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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House Passes Tobacco Bill, but Senate Battle Looms

he House of Representatives passed legislation by a wide margin on Thursday to give the Food and Drug Administration sweeping new powers over tobacco products, which kill an estimated 400,000 Americans each year.
Despite the 298-to-112 House vote, though, a closer battle is likely in the Senate between public health advocates and some tobacco industry supporters. [...]

Local courts to consider smoking violations break law

A memo from South Carolina’s top judge said any courts created to consider violations of local ordinances like smoking bans are illegal under the state’s Constitution, an edict that has some municipal officials wondering how they should deal with violators.
“The courts are purportedly established for the purpose of hearing smoking infractions, as well as various [...]

Fight in Wyoming against smoking in restaurants and bars

For two years, a fight has been ongoing in Wyoming, to ban smoking from restaurants and bars .
County commissioners voted to institute a cigarettes ban. The conclusion was made to not allow smoking in  restaurants, bars or within 20 feet of public buildings.
Those in attendance cheered the decision. Many in the community also felt that [...]

Lay off smokes, hit beer instead

New Jersey’s experience with a $2.57-per-pack cigarette tax should be a reality check for all Wisconsin legislators.
Based on the New Jersey outcome, Gov. Jim Doyle’s proposal to raise the state cigarette tax by an additional 75 cents to $2.52 per pack — plus enact higher tax rates on other tobacco products — means Wisconsin will [...]

Rolly: What webs these legislative lobbyists weave

Last week I noted in this space that while Utah is among the states with the highest taxes on alcohol, it is in the bottom third in taxing cigarettes. And legislators continue to balk at any hike on cigarette levies while personally eschewing the tobacco habit because of their religion.
This week, I offer a suggestion [...]

Governor cigarette tax hike draws fire

A massive state budget plan rolled out Tuesday by Gov. Bev Perdue contains much to digest, but various state and local officials wasted no time in criticizing one of its key proposals, a $1-per-pack cigarette tax hike.
That state increase would come on the heels of a federal cigarette tax hike from 39 cents to $1.01 [...]

Senecas to stop selling cigarettes that fail to meet fire safety standards

Cigarettes that fail to meet fire-safe standards will no longer be sold by Seneca Nation smoke shops, a change that likely will affect millions of cigarettes sold each year by the several hundred Indian retailers operating on the tribe’s reservations.
The new edict, approved by the Seneca Tribal Council, comes a week after The Buffalo News, [...]

Two members of the Hells Angels suspects in contraband tobacco ring

Two members of the Hells Angels were yesterday targeted across the province as the RCMP rounded up suspects in contraband tobacco ring.
They said that the group bought cigarettes produced on the Kahnawake and distributed them in the Quebec City region while using violence and intimidation to collect money and establish their turf.
Dumas, a founding member [...]

Massachusetts smokers can use a consumer protection law to sue Philip Morris

The state’s highest court ruled Monday that Massachusetts smokers can use a consumer protection law to sue Philip Morris Inc. for the way it marketed Marlboro Lights.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling — which closely mirrored a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in December — means a class-action lawsuit brought by smokers who claim [...]

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