Tobacco: Injurious to Health!


Nowadays, tobacco use is increasing too much. It is the main cause of cancer as it triggers the cancerous cells. The leaves of tobacco plant help in the production of this product by curing them. The plant is part of the genus Nicotiana and of the Solanaceae (nightshade) family. There are more than 70 species of Tobacco. The chief commercial crop is N.Tabacum.

An Invitation to Death

It contains the alkaloid nicotine, which is a stimulant. Dried tobacco leaves are mainly used for smoking cigarettes and cigar. Its use is a risk factor for many diseases, especially those affecting the heart, liver, and lungs, as well as many cancers. In 2008, the World Health Organization named tobacco as the world’s single greatest preventable cause of death.

Major Uses of Tobacco

Cuban Cigars
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It has long been used in the Americas, with some cultivation sites in Mexico dating back to 1400–1000 BC. Many Native American tribes have traditionally grown and used it. Eastern North American tribes historically carried it in pouches as a readily accepted trade item, as well as smoking it, both socially and ceremonially, such as to seal a peace treaty or trade agreement. Tobacco smoking, chewing, and snuffing became a major industry in Europe and its colonies by 1700. It has been a major cash crop in Cuba and in other parts of the Caribbean since the 18th century. Cuban cigars are world-famous.In the late 19th century, cigarettes became popular. James Monsack created a machine that automated cigarette production. This increase in production allowed tremendous growth in this industry until the health revelations of the late-20th century.

From Cultivation to Advertising

The cultivation of this product is similar to other agricultural products. Seeds were at first quickly scattered onto the soil. However, young plants came under increasing attack from flea Beatles. It is cultivated annually. There are several ways for harvesting. The Oldest method is still in use. The entire plant is harvested at once by cutting off the stalk at the ground with a tobacco knife. It is then speared onto sticks, four to six plants a stick and hung in a curing barn.

Tobacco Advertisement
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Advertising of its products by the tobacco industry is through a variety of media, including sponsorship, particularly of sporting events. This type of Marketing is highly in regulation. There are many countries which have made a ban on advertising of tobacco. It is not a consumable item as it is very dangerous to our health. 

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