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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Investigating separate and joint effects of alcohol and tobacco

* The brain’s nucleus accumbens (NAC) is a core region of the mesocorticolimbic dopaminergic system. * The mesocorticolimbic dopaminergic system plays an important role in addiction. * New findings show distinct gene expression patterns for alcoholics, smokers and smoking alcoholics in the NAC. The brain’s nucleus accumbens (NAC) is a core region of the mesocorticolimbic [...]

Ferrari’s Subliminal Cigarette Ads

Does the barcode on this Ferrari F10 make you want to pick up a pack of Marlboros? According to English doctors, it’s designed to do just that. They claim the Ferrari F1 livery violates a tobacco sponsorship ban. Sponsorship of Formula Teams by tobacco companies is subject to a de facto ban due to laws [...]

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 [...]

Schwarzenegger vetoes beach smoking ban

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday vetoed a measure that would have banned smoking in state parks and beaches, calling it “an improper intrusion of government into people’s lives.’’ Schwarzenegger, whose own cigar-smoking habit led him to build a smoking tent next to the state Capitol building, said the most far-reaching regulations of tobacco in the [...]

Tobacco Companies are Using Social Networking Sites to Promote their Products

The largest tobacco companies are turning to Social Networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace to promote their products in violation of international treaties that ban tobacco advertisements, according to a research carried out by University of Sydney public health research team which appeared in the recent issue of the British Medical Journal. ”This [...]

Brown wants candy-like tobacco taken off market

WASHINGTON—To the average school nurse, teacher or security officer, they might well pass as innocent packages of breath mints. That’s a big reason “dissolvable tobacco” products such as Camel Orbs are so attractive to youths trying to pull a fast one on adults while still getting a significant hit of nicotine, says Kate King, a [...]

All about politics and not tax reform

It’s been said before and it will be said again in the run-up to the election, Kevin Rudd has over promised and under delivered on a range of fronts. Think ETS, home insulation, new childcare centres, renewable energy targets, even the takeover of public hospital funding. And you’d have to say the response to the [...]

Electronic Cigarette – Pros and Cons

E cigarette is basically a battery powered device which Vaporize nicotine present in them without producing any toxic smoke. It is a common thing that people are always suspicious about new products. Of course, there are pioneers who except innovations without any doubts, but they are in a minority. For the rest, who are still [...]

Rush to buy cheap cigarettes

RETAILERS have reported a spending blitz on cigarettes after the Rudd Government’s price hike announcement yesterday. The 25% rise in excise tax - equivalent to a $2.16 hike on a pack of 30 - applies from today, although some retailers are offloading existing stock at yesterday’s prices. Coles spokesman Jim Cooper said management responded to [...]

The Tobacco Timeline

Tobacco in some form has been around for eons. About 6000 BC: Experts believe the tobacco plant, as we know it today, begins growing in the Americas 1492-10-15: Columbus mentions tobacco. “We found a man in a canoe going from Santa Maria to Fernandia. He had with him some dried leaves which are in high [...]

FDA Tobacco Panelists Are Challenged

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected a request by cigarette giant Philip Morris USA to remove four members of a key tobacco-products advisory panel that the company said had extensive conflicts of interest. Altria Group Inc. disclosed in a quarterly financial report with regulators Wednesday that its Philip Morris USA unit asked the FDA [...]

New York Moves Towards Total E-Cigarette Ban

The New York State Assembly has voted overwhelmingly 125-0 to ban e-cigarettes [e-cigs]; a product which has already been banned in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Mexico, and New Zealand, restricted in Finland, Malaysia, and Singapore, pending restriction in the UK as a drug, and the subject of law suits by attorneys general in several states, [...]

Doctors issue health warning over smoking in British film blockbusters

Some of Britain’s biggest recent films have come under fire from doctors who say they are more likely than Hollywood movies to include specific cigarette brands. They are demanding an overhaul of the film classification system so that cinema releases are given a higher age rating depending on the amount and type of tobacco consumption [...]

Australia to Ban Logos on Cigarette Packets

Australia will become the first nation to ban branding on cigarette packages and will raise tobacco taxes by 25 percent, taking on British American Tobacco Plc and Philip Morris International Inc. in a renewed effort to combat smoking. The cost of a packet of 30 cigarettes will rise to about A$16.70 ($15.40) at midnight from [...]

Japan Tobacco January-March Group Net Profit Y31.5bn, Announce Price Hike

TOKYO -Japan Tobacco Inc. (2914) reported Wednesday that it swung into a net profit for the January-March quarter, thanks to increased sales of tobacco products in overseas markets, offsetting a sales drop at home. The world’s third-largest tobacco company by sales volume after Philip Morris International Inc. and British American Tobacco PLC generated a group [...]

British American Tobacco 1Q Volumes Drop 4%

LONDON -British American Tobacco PLC (BATS.LN) Wednesday posted an accelerating decline in cigarette volumes for the first quarter as lower consumer spending in the global economic downturn hit sales of its cigarette brands. “Our consumers are clearly finding economic conditions difficult, and volumes suffered as a result of market size declines,” said Chief Executive Paul [...]

Michigan’s workplace smoking ban takes effect on May 1

The mystery when Michigan’s workplace smoking ban takes effect at 6 a.m. Saturday is what will happen. Will bars and restaurants have their required “No Smoking” signs posted and ashtrays removed? Will smokers be defiant or even confrontational? Will local health departments be deluged with complaints? Michigan need look no farther than Ohio, which began [...]

Philip Morris International 1Q profit rises

Higher selling prices helped boost cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc.’s first-quarter profit 15 percent, but results missed expectations due to pressure from steep excise taxes in some countries, and the weak economy. The seller of Marlboro and other brands overseas says profit rose to $1.7 billion, or 90 cents per share, up from $1.48 [...]

Lorillard’s 1Q Profit Up 26%

NEW YORK -Lorillard Inc.’s (LO) first-quarter profit jumped 26% as its cigarette shipments increased and the company’s Newport menthol cigarettes grew their market share. Lorillard, the third-largest cigarette manufacturer by sales, dominates the market for menthol cigarettes, which have done better than regular cigarettes in the U.S. in recent years. The company’s earnings and revenue [...]

Health Officials Angry Tobacco Taxes not spent On Public Heath Campaigns

Last year 15 states, including the District of Columbia increase state duties on cigarettes raising the average tax across the states from $1.18 per package of 20 cigarettes in 2008 to $1.34 per pack. Nevertheless, none of those states spent additional revenues from the excise tax increase on anti-smoking programs, according to a report by [...]

Effects of Smokeless Tobacco Products Overblown

Smokeless tobacco products remain far less popular than cigarettes in the U.S. Yet a collection of products that deliver nicotine without smoke—including dip, chew, snuff and newer items that look more like chewing gum—have sparked a heated debate about health risks. Opponents of these products have presented numbers that suggest smokeless tobacco is an enormous [...]

Smoking May Be in Your Genes

For some people, quitting smoking could be especially difficult because their dependence may be explained in part by genetics, three new studies suggest. One of the reports, part of a trio of findings published online April 25 in Nature Genetics, found three genetic regions that were associated with the number of cigarettes smoked per day. [...]

Australian Cigarette Display Has US Smokers Burning

An anti-smoking art display in Sydney, Australia, financed by a pharmaceutical company has some American smokers burning mad. To raise awareness about the perils of smoking, the Australian branch of Pfizer recently funded an installation at Sydney’s Martin Place featuring 219,000 imitation cigarettes under Plexiglas — the amount that the average pack-a-day smoker puffs over [...]

Reynolds American turns higher profit than forecast

Susan Ivey, the top executive of Reynolds American Inc., likes to tout flexibility and resiliency as two core company strengths. Reliance on those factors paid off again during the first quarter. Reynolds reported yesterday an $82 million profit despite dealing with higher excise taxes, lower cigarette volume, increased marketing costs and heightened competition in cigarettes [...]

New FDA Regulations Could Change Smokers’ Habits

For decades, tobacco lobbyists fought against any kind of federal regulation of cigarettes and tobacco products — and for decades, no regulations existed. Cigarettes had less federal oversight than both pet food and makeup — in part because of a 2000 Supreme Court decision that ruled that the Food and Drug Administration was not allowed [...]

Michigan is a big draw for Ohio smokers

Many restaurants and bars along Michigan’s border with the Buckeye State benefited after Ohio banned indoor smoking in 2006. Smokers slipped across the state line to drag on their favorite cigarettes with their beer or bucket of wings. But on May 1, Michigan eateries and other work sites must be smoke-free or face fines under [...]

Altria Group 1st-quarter profit rises

RICHMOND, Va. — Cigarette maker Altria Group Inc. said Wednesday its first-quarter profit rose 38 percent as Marlboro took an even more commanding share of the market and Copenhagen smokeless tobacco also made gains. The Richmond-based owner of nation’s biggest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, said those price boosts, gains in its cigarette, smokeless tobacco [...]

Tobacco Candy Poisoning Kids, Study Shows

NEW YORK - Thousands of young children are accidentally poisoned by tobacco products each year in the U.S., and new dissolvable tobacco products that resemble candy might pose an additional risk, according to researchers. In a study of reports to U.S. poison control centers between 2006 and 2008, investigators found that 13,705 children younger than [...]

Durham, a Tobacco Town, Turns to Local Food

TEN years ago, Matthew Beason’s duties as a restaurant manager here included driving to the airport to retrieve a weekly shipment of duck confit and pâté from New York. “We couldn’t even buy anything like that around here,” said Mr. Beason, who went on to open Six Plates Wine Bar, now one of many ambitious [...]

American Idol winner sparks smoking debate

Just a few miles after passing a towering Marlboro Man ad, a second billboard off the highway promotes cigarettes with a new American face: Kelly Clarkson. The former American Idol winner invites fans to buy tickets to her upcoming concert in Jakarta, the nation’s capital. The logo of her sponsor is splashed in huge type [...]