11 Facts About Tobacco


Tobacco is the common name of several plants in the genus Nicotiana of the family Solanaceae, and the general term for any product prepared from the cured leaves of these plants.

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Tobacco contains the highly addictive stimulant alkaloid nicotine as well as harmala alkaloids.

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Tobacco use is a cause or risk factor for many deadly diseases, especially those affecting the heart, liver, and lungs, as well as many cancers.

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Tobacco became so popular that the English colony of Jamestown used it as currency and began exporting it as a cash crop; tobacco is often credited as being the export that saved Virginia from ruin.

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Tobacco has been a major cash crop in Cuba and in other parts of the Caribbean since the 18th century.

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Tobacco is cultivated annually, and can be harvested in several ways.

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India's Tobacco Board is headquartered in Guntur in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

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Tobacco production requires the use of large amounts of pesticides.

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Tobacco companies recommend up to 16 separate applications of pesticides just in the period between planting the seeds in greenhouses and transplanting the young plants to the field.

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Tobacco has played a pioneering role in callus culture research and the elucidation of the mechanism by which kinetin works, laying the groundwork for modern agricultural biotechnology.

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Tobacco is consumed in many forms and through a number of different methods.

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