ban

Following France and Germany, last year the Italian Agriculture Ministry suspended the use of a class of pesticides, nicotine-based neonicotinoids, as a “precautionary measure.” The compelling results - restored bee populations - prompted the government to uphold the ban. Yesterday, copies of the film ‘Nicotine Bees‘ were delivered to the US Congress explaining the pesticide’s [...]

Smoking electrinic cigarettes

In a society where public smoking is largely frowned upon and where it is easier to find a parking spot at Cal State Fullerton than to find a smoking zone on campus, there are other options for those yearning for their daily dose of nicotine. The electronic cigarette is a device that acts similarly to [...]

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