Uses of the
The tobacco plant
has been grown and cultivated for use since the beginning of civilization.
Early indians that inhabited the Americas used tobacco for both medicinal and
ceremonial purposes. Eventually, the use of tobacco became wide spread and was
used by people world wide. The use of tobacco remains prevalent today.
The Tobacco Plant
This tall leafy
plant is an agricultural product used for smoking and chewing. This plant
naturally grows in the north, central and south American region, but it is now
grown and cultivated all over the world. Tobacco is a seasonal crop that is
sold in dried, cured and natural forms. The leaves are the most important part
of the tobacco plant. Tobacco leaves can vary in size and shape, but the leaves
that are distributed are generally all around the same size. Tobacco is one of
largest cash crops cultivated world
wide. The revenue from tobacco products is among the highest crops sold world
wide.The use of tobacco leads to nicotine exposure. Nicotine is a highly
addictive substance. it is absorbed into a users bloodstream when they smoke or
chew it. The nicotine acts like a stimulant and this gives its users an
abundance of extra energy. the nicotine form tobacco entering the bloodstream
also creates a dependance by the body for the nicotine.
Tobacco has been
used primarily for the purpose of recreational smoking or chewing for thousands
of years. Tobacco can be rolled in to cigarettes, cigars or placed in a pipe or hookah for smoking. It can be also be dipped, chewed or sniffed. Smoking has
always been the primary use of the tobacco plant. Native Americans who
cultivated the tobacco plant used the leaves for smoking during ceremonies.
They also smoked tobacco for medicinal purposes. Tobacco being a stimulant made its use in
Native American medicine natural. Indians used tobacco to reduce swelling, heal
wounds, ease pain and to sooth the stomach.
The Dangers of
apparent very quickly that smoking tobacco was addictive. However, the dangers
of smoking tobacco were not discovered until later. Tobacco users are at a
greater risk for smoking related illnesses and over 50% of tobacco users will
die of tobacco related disease. Almost
90% of all the patients who are diagnosed with lung cancer are or were smokers.
Unfortunately, lung cancer is the most deadly form of cancer. That being said,
lung cancer is also the most preventable. Smoking can also contribute to a host
of other smoking related illnesses. Heart disease, lung disease, emphysema,
asthma, high blodd pressure, heart attack, gum disease and a variety of other
cancers and illnesses. Additionally, the second hand smoke created by smoking
tobacco is dangerous for those who inhale it, even if they are non-smokers.
Every year close to 3,000 people in the United States alone die from lung
cancer caused by second hand smoke that they have been exposed to.