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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Cigarette Butts: Tiny Trash That Piles Up

Andrea Scott says she would never throw a candy wrapper on the ground.
“Littering is one of my pet peeves, and I always told my kids they’d be in big trouble if I catch them doing it,” said Ms. Scott, a 43-year-old financial executive, as she sat outside an office tower on Michigan Avenue in Chicago [...]

Consider Quit Smoking Hypnosis to Kick That Butt

Stopping smoking success stories are wide and varied. One of the many methods that those who wish to quit have used has been quit smoking hypnosis. It is generally believed that quitting smoking is among the most difficult things a person has to face since the habit is so addictive even though it is life-threatening. [...]

Smoking Myth

We all have our ways to continue smoking, nobody actually wants to smoke but many of us were scared of life without cigarettes. I thought about it constantly and ironically my over analysing was probably my key to actually escaping. I read constantly about smoking and researched my quit smoking project [...]

Majors to chew it over as big-league tobacco policy isn’t up to snuff

Derek Jeter steps to the plate again, his jaw churning ferociously on some foreign, sticky substance. It’s just gum, and Jeter will prove that to the world now and then by blowing a giant bubble. But until the silly pink ball emerges, who knows?
It might be gum, yet it also could be a pouch of [...]

The Impact of Substance Abuse on Federal, State and Local Budgets

Substance abuse and addiction cost federal, state and local governments at least $467.7 billion in 2005, according to Shoveling Up II: The Impact of Substance Abuse on Federal, State and Local Budgets, a new 287-page report released today by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University.
The CASA report found that [...]

UA Researchers Look to Stem the Growth of Tobacco Use Worldwide

Sunday is the World Health Organization’s World No Tobacco Day.
The focus of WHO’s campaign this year is the effectiveness of warning labels in getting people to stop smoking and using other forms of tobacco. Since warning labels first appeared on cigarette packs more than 40 years ago, Americans have generally taken these warnings to heart.
In [...]

Saskatchewan to impose long-awaited workplace smoking ban

Tobacco-control advocates are hoping the workplace smoking ban in Saskatchewan, which takes effect Sunday, will reduce smoking rates in this province.
For three years running Saskatchewan has had the highest smoking rates in the country and the highest youth smoking rate, said Donna Pasiechnik, the Canadian Cancer Society Saskatchewan’s tobacco control co-ordinator.
“That is a big concern [...]

Youth, Health Groups to Take Studios to Task

How many children will be exposed to smoking in G, PG and PG-13 movies this summer — and start smoking because of it? Which studios will produce the most youth-rated films with tobacco imagery?
These are questions that will be answered by a campaign this summer from the American Medical Association (AMA) Alliance, Los Angeles County [...]

Belmar tightens beach smoking rules even further

Cigarette breaks on the beach here are about to get more complicated.
Already known as the first beach in the continental United States to limit smoking to designated areas — under a law passed in 2001 — Belmar now plans to limit those areas even further, the Township Council announced today.
Until now, smokers were allowed to [...]

Florida’s Crist signs tobacco “execution order”

Florida Governor Charlie Crist didn’t try to hide his motives when he signed into law a $1-per-pack cigarette tax hike Wednesday, reported The Orlando Sentinel. “I view it more as a health issue than a tax issue,” said Crist, a Republican who broke with a career-long opposition to tax increases. “Ronald Reagan used to say [...]

Crist signs cigarette-tax hike, calls it a ‘health issue’

Gov. Charlie Crist signed into law a $1-per-pack cigarette tax hike Wednesday - the biggest of its kind in Florida history — saying he hopes to kill the habit that results in thousands of deaths every year.
“I view it more as a health issue than a tax issue,” said Crist, a Republican who broke with [...]

Cigarette producers to be probed over fake stamps

Customs and Excise officers will investigate the possible involvement of cigarette producers in cases of fake tax stamps that have caused state losses of Rp 1 trillion (about US95 million), an official has said.
Director General of Customs and Excise Anwar Supriadi said on Saturday his side would trace cigarette producers who allegedly used the fake [...]

Side Effects Make it Impossible to Quit Smoking

So many people want to quit smoking but they just keep giving up. Why is that? One reason is that smoking is very addictive. It’s easy to say you want to quit smoking and go through all of the steps to do so. However, it may be hard for you physically and emotionally to actually [...]

Cigars industry flourished in Lebanon County

The Northeast was the major hub of activity for the industry before it spread to other parts of the country, he said.
“Philadelphia was the cigar capital of the United States throughout the 1800s, and still manufactures cigars today,” he said.
In his latest book “Tulpehocken Cigarama,” Ibach writes about the production of handmade cigars in local [...]

Tobacco Taxes Up in Russia

Cigarettes prices were raised in a lot of countries. But recently this legislation came in Russia too. The world’s third-largest cigarette maker, Japan Tobacco Inc. said that Russian tobacco sales are rising as taxes force up the prices of budget opponents to its Winston and LD brands.
In a short period of time, from January to [...]

Are tobacco companies going too far?

As smoking bans become more popular, tobacco companies are developing new products and facing new criticism.
Snus’ are tea-bags, filled with mint-flavored tobacco. They fit neatly between your teeth and gum, with no need to spit.
The tobacco stays in the bag.
Tobacco companies say Snus’ have become so popular, they’re taking the next step, totally dissolvable tobacco.
For traditional smokers [...]

Japan Stocks: Funai, Japan Tobacco, Taiyo Yuden, JVC Kenwood

Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell 7.85, or 0.1 percent, to 9,430.92 as of the midday trading break in Tokyo. The following are among the most active shares in the Japanese market today. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names.
Asahi Kasei Corp. (3407 JT) gained 3.3 percent to 470 yen, heading for the highest [...]

Smokeless tobacco bill could help recruit doctors

An increase in state taxes on smokeless tobacco supported by both houses of the Texas Legislature could make it easier for Fort Bend Family Health Center to recruit doctors.
A bill introduced by Rep. Al Edwards, D-Houston, and sponsored by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, seeks to tax smokeless tobacco by weight, instead of price. The [...]

The high cost of addiction

Government spending related to smoking and the abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs reached $468 billion in 2005, accounting for more than one-tenth of combined federal, state and local expenditures for all purposes, according to a new study.
Most abuse-related spending went toward direct health care costs for lung disease, cirrhosis and overdoses, for example, or [...]

Cigarettes in Popular Films Are Target of Health Groups

The advocacy arm of the American Medical Association unveiled a summer-long campaign on Wednesday intended to publicly shame movie studios for depicting images of smoking in their mass-appeal movies.
“Which Movie Studios Will Cause the Most Youth to Start Smoking This Summer?” is the name of the effort. Components include a Facebook scorecard,, tallying [...]

State may avoid tax hikes in budget this year

Gov. Ed Rendell said today the state may dodge an income tax increase this year, but should be prepared to address the problem in future budgets if revenue continues to fall.
“Can we make it through this coming budget without tax hikes? I think so,” Rendell said. “The question is, if revenues continue to fall, can [...]

Smoke free legislation affects business

Starting July 5, 2010, almost all indoor public places in Wisconsin will be smoke-free. That includes restaurants, bars, taverns and any other indoor location in which people could smoke.
On May 18, Gov. Jim Doyle signed into the law the comprehensive ban after years of talking about it. The only indoor public places people will be [...]

Activated stem cells in damaged lungs

Stem cells that respond after a severe injury in the lungs of mice may be a source of rapidly dividing cells that lead to lung cancer, according to

IMAGE: This photo shows the airway after a severe chemical injury that wipes out the normally present cells and activates stem cell mediated repair (clonal patches).

a team [...]

US cancer death rate drops again in 2006

The U.S. cancer death rate fell again in 2006, a new analysis shows, continuing a slow downward trend that experts attribute to declines in smoking, earlier detection and better treatment.
About 560,000 people died of cancer that year, according to an American Cancer Society report released Wednesday. The new numbers show the death rate fell by [...]

Cigarette Smoke – the Main Remedy for Allergy

The weak immune system and vitamins lack, lead to infectious diseases, allergies, and cancers. The only protection against such diseases is a strong immune system.
As it is known smoking is injurious for people’ health, but a new study has revealed that cigarettes can protect from allergies. Dutch researchers have found that cigarette smoke decreases allergic [...]

Japan opposition wants tobacco tax hike

Japan’s largest opposition party plans to hike tobacco taxes with the goal of halving the nation’s number of smokers if it wins the next election, the deputy head of the party’s tax team said on Wednesday.
“One of the big challenges is how to reduce the number of smokers and the tax system can be used [...]

Strapped states cut smoking-prevention funds

After 30 years smoking Marlboros, 53-year-old hospital maintenance man Dave Hanna was ready to quit.
Thanks to the Vermont Quit Network, he didn’t have to do it alone: Hanna got one-on-one counseling, nicotine therapy patches and support materials from a state-funded tobacco-cessation coordinator. He’s now two months smoke-free.
“If I had to go out and pay the [...]

Strapped states cut smoking prevention funds

After 30 years smoking Marlboros, 53-year-old hospital maintenance man Dave Hanna was ready to quit.
Thanks to the Vermont Quit Network, he didn’t have to do it alone: Hanna got one-on-one counseling, nicotine therapy patches and support materials from a state-funded tobacco-cessation coordinator. He’s now two months smoke-free.
“If I had to go out and pay the [...]

Pennsylvania income tax increase hinted

As Pennsylvania’s predicted budget deficit crept to $3.2 billion, a top aide to a leading House Democrat on Tuesday raised the possibility of increasing the state income tax to tackle the problem.
Raising the state’s 3.07 percent income tax by 1 percentage point would raise $3.1 billion, but it appears no politician is ready to formally [...]

Top advocate of smoking ban has lung surgery

A week after he watched the smoking ban he pushed through the legislature get signed into law, Rep. Hugh Holliman is recovering from surgery that removed part of his lung.
Holliman, 65, has had lung cancer since 1999 and underwent a second surgical treatment in 2007. The part of Holliman’s lung that was removed was not [...]