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Tobacco as Medicine, Indian Research Institute Wins Patent

December 02, 2007 at 12:45 PM Drug News   - G J E 4
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Tobacco as Medicine, Indian Research Institute Wins Patent
Folk medicine has always found some therapeutic value in tobacco. Now the Central Tobacco Research Institute (CTRI) based in Guntur in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has bagged the patent rights for for 'solansole' (a medicine extracted from tobacco for use in the manufacture of cancer and cardiac drugs).

At the inaugural of the institute's diamond jubilee celebrations, Director V. Krishna Murthy Deputy, revealed that the patent was obtained in October last.

Already Chinese are breathing down the Indian neck, as it were. Nanjing Huaguan Development Of Biotechnology Co is into the export of solanesol, described in its promotional material as a key medical intermediate in the synthesis of cardiac drugs,anti-ulcer drugs and anti-cancer drugs. Obviously India has to race fast.

Assistant Director-General (Commercial Crops) of ICAR K.C. Jain, in his address, said that the alternative uses of tobacco should be increased in the coming years.

Inaugurating the celebrations, Director-General (Crop Science) of Indian Council for Agriculture Research, New Delhi, P.L. Gautam said: "May be tobacco is dangerous to health. But, it is having multi utilities and benefits being the most income-generating commercial crop that helps farmers in a big way."

Tobacco is an important commercial crop grown in the country. It occupies third position in the world with aproduction of about 680 Million Kgs. Of different types grown, flue-cured tobacco, country tobacco, burley, bidi, rustica and chewing tobacco are important. India, as an exporter of tobacco, ranks sixth in the world next to Brazil, China, USA, Malawi and Italy.

Tobacco and tobacco products earn a whopping sum of about Rs.7319 crores to the national exchequer in terms of excise revenue and foreign exchange of Rs.1362 Crores (2004-05). Furthermore, tobacco provides gainful employment to several lakhs of people who thrive on this weed crop.

Flue-cured growth, with a production of about 240 million Kgs, is the singular type which contributes huge amount of forex and excise earnings. More or less, 50% of the FCV tobacco produced is consumed domestically while the rest is exported to more than 100 countries across the globe. Other tobacco types viz., Burley, Country tobacco, Chewing tobaccos (Lal chopadia, Judi and Rustica) are also exported where as bidi tobacco - a poor man's smoke - is consumed within the country.

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Pharma has known this and puts out billions in grant money to influence legislation to tax smokers so much they can't afford the natural product and MUST use their brand of nicotine! Now they want the FDA to regulate natural supplements because they are not profiting from them! Good luck, because they will target this next!
marbee Friday, March 19, 2010
I believe tobacco as any other natural substance has its place in our world. The problem is that we've become obsessive and compulsive where many things are concerned. Food is killing people. Creature comforts are helping to destroy our values and our inviornment. It is our mis-use of many things that create problems. We must educate ourselves and by means of literature, history and our own amazing instinct. We have become very cluttered with non sense and very good at repeating whatever we've heard, truth or not. We have turned away from our very sources of life. We have disrespected our earth and each other. The air we breath and the water we drink puts us at risk of serious illness or even death. We have taken whole nutricious foods and refined them into poisens to our bodies. We are responsible for taking care of this planet and ourselves and each other. We are failing. My prayer is a divine intervention that will awaken in folks that which has been sleeping for oh too long...Love and Light to All.
summerwinds54 Sunday, November 29, 2009

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