A broad-leafed vine, indigenous to North America, whose dried and cured leaves are often smoked in the form of a cigar or cigarette, or in a smoking pipe. Tobacco is also chewed, "dipped" (placed between the cheek and gum), and consumed as snuff.
Tobacco contains nicotine, a mild stimulant that is highly addictive. All of the mentioned means of consuming tobacco result in the absorbtion of nicotine in varying amounts into the user's bloodstream.
- more biology of the plant - growing conditions, etc.
- medical - epidemiology of lung cancer, why it's carcinogenic, more on nicotine & addictiveness
- how is it cured/prepared for different uses?
- what the hell is snuff?
- history - tobacco trade, triangular trade, role in development of the american south
- contemporary politics - anti-tobacco lawsuits & legislation