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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Proposal to Hike Cigarette Tax Shocks Illinois Smokers

Illinois legislators will debate over the provisions of the new budget prior to the end of the current legislative session, which is scheduled to be completed on May 7th. Among the proposals to be considered by the lawmakers, there is a bill to increase state tax on cigarettes from current 98 cents a pack up [...]

Cancer and the Environment

The President’s Cancer Panel is the Mount Everest of the medical mainstream, so it is astonishing to learn that it is poised to join ranks with the organic food movement and declare: chemicals threaten our bodies. The cancer panel is releasing a landmark 200-page report on Thursday, warning that our lackadaisical approach to regulation may [...]

The tobacco farmer and the law

It is easy enough to find evidence of the lingering presence of tobacco growing in Motueka – it’s standing there in clear view of passing traffic on the Motueka Valley Highway, the remnants of Laurie Jury’s latest crop. If, as recent events imply, the row of distinctive, tall, large-leafed plants represents a key to the [...]

Oil spill science: The smoking gun

Science journalist Mark Schrope is aboard the research vessel Pelican, which is spending the week studying the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Check back to The Great Beyond for daily mission updates. “You’ve got to see this,” says Vernon Asper, an oceanographer with the National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology [...]

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Big Pharma rumbles with Big Tobacco

Federal officials are planning new regulations on tobacco products, including those marketed as alternatives to smoking — such as dissolvable tobacco tablets sold by Camel. But some of the men and women on the government’s official advisory panel have financial ties to the drug companies selling competing products, such as Nicorette. One government adviser even [...]

What it takes to quit smoking

Higher cigarette taxes, smoke-free policies, exposure to aggressive media campaigns and access to cessation programs that include counseling are among the biggest factors that help smokers kick the habit, according to recent studies from the Centers for Disease Control and the North American Quitline Consortium, a nonprofit that promotes quit-smoking hotlines. The states that enacted [...]

Massachusetts to force stores to post graphic signs vs. smoking

Massachusetts is poised to become the first state in the nation to force retailers to prominently display graphic warnings about the perils of smoking right where cigarettes are sold — at tobacco sales racks and next to cash registers. Images of ominously darkened lungs, damaged brains, and diseased teeth could start appearing before the end [...]

A new strategy for treating tobacco addiction

The tobacco addiction epidemic is a major public health problem worldwide. Professor Zhao Baolu and his group from the State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Science, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences set out to tackle this problem. After 20 years of innovative research, they have developed a novel tea filter to treat [...]

Elena Kagan a Pragmatic New Yorker on a Careful Path to Washington

WASHINGTON — She was a product of Manhattan’s liberal, intellectual Upper West Side — a smart, witty girl who was bold enough at 13 to challenge her family’s rabbi over her bat mitzvah, cocky (or perhaps prescient) enough at 17 to pose for her high school yearbook in a judge’s robe with a gavel and [...]

House overrides cigarettes tax veto, 90 to 29

House lawmakers voted Wednesday to override Gov. Mark Sanford’s veto and thereby increase the state’s cigarette tax to 57 cents from its current 7 cents level. The vote was 90 to 29. Now, all eyes are on the Senate to see if they too can muster the two-thirds majority vote needed to override Sanford’s veto [...]

Minnesota to reduce youth access to tobacco products

Minnesota’s tobacco laws are strengthened to reduce youth access to tobacco products under a bill signed into law this week. The measure, known as the Tobacco Modernization and Compliance Act of 2010, authored by Senator Scott Dibble and Representative Jim Davnie, both DFL-Minneapolis, closes loopholes in current state law that allows many new tobacco products [...]

Restaurant finds e-cigarettes fill smoking need

GENESEE TOWNSHIP - Michigan’s new smoking ban appears to be creating a boost in the e-cigarette industry. At least one local restaurant says it’s looking at these electronic cigarettes as a way to keep their staff and customers smoking legally indoors. Many who run bars and restaurants in Mid-Michigan say they’ve been struggling with ways [...]

Electronic cigarette: a Remedy or a Threat

As the controversy and heated debates around electronic cigarettes is growing rapidly, we decided to write an article, reviewing the majority of written material published in the web. Summing up that material we can say that there are two major parties in the discussions over the e-cigarettes. One party, the general public, who tried the [...]

Winners and Losers from Tobacco Regulation

National governments in Europe and overseas are clamping down on smoking, both as a public health policy and to raise tax revenues. Bans on smoking in public places, restrictions on tobacco marketing, and rising excise taxes are causing headaches for tobacco manufacturers around the globe. The extent to which restrictions will be implemented is not [...]

Hookah Becoming Popular With US Youth

The hookah, generally associated with feudal India, is becoming evermore popular in the West. The water-pipe bars are becoming a regular haunt of the youth in north America, Canadian research suggests. A group of scientists from the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center, Quebec set out “to identify the sociodemographic characteristics of water-pipe users in [...]

New York’s anti-smoking fund cut, smoking rises

ALBANY, N.Y. - In the last three years, New York’s once heralded anti-smoking program has been cut three times by a total of 30 percent and as its TV spots, quitters’ help line and free nicotine patch programs were scaled back, 105,000 adults started smoking who otherwise might not have. Anti-smoking advocate Russ Sciandra notes [...]

Philip Morris consolidates cigarette-making operations in Richmond

Tucked between the new high-speed cigarette-makers and pack-loaders in Philip Morris USA’s giant South Richmond plant, there now are lots of head-high, Plexiglas-walled boxes. Inside, robot-arms load rolls of cigarette paper or package and carton blanks, keeping a continuous feed of material flowing. Overhead, a conveyor belt, also walled in with clear plastic, forms an [...]

Tobacco regulator faults BAT crop insurance cover

Cigarette maker, British American Tobacco (BAT), will on Monday afternoon know its fate as the control board meets to determine what action to take on the firm over a crop insurance policy that the State agency says is illegal. The crop policy developed by UAP Insurance in partnership with Chancery Wright was recently introduced to [...]

Tobacco control and the collateral damage of conflict of interest

Discussion of conflict of interest is not new to this journal; one variation on the theme concerned the appointment of a pharmaceutical industry executive to the governing council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. We now turn to a similar controversy that erupted recently with respect to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) when [...]

Violent video games’ effects on children

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed last week to hear a case on California’s attempt to restrict sales of violent video games to minors. Both the California lawmakers who approved the law in 2005 and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judges who overturned the law in 2009 claimed that scientific research was on their [...]

Philip Morris packaging now in FDA compliance

Pale-blue “FDA Compliant” signs with big, red check marks are being taken off machines at Philip Morris USA’s plant in South Richmond. Philip Morris USA had been phasing in new packaging that complies with a U.S. Food and Drug Administration ban on terms like “light” or “mild” on cigarettes. The ban takes effect June 22. [...]

Foxwoods selling electronic cigarettes

Mashantucket, Conn. — Children who want to act grown-up often pretend to smoke candy cigarettes. Nowadays, adults can pretend as well with electronic cigarettes like Cigotine. Foxwoods Resort Casino and its sister property, MGM Grand at Foxwoods, now sell Cigotine kits and cartridges at four retail outlets. The “e-cigarette” will be permitted in areas now [...]

RJR rebuts farmworker arguments at meeting

Reynolds American Inc. and a group representing migrant farmworkers butted heads yesterday — as expected — over who’s ultimately responsible for laborers’ work and living conditions. The clash took place yesterday at Reynolds’ annual shareholder meeting. Groups wanting to protest Reynolds’ policies typically buy its shares to be able to speak at the meeting. From [...]

Panel defers bill on smoking in casinos

On a close 8-6 vote, the House committee that handles health issues sidetracked legislation Thursday that would limit smoking in casinos. House Bill 1323, which would have required some casinos to set aside a nonsmoking section, fell after warnings from lobbyists for the companies that own gambling operations that the change would result in the [...]

Analyzing Australia’s cigarette packaging regulations

The headlines are as recent as a puffed smoke-ring, wafting intact: Australia proposes regulations mandating plain packaging. Plain, in this instance, bears no relation to the “less is more” school of thought subscribed to by many designers; rather, it means sans logo, branding images, and color. Furthermore, promotional copy will be limited to brand name [...]

Trademark attorney: Tobacco companies have no case on plain packaging

In response to last week’s plans by the government to restrict cigarette packaging to plain and standardised designs, the cigarette industry has warned that it will protect its intellectual property rights and claim compensation from the government. I saw a figure of $3 billion as a possible amount for that compensation. The government has denied [...]

Japan Tobacco’s Gallaher move catches light

When Japan Tobacco bought Gallaher in 2007, there were more than a few rank and file workers at the UK cigarette maker’s Weybridge headquarters who harboured concerns about the £7.5bn deal. After all, Japanese companies are not known for making cross-border mergers and acquisitions work. The 1980s and 1990s are littered with deals – such [...]

Senate approves 50-cent increase

S.C. House lawmakers think they can muster the votes needed to overturn an expected veto by Gov. Mark Sanford of raising the nation’s lowest cigarette tax. The Senate voted Wednesday to agree to the House version of a bill to raise that tax to 57 cents a pack from 7 cents per pack. The higher [...]

District of Columbia Council approves medical marijuana

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia Council approved a measure on Tuesday that would allow people with certain chronic illnesses to obtain medical marijuana from a handful of dispensaries regulated by the city. The 13-member Council voted unanimously to allow doctors to recommend marijuana for people who are infected with H.I.V., as well as people [...]