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Researchers from the Central Tobacco Research Institute (CTRI) near Mysore claim that organically grown tobacco contains fewer harmful substances than its conventional peer.

CTRI’s startling revelations come at a time when the World Health Organization (WHO) is pressurizing the Union Government, which is a signatory to the Framework Convention Tobacco Control, to discourage cultivation of tobacco on account of its harmful effects.


Head of CTRI, M.M. Shenoi was quoted that CTRI research proved that organically grown Flue Cured Variety tobacco, used in cigarettes, contained fewer harmful substances such as nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide.

“It is possible to produce safe tobacco through organic farming,” Shenoi claims. He does add that the findings were only the “trends” of the research, which is expected to continue for two or three more years before a “conclusion” could be arrived at. “The findings are based on the first year’s trials. We are now in the second year of research. Only after continuing the research for two or three more years, will we be in a position to decide on the promotion of organic cultivation of tobacco among farmers,” Shenoi said.

While organic farming does promise to slash the content of harmful substances in tobacco, Shenoi concedes that the yield of tobacco would be decreased by about 35 per cent, in comparison to conventionally grown tobacco. Yet, he adds that research is on to reduce this gap of yield.

Benefits of Organic Tobacco Farming

Organic method of farming offers tremendous benefits - not only in the production of a truly natural tobacco product but also provides environmental benefits such as:

  • Reduced green house gas production.
  • Increased soil productivity.
  • Reduction of direct exposure to farmers of toxic chemicals.
  • Increased natural presence of beneficial (such as Lady Bugs; good bugs that come as nature’s own pest controllers).
  • Reduction of toxic waste that flows into streams and rivers.
  • The moisture that is reabsorbed into the atmosphere is cleaner.
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