for the plant genus, see nicotiana. for the american electronic musician, see tobacco (musician).
not to be confused with tabacco or tabasco.
agricultural product processed from the leaves of plants in genus nicotiana
tobacco flakes, sliced from pressed plugs
part(s) of plant
ca: unscheduled. 18+ (federal)
uk: 16+ (public possession) 18+ (purchase)
us: 21+ (federal)
see tobacco control
tobacco drying kiln in myrtleford, victoria, australia, 2018. this kiln was built in 1957, and moved to rotary park in 2000. kilns of this structure were made from the early 1930s through to the late 1960s.
basma tobacco leaves drying in the sun at pomak village in xanthi, greece
tobacco is the common name of several plants in the nicotianagenus and the solanaceae (nightshade) family, and the general term for any product prepared from the curedleaves of the tobacco plant. more than 70 species of tobacco are known, but the chief commercial crop is n. tabacum. the more potent variant n. rustica is also used around the world.
tobacco contains the highly addictive stimulantalkaloidnicotine as well as harmala alkaloids. dried tobacco leaves are mainly used for smoking in cigarettes and cigars, as well as pipes and shishas . they can also be consumed as snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco and snus.
tobacco use is a cause or 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 use as the world's single greatest preventable cause of death.
Tobacco drying kiln in Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia, 2018. This kiln was built in 1957, and moved to Rotary Park in 2000. Kilns of this structure were made from the early 1930s through to the late 1960s.