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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The War on Cigarettes

Add another chapter to the long and voluminous history of government’s failed “Vice Wars.” Just like Prohibition and the so-called “War on Drugs,” the ongoing cigarette crackdown in both the United States and Canada has not only failed to achieve its objective, but it is creating bureaucracies that threaten liberty and prosperity as well as [...]

Marijuana - the most commonly abused drug in the U.S.

Contrary to the beliefs of those who advocate the legalization of marijuana, the current balanced, restrictive, and bipartisan drug policies of the United States are working reasonably well and they have contributed to reductions in the rate of marijuana use in our nation. The rate of current, past 30-day use of marijuana by Americans aged [...]

Big Tobacco Vs. Big Pharma

As support for medical marijuana grows and states consider proposals to legalize the drug for recreational use, advocates on both sides of the debate over whether to end the war on pot are pooling their collective resources to help push their agenda. It’s no stretch to imagine, then, that the two industries best positioned to [...]

Alejandro Robaina, Grower for Top Cuban Cigars, Dies at 91

Alejandro Robaina, Cuba’s most revered tobacco grower, whose leaves wrap the country’s finest Habano cigars, died Saturday at his home near San Luis. He was 91. Habanos S.A., the state company that distributes and markets Cuban cigars, announced on its Web site,, that he had died after a long illness. Mr. Robaina (pronounced roe-BYE-nuh) [...]

Smoking Restrictions And Bans In Connecticut

For many years, the state’s Elks and Moose and ethnic, military and loyal orders of every brand have been free to drink, smoke and exchange secret handshakes in private clubs. Even when the state legislature banned smoking in restaurants and bars in 2003, the clubs, posts and lodges were spared, making them some of the [...]

Smokeless tobacco products target teens

NEW BEDFORD — They bear the names “Wild Honey” blunt wraps and “Peppermint” snus, but they are not the latest confections from Willy Wonka. They are part of an effort by tobacco companies to market products to adolescents and teenagers, said Judith Coykendall at Partners for Clean Air, a Seven Hills Behavioral Health program in [...]

Camel Orbs a Lure to Young Users

A research study and editorial to be published Monday in the medical journal Pediatrics takes direct aim at a novel tobacco product that some critics say too closely resembles Tic Tac breath mints. R. J. Reynolds Tobacco, the nation’s second-largest cigarette maker behind Philip Morris, is test marketing the product, Camel Orbs, along with other [...]

Research highlights the potential of e-cigarettes

A study conducted at The University of Auckland’s Clinical Trials Research Unit has provided the first evidence that nicotine delivered via ‘e-cigarette’ can help reduce the desire to smoke. “The e-cigarettes that we tested appeared to be as effective as a standard nicotine replacement therapy inhalator in reducing the desire to smoke and relieving cigarette [...]

Tobacco giant Philip Morris targets Indian tobacco industry

VERONA, N.Y. – Tobacco giant Philip Morris is funding an aggressive ad campaign against the Indian tobacco industry, urging the state to collect taxes on cigarettes sold on Indian reservations. Indian leaders and business people say the ads are just the latest effort to force sovereign nations to collect taxes for the state, effectively putting [...]

Lighting up in Japan a way of life

Japan - In Japan, smoking is a serious business. It’s government business. But while state-owned Japan tobacco turns out cigarettes, it’s also adapting to a changing culture. Step inside Lunchan Café and you can see and smell change in the air; literally. Everything’s non smoking. The restaurant is in Kanagawa, the first prefecture to go [...]

Why does Major League Baseball still allow smokeless tobacco on the field?

This year, millions of people will watch the Orioles at Camden Yards or on TV. We can’t know whether the O’s will win or lose, but there’s at least one thing every baseball fan can be sure of witnessing: spit tobacco use. Baseball has always been a numbers game. Fans everywhere know their favorite players’ [...]

Smoking ban lawsuit goes up in smoke

Farmington Hills — Oakland County’s sudden reversal Thursday of its threat to sue the state over enforcement of the state’s smoking ban added fuel to the battle over who would make sure smokers don’t light up indoors after May 1. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, uncharacteristically contrite, apologetic and a tad sheepish, said he would [...]

Insurance industry not shy about investing in fast food

Some major insurers, including Newark-based Prudential, have invested heavily in fast-food companies, according to a new analysis by Harvard University researchers. Using securities filings and investment data, the study found that as of June 2009, 11 major insurers held almost $1.9 billion in five fast-food stocks. The authors question why firms that life and health [...]

Tobacco tax rise could drive people to black market

A $6.50 RISE in the tobacco tax being considered by the Rudd Government could drive smokers to the blackmarket and deprive the Government of tax revenue, convenience stores warned. The Australian Association of Convenience Stores said the market for illegal cigarettes had already doubled to 12 per cent of cigarettes sold, bleeding the Government of [...]

American Cancer Society responds to passage of smoking bill

MONTGOMERY, AL - The House Government Operations Committee passed SB541, legislation aimed to be a smoke-free bill. However, the legislation leaves workers in bars and most other Alabama workplaces vulnerable to the dangers of secondhand smoke. Although the bill would prohibit smoking in all restaurants, it does not go far enough to protect the health [...]

Depression and Smoking in the U.S

* Adults aged 20 and over with depression were more likely to be cigarette smokers than those without depression. * Women with depression had smoking rates similar to men with depression, while women without depression smoked less than men. * The percentage of adults who were smokers increased as depression severity increased. * Among adult [...]

Tobacco Adapts to New Realities

Nearly a year after Congress passed and the president signed a historic increase in the federal excise tax (FET) on tobacco to fund an expansion of children’s health care benefits, convenience store retailers joined to discuss the tax’s implications on tobacco, as well as other factors influencing the category, at Convenience Store News’ annual Tobacco [...]

Tobacco is stealing a march on alcohol

REMEMBER Benson & Hedges? British American Tobacco (BAT) SA in 2007 discontinued the gold-packeted cigarette and tried to shift smokers to a similar- tasting brand, Kent. To push the message, BAT used a clever tactic. The company covered Kent boxes in Benson & Hedges wrappers, so that people buying them opened the packet — to [...]

Is smoking ban in casinos inevitable?

Perhaps no executive understands the dilemma the Nevada gaming industry is facing over smoking in casinos better than Jeff Siri, CEO and president of the Club Cal Neva in downtown Reno. A few years ago, cancerous tumors were removed from his bladder. Siri, a nonsmoker, thinks they were caused by the second-hand smoke he had [...]

State Cigarette Excise Taxes

Increasing the price of cigarettes can reduce smoking substantially by discouraging initiation among youths and young adults, prompting quit attempts, and reducing average cigarette consumption among those who continue to smoke. Increasing cigarette excise taxes is one of the most effective tobacco control policies because it directly increases cigarette prices, thereby reducing cigarette use and [...]

Will New Smokeless Tobacco Products Cut or Boost the Smoking Rate?

With cigarette sales falling, the smoking industry is going smokeless. Companies like R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris are introducing new smokeless tobacco products that are nothing like your granddaddy’s messy chew or dip. The companies say these new products - one is called “snus” - help tide smokers over when they go to places where [...]

Michigan prepares to go smokeless

With less than a month before Michigan’s smoking ban goes into effect, the state isn’t sure who should enforce the law, and counties are warning it shouldn’t be them. The impasse comes as the state is fielding hundreds of calls from owners of restaurants to pool halls, even hookah bars, looking for clarity on how [...]

Presidential smoking = public health opportunity

President Barack Obama’s ongoing battle with cigarettes provides an enormous public health opportunity to do something to reduce the 400,000 American lives lost every year to smoking. But there is at least one big difference between Obama and most Americans when it comes to quitting: His access to enlightened medical advice helped him achieve and [...]

Obama signs bill restricting mail-order cigarette sales

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday signed legislation that bans the U.S. Postal Service from shipping cigarettes — a measure that’s expected to cripple the mail-order tobacco businesses run by members of the Seneca Nation of Indians. White House press secretary Robert L. Gibbs announced the signing in a brief statement that included no comment [...]

Smoking is a matter of choice

The pros and cons on “smoking is haram” is still being discussed in our country. The issue is not new. It is only a small part of the anti-smoking wave of the “first” world, which has been promoted for more than 50 years: protection of nonsmokers, health promotion, assistance for those who want to quit [...]

Fire Safe Cigarette Laws: More Harm than Good

Fire safe cigarettes or FSC laws seem like a great idea. The concept is that by making cigarettes less likely to burn, they are less likely to start fires, and laws requiring them would save lives. The state of New York adopted the first FSC (fire standards compliant) cigarette law. New York officials felt it [...]

Tax eyed after teen tobacco report

BOSTON - Massachusetts high school nurses say they have noticed fewer students smoking cigarettes. But, they can’t be sure if more are switching to smokeless tobacco as a substitute. “(There is) definitely less smoking that we can detect on their clothes,” said Marlborough High’s Virginia Gadbois, a school nurse since 1986, following the release earlier [...]

Tobacco Companies Defend Use of Menthol in Cigarettes

WASHINGTON—Officials from the top makers of menthol cigarettes defended their products Wednesday before a Food and Drug Administration panel that is trying to determine whether the cigarettes’ minty additive lures people into smoking and makes it harder for them to quit. Representatives of Altria Group Inc., Lorillard Inc. and Reynolds American Inc., citing public literature, [...]

Future of anti-smoking program unclear

Has Indiana been successful in cutting the rate of smoking in the past decade? It all depends on whom you ask. Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation staff point to data that suggest the smoking rate among adults is now 23.1 percent, the lowest it has been in a decade and just a tad higher than [...]

E-cigarettes: A true remedy to quit or teen marketing tool?

SACRAMENTO, CA - Electronic cigarettes are offering smokers a cleaner, greener alternative. And for some, the alternative takes them one step closer to kicking the habit all together. Ads for the “Smoking Everywhere” electronic cigarette claim the device “feels like a cigarette, looks like a cigarette, tastes like a cigarette.” “It’s a lot cheaper than [...]