Tobacco is cultivated just like many other agricultural products. To protect from insect infestation, seeds are sown in hotbeds or cold frames.
There are many different tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, harm reduction cigarettes, and electronic cigarettes, and nicotine replacement products. Examples of nicotine replacement products are nicorette gum, microtabs, nasal spray, inhaler and nicotine fruit gum.
There are many health risks associated with the consumption of tobacco. These diseases include heart attacks, strokes, and cancer of the lungs, mouth, larynx and pancreas.
Smoking bans in the United States vary from state to state. Most workplaces, bars and restaurants prohibit smoking on the premises.
In the developed world, smoking has declined as a result of health warnings, increased awareness, and changes in advertising and marketing. Tobacco companies are responding by adjusting their strategies and transforming their image. Some of the major tobacco companies are the Altria Group, the R.J. Reynolds Company, and the Lorillard Tobacco Company.