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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Commonwealth Brands Shocked by FDA Rules

The U.S tobacco giants barely managed to celebrate their victory against Native American online tobacco sellers, after the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act was approved by the Congress, when the US Food & Drug Administration spoiled the festivity by introducing new rules, rigorous and excessive. Commonwealth Brands Inc., the fourth biggest tobacco company across [...]

The FDA gets into the business of regulating tobacco today

The regulation of tobacco is now a reality. Today marks the first public meeting of the Food and Drug Administration’s advisory panel set up to deal with complex scientific issues involving tobacco. Last year, legislation was enacted that for the first time authorized the FDA to regulate cigarettes and other tobacco products. One of its [...]

Cannabis breaks the age barrier

Its name might be its strongest asset: The Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act, a marijuana legalization effort that goes out of its way not to say the word “marijuana.” I suspect its organizers learned something from the failure of predecessors — like the Inalienable Rights Enforcement Initiative, a name that sounds like it was [...]

Smokeless tobacco more popular among young people than cigarettes

BOSTON — Some 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, after the release earlier [...]

F.D.A. to Examine Menthol Cigarettes

For the cigarette industry, the menthol debate is about to flare up again. The new federal advisory board for tobacco regulation plans to meet for the first time Tuesday in Washington. Topping the agenda is one of the most contentious, and racially charged, health issues that Congress deferred last year when it empowered the Food [...]

Junk food is as addictive as heroin and cigarettes

American researchers found burgers, chips and sausages programmed a human brain into craving even more sugar, salt and fat laden food. Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida found laboratory rats became addicted on a bad diet just like people who became dependent on cocaine and heroin. While the findings cannot be directly transferred [...]

British American Tobacco predicts global cigarette consumption to stay stable

British American Tobacco (BAT) on Friday forecast that the world’s consumption of cigarettes was likely to remain fairly stable at 6 trillion cigarettes a year, one-third of which are sold in China. The cigarette company, responsible for the Dunhill, Kent and Lucky Strike brands, plans to ensure it is well-placed to meet the needs of [...]

Tobacco Control Act

The Tobacco Control Act 2009 (Act) criminalises the act of smoking in specified areas. The act of smoking is not, in itself, illegal. The aim of this article is to identify the areas where smoking is not allowed; identify the potential consequences of breaking the law, and clarify some of the provisions in the act. [...]

Scientists look to tobacco as a potential biofuel

RICHMOND, Va. — Some researchers say an age-old cash crop long the focus of public health debate could be used to help solve the nation’s energy crisis, by genetically modifying the tobacco leaf for use as a biofuel. The golden leaf is the latest in a series of possible biofuels like switchgrass and algae that [...]

Ferrari Finds Smoke Without Fire

Racing fans got a good look at Ferrari’s new Formula One cars in the opening Grand Prix of the 2010 season in Bahrain: In one of the dullest races in recent memory, Fernando Alonso completed 49 laps without incident to take the checkered flag, with teammate Felipe Massa close behind. But as television cameras follow [...]

Passiv Smoking and Children

Smoke-free legislation in the UK has been a success. Making enclosed public places smoke-free has proved highly popular, achieved widespread compliance, improved indoor air quality, and reduced passive smoke exposure. Most businesses, including those in the hospitality trade, have adapted successfully to the legislation. The health benefits, particularly in terms of reductions in acute cardiovascular [...]

All 50 states passe fire-safe cigarette legislation

“Fire Safe” cigarettes, hailed by the fire prevention organization the National Fire Protection Authority as an effective fire prevention tool, will be sold in all 50 states by July 2011 per recent. Fire safe cigarettes have extra sections of paper lining along the cigarette that put a cigarette out if not regularly smoked. The extra [...]

California to Decide on Legalizing Marijuana

California voters will decide this November whether to legalize and regulate adult recreational use of marijuana. The secretary of state on Wednesday certified that a Bay Area-based effort to put the issue on the ballot has collected enough signatures to do so. If passed, California would have the most comprehensive laws on legal marijuana in [...]

Half of states ban tobacco use in prisons

A month before Virginia banned smoking in its prisons, Warden Daniel Braxton decided to kick his own 50-year smoking habit. “I figured I’d be a good role model,” said Braxton of Augusta Correctional Center in Craigsville, Va. A growing number of states are cracking down on tobacco use on prison grounds to prevent illness and [...]

Lorillard Tobacco’s Principal Scientist to Represent Tobacco Industry

GREENSBORO, N.C., - Lorillard Tobacco Company (NYSE: LO) today issued the following statement after notification that Dr. J. Daniel Heck, the company’s principal scientist, will serve as a non-voting representative of the tobacco manufacturing industry on the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration. “With the full membership of the Tobacco [...]

E-Cigarette: Help or Hinder for Smoking Cessation?

It relies on electricity, batteries and liquid nicotine instead of matches, fire and tobacco and is starting to creep up in various areas as an alternative to regular cigarettes but is it really healthier than regular cigarettes? While the industry that makes them touts their healthier qualities the e-cigarette may not be all that it’s [...]

Effects of Passive Smoking on the Young

More than 22,000 children seek medical help for asthma and wheezing as a result of passive smoking every year, according to the first UK assessment of the impact of second-hand smoke. The 200-page report on the health impacts of passive smoking on children, and the costs to the NHS, concludes that it is responsible for [...]

Imperial Tobacco Sees Weaker Volumes on Eastern Europe, U.S.

Imperial Tobacco Group said it sees a 4% drop in cigarette volumes in the first half of the year due to supply disruption in the Middle East and certain weak markets. In a trading statement, the company, however, confirmed that its overall performance and financial position for the year ending September 30 remain in line [...]

Non-smokers’ lung cancer gene found

“People who contract lung cancer and who have never smoked appear to have a genetic variation in common that predisposes them to the disease,” The Times reported. It said researchers have found that a gene called GPC5 is more common in non-smokers with lung cancer than non-smokers without the disease. The news story reports a [...]

Reynolds’ Ivey Made $16.2 Million in 2009

Reynolds American Inc. CEO Susan M. Ivey made $16.2 million last year, about 84 percent more than the previous year as the nation’s second-biggest tobacco company struggled with declines in cigarette demand, according to a calculation by The Associated Press based on government filings. Last year, the maker of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, and [...]

New Study Shows Smoking in Movies Prompts Smokers to Immediately Smoke

WASHINGTON, - A new and groundbreaking study to be published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine next week shows that young adult smokers will light up immediately after watching smoking in movies. The study is the first of its kind to directly link smoking scenes in movies to actual and immediate smoking behavior. Researchers [...]

Tax-free tobacco a health concern

The proliferation of tax-free tobacco products on reserves will be addressed in next week’s provincial budget, Premier Brad Wall said in a speech Wednesday. In his “state of the province” address to the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce at TCU Place, Wall said the province needs to take some steps to reduce tobacco use and cited [...]

Duty free tobacco ban talks stall during WHO meeting

SWITZERLAND. Planned talks over the proposed World Health Organization (WHO) ban on duty free tobacco sales failed to materialise during the WHO treaty negotiations in Geneva on INB4 – the Protocol that aims to stamp out the illicit trade in tobacco – which concluded yesterday. No agreement was reached on the overall protocol, while the [...]

Turning up the heat on Big Tobacco

As delegates from Nigeria and 167 other countries reach the mid-point in their final round of negotiations on a protocol to the global tobacco treaty aiming to curb tobacco smuggling, nongovernmental organisations from the Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals are urging governments to stand firm in their progress toward a ban on duty free [...]

FDA Strengthens Legislation to Limit Tobacco Marketing

The US Food and Drug Administration has been empowered by a Supreme Court ruling to allow the agency to regulate tobacco products, signed into law last June by President Obama. With the ruling set to take effect June 22, 2010, the FDA is strengthening the rules across the nation to limit the marketing and sale [...]

Indonesia, President Obama and tobacco

The controversy over smoking in Indonesia is heating up coincidentally with the visit of US President Barack Obama. He couldn’t possibly have learnt that in school in Jakarta! According to his recent medical check up both his doctor and wife are concerned with his smoking. A Singapore paper has criticized him, while two articles in [...]

Smoke and mirrors in Georgia

Georgia is facing a budget gap estimated at close to $1 billion, which means smokers can likely count on paying more tax on their cigarettes. Slapping smokers with a heavier tax burden is a favorite pastime of state and federal government these days. Georgia increased its per-pack tax by 25 cents in 2003, from 12 [...]

FDA Restricts Access and Marketing of Tobacco Products to Youth

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule containing a broad set of federal requirements designed to significantly curb access to and the appeal of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products to children and adolescents in the United States. Published March 19, 2010, the new rule becomes effective June 22, 2010, and has the [...]

Seneca Leaders Call on President Obama to Protect Rights of Native Americans

CATTARAUGUS TERRITORY, - The Seneca Nation of Indians today denounced the U.S. House of Representatives approval of the PACT (Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking) Act as a blatant attack on Native American Treaty Rights. If signed into law by President Obama, the PACT Act will bar Native American tobacco businesses from using the U.S. Postal Service [...]

U.S. Youth Likely To Face Greater Health Issues

Americans are not only getting fatter, but they’re still smoking and they’re not exercising enough. Every few years the federal government releases the findings of its survey of health behaviors among U.S. adults. This year’s report covers 2005 to 2007 — and it’s not really good news. “Stubborn” is how Charlotte Schoenborn describes the health [...]