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Argentine farmers won't kick tobacco habit

Aregentina has joined the list of nations cracking down on smoking and its tobacco.  The country's farmers have long been encouraged to replace at least some of their tobacco crops with alternatives ranging from pigs to pine trees.

But in regions like the verdant province of Misiones, tobacco is still the most profitable crop for small farmers, and growing tobacco lets them join a union that gives them health insurance and the power to negotiate better prices with tobacco companies.

Reuters reports.

Posted by Cynthia on November 3, 2006 at 08:12 AM in Argentina, Licensing and Legislation, Tobacco | Permalink