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What we plan on picking today, Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The sweet corn we will be picking today is bi-color Mirai, white Mirai and a new bi-color sweet corn called Allure.

Today we will have half bushels of tomatoes for sale.  These are large, nice quality tomatoes and are ideal for slicing and for canning.  Since these half bushels of tomatoes weigh around 26 pounds that’s less than 39 cents a pound!

Today we will also have for sale our Flamin Fury PF17 peaches, Zestar, Earliblaze and Summer Treat apples, new patch of green beans, acorn, Heart-Of-Gold and spaghetti winter squash, watermelon, muskmelon, zucchini, yellow summer squash, pickling and slicing cucumbers, dill, Newaygo Sweet Onions, SunSugar cherry tomatoes, Our Little Red Tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cut sunflowers, sweet green bell and Jalapeno peppers, yellow and orange Super-Sweet peppers, new red potatoes and new Yukon Gold potatoes!    Visit our Arts and Craft Room for unique gourd art!

DAILY SPECIALS

SLICING TOMATOES: $5 a two quart tray (weighs 4-1/2 to 5 pounds, which comes to around a dollar a pound)

SLICING/CANNING TOMATOES: $10 A HALF BUSHEL (about 26 pounds)

NEWAYGO SWEET ONIONS: 1/4 peck for $3 and 1/2 peck for $5 (this is a great savings over buying them by the pound)

RIVERSIDE SWEET ONIONS (NOT AS SWEET AS NEWAYGO SWEET ONIONS BUT LONGER KEEPERS): 1/2 bushel (about 22 pounds) $12

JALAPENO PEPPERS: 1/4 PECK FOR $4

PICKLING CUCUMBERS: 36 for $6 (this will be our last week for this special and perhaps even for pickling cucumbers)

PECKS OF GREEN PEPPERS: $6

If you want to read the latest blog post seconds after it is published, don’t wait until you get a notice for it in your email.  Rather go to blog.magiclandfarms.com.  Book mark this URL to get there with a single click.

Keep in mind our Greenhouse is OPEN! You will find various plants and flowers and potted herbs including:

Hardy Pecan trees (Wisconsin strain)

Perennial Hollyhocks

Perennial Foxglove

Hardy Sempervivum aka Hens and Chicks

Sedum

Nasturtium Hanging Baskets

Morning Glories, individual and hanging baskets

Pink and Red Dianthus

Red Leafed Heuchera

Mexican Torch Sunflower

Hardy English Lavender

Hardy Salvia

Begonia

Echinacea aka Purple Coneflower

Moonflower

Hardy Blue Fescue Grass

Oxe-Eye Daisy

Noblessa Yarrow

Visit this link to see photos: http://www.pinterest.com/bfcreations/flowers-and-plants-available-at-magicland-farms-20

What we plan on picking today, Labor Day Monday, September 1, 2014

The sweet corn we will be picking today is bi-color Mirai and white Mirai.

Today we will have half bushels of tomatoes for sale.  These are large, nice quality tomatoes and are ideal for slicing or for canning.  Since these half bushels of tomatoes weigh around 26 pounds that’s less than 39 cents a pound!

Today we will also have for sale our Flamin Fury PF17 peaches,  Viking, Zestar, Earliblaze and Summer Treat apples, new patch of green beans, acorn, Heart-Of-Gold and spaghetti winter squash, watermelon, muskmelon, zucchini, yellow summer squash, pickling and slicing cucumbers, dill, Newaygo Sweet Onions, SunSugar cherry tomatoes, Our Little Red Tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cut sunflowers, sweet green bell and Jalapeno peppers, yellow and orange Super-Sweet peppers, new red potatoes and new Yukon Gold potatoes!    Visit our Arts and Craft Room for unique gourd art!

DAILY SPECIALS

SLICING TOMATOES: $5 a two quart tray (weighs 4-1/2 to 5 pounds, which comes to around a dollar a pound)

SLICING/CANNING TOMATOES: $12 A HALF BUSHEL (about 26 pounds)

NEWAYGO SWEET ONIONS: 1/4 peck for $3 and 1/2 peck for $5 (this is a great savings over buying them by the pound)

RIVERSIDE SWEET ONIONS (NOT AS SWEET AS NEWAYGO SWEET ONIONS BUT LONGER KEEPERS): 1/2 bushel (about 22 pounds) $12

JALAPENO PEPPERS: 1/4 PECK FOR $4

If you want to read the latest blog post seconds after it is published, don’t wait until you get a notice for it in your email.  Rather go to blog.magiclandfarms.com.  Book mark this URL to get there with a single click.

Keep in mind our Greenhouse is OPEN! You will find various plants and flowers and potted herbs including:

Hardy Pecan trees (Wisconsin strain)

Perennial Hollyhocks

Perennial Foxglove

Hardy Sempervivum aka Hens and Chicks

Sedum

Nasturtium Hanging Baskets

Morning Glories, individual and hanging baskets

Pink and Red Dianthus

Red Leafed Heuchera

Mexican Torch Sunflower

Hardy English Lavender

Hardy Salvia

Begonia

Echinacea aka Purple Coneflower

Moonflower

Hardy Blue Fescue Grass

Oxe-Eye Daisy

Noblessa Yarrow

Visit this link to see photos: http://www.pinterest.com/bfcreations/flowers-and-plants-available-at-magicland-farms-20

What we plan on picking today, Saturday, August 30, 2014

We will be picking three types of sweet corn today: bi-color Mirai, white Mirai and the last patch of our bi-color Bon Appetit.

Today we will have half bushels of tomatoes for sale.  These are large, nice quality tomatoes and are ideal for slicing or for canning.  Since these half bushels of tomatoes weigh around 26 pounds that’s less than 39 cents a pound!

Today we will also have for sale our Red Haven and Flamin Fury PF17 peaches,  Viking, Zestar, Earliblaze, Summer Treat and Paulared apples, acorn, Heart-Of-Gold and spaghetti winter squash, watermelon, muskmelon, zucchini, yellow summer squash, pickling and slicing cucumbers, dill, Newaygo Sweet Onions, SunSugar cherry tomatoes, Our Little Red Tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cut sunflowers, sweet green bell and Jalapeno peppers, yellow and orange Super-Sweet peppers, new red potatoes and new Yukon Gold potatoes!    Visit our Arts and Craft Room for unique gourd art!

KEEP IN MIND: WE ARE OPEN LABOR DAY MONDAY!

DAILY SPECIALS

SLICING TOMATOES: $5 a two quart tray (weighs 4-1/2 to 5 pounds, which comes to around a dollar a pound)

SLICING/CANNING TOMATOES: $10 A HALF BUSHEL (about 26 pounds), which is around 39 cents a pound!

NEWAYGO SWEET ONIONS: 1/4 peck for $3 and 1/2 peck for $5 (this is a great savings over buying them by the pound)

RIVERSIDE SWEET ONIONS (NOT AS SWEET AS NEWAYGO SWEET ONIONS BUT LONGER KEEPERS): 1/2 bushel (about 22 pounds) $12

JALAPENO PEPPERS: 1/4 PECK FOR $4

If you want to read the latest blog post seconds after it is published, don’t wait until you get a notice for it in your email.  Rather go to blog.magiclandfarms.com.  Book mark this URL to get there with a single click.

Keep in mind our Greenhouse is OPEN! You will find various plants and flowers and potted herbs including:

Hardy Pecan trees (Wisconsin strain)

Perennial Hollyhocks

Perennial Foxglove

Hardy Sempervivum aka Hens and Chicks

Sedum

Nasturtium Hanging Baskets

Morning Glories, individual and hanging baskets

Pink and Red Dianthus

Red Leafed Heuchera

Mexican Torch Sunflower

Hardy English Lavender

Hardy Salvia

Begonia

Echinacea aka Purple Coneflower

Moonflower

Hardy Blue Fescue Grass

Oxe-Eye Daisy

Noblessa Yarrow

Visit this link to see photos: http://www.pinterest.com/bfcreations/flowers-and-plants-available-at-magicland-farms-20

What we plan on picking today, Friday, August 29, 2014

We will be picking three types of sweet corn today: bi-color Mirai, white Mirai and the last patch of our bi-color Bon Appetit.

Today we will have half bushels of tomatoes for sale.  These are large, nice quality tomatoes and are ideal for slicing or for canning.  Since these half bushels of tomatoes weigh around 26 pounds that’s less than 39 cents a pound!

Today we will also have for sale our Red Haven peaches, Melba, Viking, Zestar, Earliblaze, Summer Treat and Paulared apples, acorn, Heart-Of-Gold and spaghetti winter squash, watermelon, muskmelon, zucchini, yellow summer squash, pickling and slicing cucumbers, dill, Newaygo Sweet Onions, SunSugar cherry tomatoes, Our Little Red Tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cut sunflowers, sweet green bell and Jalapeno peppers, yellow and orange Super-Sweet peppers, new red potatoes and new Yukon Gold potatoes!    Visit our Arts and Craft Room for unique gourd art!

DAILY SPECIALS

SLICING TOMATOES: $5 a two quart tray (weighs 4-1/2 to 5 pounds, which comes to around a dollar a pound)

SLICING/CANNING TOMATOES: $10 A HALF BUSHEL (about 26 pounds), which is around 39 cents a pound!

NEWAYGO SWEET ONIONS: 1/4 peck for $3 and 1/2 peck for $5 (this is a great savings over buying them by the pound)

RIVERSIDE SWEET ONIONS (NOT AS SWEET AS NEWAYGO SWEET ONIONS): 1/2 bushel (about 22 pounds) $12

JALAPENO PEPPERS: 1/4 PECK FOR $4

If you want to read the latest blog post seconds after it is published, don’t wait until you get a notice for it in your email.  Rather go to blog.magiclandfarms.com.  Book mark this URL to get there with a single click.

Keep in mind our Greenhouse is OPEN! You will find various plants and flowers and potted herbs including:

Hardy Pecan trees (Wisconsin strain)

Perennial Hollyhocks

Perennial Foxglove

Hardy Sempervivum aka Hens and Chicks

Sedum

Nasturtium Hanging Baskets

Morning Glories, individual and hanging baskets

Pink and Red Dianthus

Red Leafed Heuchera

Mexican Torch Sunflower

Hardy English Lavender

Hardy Salvia

Begonia

Echinacea aka Purple Coneflower

Moonflower

Hardy Blue Fescue Grass

Oxe-Eye Daisy

Noblessa Yarrow

Visit this link to see photos: http://www.pinterest.com/bfcreations/flowers-and-plants-available-at-magicland-farms-20

What we plan on picking today, Thursday, August 28, 2014

We will be picking three types of sweet corn today: bi-color Mirai, white Mirai and the last patch of our bi-color Bon Appetit.

Today we will have half bushels of tomatoes for sale.  These are large, nice quality tomatoes and are ideal for slicing or for canning.

Today we will also have for sale our Red Haven peaches, Melba, Viking, Zestar, Earliblaze, Summer Treat and Paulared apples, acorn, Heart-Of-Gold and spaghetti winter squash, watermelon, muskmelon, zucchini, yellow summer squash, pickling and slicing cucumbers, dill, Newaygo Sweet Onions, SunSugar cherry tomatoes, Our Little Red Tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cut sunflowers, sweet green bell and Jalapeno peppers, new red potatoes and new Yukon Gold potatoes!    Visit our Arts and Craft Room for unique gourd art!

DAILY SPECIALS

SLICING TOMATOES: $5 a two quart tray (weighs 4-1/2 to 5 pounds, which comes to around a dollar a pound)

SLICING/CANNING TOMATOES: $10 A HALF BUSHEL (about 26 pounds)

NEWAYGO SWEET ONIONS: 1/4 peck for $3 and 1/2 peck for $5 (this is a great savings over buying them by the pound)

RIVERSIDE SWEET ONIONS (NOT AS SWEET AS NEWAYGO SWEET ONIONS): 1/2 bushel (about 22 pounds) $12

If you want to read the latest blog post seconds after it is published, don’t wait until you get a notice for it in your email.  Rather go to blog.magiclandfarms.com.  Book mark this URL to get there with a single click.

Keep in mind our Greenhouse is OPEN! You will find various plants and flowers and potted herbs including:

Hardy Pecan trees (Wisconsin strain)

Perennial Hollyhocks

Perennial Foxglove

Hardy Sempervivum aka Hens and Chicks

Sedum

Nasturtium Hanging Baskets

Morning Glories, individual and hanging baskets

Pink and Red Dianthus

Red Leafed Heuchera

Mexican Torch Sunflower

Hardy English Lavender

Hardy Salvia

Begonia

Echinacea aka Purple Coneflower

Moonflower

Hardy Blue Fescue Grass

Oxe-Eye Daisy

Noblessa Yarrow

Visit this link to see photos: http://www.pinterest.com/bfcreations/flowers-and-plants-available-at-magicland-farms-20

What we plan on picking today, Wednesday, August 27, 2014

We will be picking three types of sweet corn today: bi-color Mirai, white Mirai and starting on the last patch of our bi-color Bon Appetit.

As mentioned in my post yesterday, we won’t have green beans today but hope to start picking our next patch of green beans tomorrow.  We will have a small quantity of yellow beans today.

Today we will also have for sale our Red Haven peaches, Melba, Viking, Zestar, Earliblaze, Summer Treat and Paulared apples, spaghetti squash, watermelon, muskmelon, beets, carrots, zucchini, yellow summer squash, pickling and slicing cucumbers, dill, Newaygo Sweet Onions, SunSugar cherry tomatoes, Our Little Red Tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cut sunflowers, sweet green bell and Jalapeno peppers, new red potatoes and new Yukon Gold potatoes!    Visit our Arts and Craft Room for unique gourd art!

DAILY SPECIALS

SLICING TOMATOES: $5 a two quart tray (weighs 4-1/2 to 5 pounds, which comes to around a dollar a pound)

NEWAYGO SWEET ONIONS: 1/4 peck for $3 and 1/2 peck for $5 (this is a great savings over buying them by the pound)

If you want to read the latest blog post seconds after it is published, don’t wait until you get a notice for it in your email.  Rather go to blog.magiclandfarms.com.  Book mark this URL to get there with a single click.

Keep in mind our Greenhouse is OPEN! You will find various plants and flowers and potted herbs including:

Hardy Pecan trees (Wisconsin strain)

Perennial Hollyhocks

Perennial Foxglove

Hardy Sempervivum aka Hens and Chicks

Sedum

Nasturtium Hanging Baskets

Morning Glories, individual and hanging baskets

Pink and Red Dianthus

Red Leafed Heuchera

Mexican Torch Sunflower

Hardy English Lavender

Hardy Salvia

Begonia

Echinacea aka Purple Coneflower

Moonflower

Hardy Blue Fescue Grass

Oxe-Eye Daisy

Noblessa Yarrow

Visit this link to see photos: http://www.pinterest.com/bfcreations/flowers-and-plants-available-at-magicland-farms-20

hat we are picking today, Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Until yesterday, except for Sundays, we have been picking green beans for sale every day since July 7! We have gone through five patches of green beans.  Thursday we hope to start the next patch of green beans and by next week we again should have plenty of green beans for sale.  Like yesterday, we will be picking today and tomorrow, small quantities of yellow beans.  It looks like starting on Monday, we may have good quantities of green beans until late September or frost, whichever comes first.

The sweet corn we have today will be bi-color Mirai and the first picking from the second patch of our famous white Mirai.  Tomorrow we will again also have Bon Appetit in addition to the bi-color and white Mirai.

Today we will have for sale our Red Haven peaches, Melba, Viking, Zestar and Paulared apples. We also will have spaghetti squash, watermelon, muskmelon, beets, carrots, zucchini, yellow summer squash, pickling and slicing cucumbers, dill, Newaygo Sweet Onions, SunSugar tomatoes, Our Little Red Tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cut sunflowers, sweet green bell and Jalapeno peppers, new red potatoes and new Yukon Gold potatoes!    Visit our Arts and Craft Room for unique gourd art!

DAILY SPECIALS

SLICING TOMATOES: $5 a two quart tray (weighs 4-1/2 to 5 pounds, which comes to around a dollar a pound)

NEWAYGO SWEET ONIONS: 1/4 peck for $3 and 1/2 peck for $5 (this is a great savings over buying them by the pound)

If you want to read the latest blog post seconds after it is published, don’t wait until you get a notice for it in your email.  Rather go to blog.magiclandfarms.com.  Book mark this URL to get there with a single click.

Keep in mind our Greenhouse is OPEN! You will find various plants and flowers and potted herbs including:

Hardy Pecan trees (Wisconsin strain)

Perennial Hollyhocks

Perennial Foxglove

Hardy Sempervivum aka Hens and Chicks

Sedum

Nasturtium Hanging Baskets

Morning Glories, individual and hanging baskets

Pink and Red Dianthus

Red Leafed Heuchera

Mexican Torch Sunflower

Hardy English Lavender

Hardy Salvia

Begonia

Echinacea aka Purple Coneflower

Moonflower

Hardy Blue Fescue Grass

Oxe-Eye Daisy

Noblessa Yarrow

Visit this link to see photos: http://www.pinterest.com/bfcreations/flowers-and-plants-available-at-magicland-farms-20

What we are picking today, Monday August 25, 2014

Today we plan on picking corn from three different patches: bi-color Mirai, bi-color Bon Appetit and our special white Mirai, which many think is the best tasting corn in existence. Since it is such a great tasting corn and many customers have been asking for it, we have made six plantings of this unbelievably delicious white corn. However, our supply of white Mirai today will be quite small.  We will be starting the next page of white Mirai on Wednesday.

We are done picking our early peaches and are starting to pick our Redhavens.

Today we will have for sale our Melba, Viking, Zestar and Paulared apples. We also will have spaghetti squash, watermelon, muskmelon, beets, carrots, zucchini, yellow summer squash, pickling cucumbers, dill, Newaygo Sweet Onions, SunSugar tomatoes, Our Little Red Tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cut sunflowers, sweet green bell and Jalapeno peppers, new red potatoes and new Yukon Gold potatoes!   Notice I didn’t mention beans.  Well, we hope to start our next patch of green beans later this week and today we hope today to have a small supply of yellow beans.  Visit our Arts and Craft Room for unique gourd art!

DAILY SPECIALS

SLICING TOMATOES: $5 a two quart tray (weighs 4-1/2 to 5 pounds, which comes to around a dollar a pound)

NEWAYGO SWEET ONIONS: 1/4 peck for $3 and 1/2 peck for $5 (this is a great savings over buying them by the pound)

If you want to read the latest blog post seconds after it is published, don’t wait until you get a notice for it in your email.  Rather go to blog.magiclandfarms.com.  Book mark this URL to get there with a single click.

Keep in mind our Greenhouse is OPEN! You will find various plants and flowers and potted herbs including:

Hardy Pecan trees (Wisconsin strain)

Perennial Hollyhocks

Perennial Foxglove

Hardy Sempervivum aka Hens and Chicks

Sedum

Nasturtium Hanging Baskets

Morning Glories, individual and hanging baskets

Pink and Red Dianthus

Red Leafed Heuchera

Mexican Torch Sunflower

Hardy English Lavender

Hardy Salvia

Begonia

Echinacea aka Purple Coneflower

Moonflower

Hardy Blue Fescue Grass

Oxe-Eye Daisy

Noblessa Yarrow

Visit this link to see photos: http://www.pinterest.com/bfcreations/flowers-and-plants-available-at-magicland-farms-20

What we plan on picking today, Thursday, August 21, 2014

Today we plan on picking corn from three different patches: bi-color Mirai, bi-color Montauk and our special white Mirai, which many think is the best tasting corn in existence. Since it is such a great tasting corn and many customers have been asking for it, we have made six plantings of this unbelievably delicious white corn.

Since this week we should have a good supply of bi-color sweet corn, we will be selling it by the bushel for $10 a bushel and if you buy 3 bushels or more the price is only $9 a bushel.  This is sweet corn picked the same day you purchase it and it is quite a saving over our regular price per dozen.  Sorry, our white Mirai corn is not included in this special price.

We are done picking our early peaches and are just starting to spot pick our mid season peaches such as our white fleshed Raritan Rose, our PF24C, as well as a few early ripening Redhavens.

Today we will also be picking our Melba and  Viking Summer apples as well as starting to pick our Zestar which most in our family think is the best tasting apple there is!  Too bad it has such a short season :( , We also will have spaghetti squash, green beans, watermelon, muskmelon, beets, carrots, zucchini, yellow summer squash, pickling cucumbers, dill, Newaygo Sweet Onions, SunSugar tomatoes, Our Little Red Tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cut sunflowers, sweet green bell and Jalapeno peppers, new red potatoes and new Yukon Gold potatoes!   Visit our Arts and Craft Room for unique gourd art!

DAILY SPECIALS

BI-COLOR SWEET CORN BY THE BUSHEL: $10 a bushel or 3 and more bushels for only $9 a bushel–number of ears in the bushel varies since the ear size varies!

SLICING TOMATOES: $5 a two quart tray (weighs 4-1/2 to 5 pounds, which comes to around a dollar a pound)

NEWAYGO SWEET ONIONS: 1/4 peck for $3 and 1/2 peck for $5 (this is a great savings over buying them by the pound)

If you want to read the latest blog post seconds after it is published, don’t wait until you get a notice for it in your email.  Rather go to blog.magiclandfarms.com.  Book mark this URL to get there with a single click.

Keep in mind our Greenhouse is OPEN! You will find various plants and flowers and potted herbs including:

Hardy Pecan trees (Wisconsin strain)

Perennial Hollyhocks

Perennial Foxglove

Hardy Sempervivum aka Hens and Chicks

Sedum

Nasturtium Hanging Baskets

Morning Glories, individual and hanging baskets

Pink and Red Dianthus

Red Leafed Heuchera

Mexican Torch Sunflower

Hardy English Lavender

Hardy Salvia

Begonia

Echinacea aka Purple Coneflower

Moonflower

Hardy Blue Fescue Grass

Oxe-Eye Daisy

Noblessa Yarrow

Visit this link to see photos: http://www.pinterest.com/bfcreations/flowers-and-plants-available-at-magicland-farms-20

Repeat on my posts on Tobacco and Cancers

The following post first appeared in my January 30, 2012 blog post

When I started growing tomatoes for sale, many years ago, I read quite a bit about tomato diseases.  While there are many diseases of tomatoes, the Tobacco Mosaic Virus Disease stood out in my mind because many experts mentioned that TMV (Tobacco Mosaic Virus), which is found in ALL tobacco products, can devastate tomato plants (and some other plants such as peppers and eggplants) and is especially damaging to young plants grown in greenhouses.  The potential for serious problems is so great that growers are cautioned to not let visitors enter their greenhouse if they smoked cigarettes, pipes or cigars recently.  This knowledge is what set my mind thinking…

Is the Common TMV (Tobacco Mosaic Virus) a Possible Agent that is Responsible for Some Lung, Oral and Throat Cancers?

 by

Tom Fox

 The TMV virus, which infects many tobacco plants, resists tobacco manufacturing processes to such a degree that most commercial growers will not allow those who have recently used tobacco products to enter their greenhouse if plants from the nightshade family (e.g. tomatoes and peppers) are growing.  Many growers also do not allow tobacco use in their tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant fields.  These growers know that the TMV from tobacco will devestate their crops.  While plant viruses, such as TMV, aren’t believed to be able to replicate in human cells,  Didier Raoult of the University of the Mediterranean in Marseilles, France,  believes he had found evidence in 2010 that the PMMV (Pepper Mild Mottle Virus) can cause fever, aches and itching in humans.  Raoult  doesn’t claim he discovered direct infection of human cells by the virus, but viral RNA (ribonucleic acid) accidental interfering with the human RNA.   The possibility of TMV being involved in the etiology of lung cancer has been discussed as long ago as 1960 when P.W. Bothwell (M.D. D.P.H. Univ. of Birmingham, England ) speculated in The Lancet that perhaps the combustion processes of tobacco burning might provide the media for modifying the TMV so that it could upset the normal RNA/protein mechanism in lung cells.  While this is an interesting hypothesis, it doesn’t seem to fit the likely scenario since it has been found that smokeless tobacco use, especially snuff dipping, is also associated with above normal oral cancer rates.   Alternatively, some may argue against TMV being involved in the etiology of smoking tobacco since, they argue, the high temperatures would destroy the viruses.  This is probably true.  However, the smoke that is drawn through the non-burning part of the tobacco could easily dislodge the viral particles from the tobacco and carry it to the user. In other words, the problem could be the non-burning part of the tobacco and not directly by the burning tobacco.

Research has indicated that Benzo[a]pyrene is a carcinogen and is found in tobacco smoke. Benzo[a]pyrene is also found in many foods such as overdone charcoal broiled steak and burnt toast.  Benzo[a]pyrene, found in tobacco smoke (including cigarette smoke), was shown to cause genetic damage in lung cells that was identical to the damage observed in the DNA of most malignant lung tumors.  Since DNA damage is believed to be the underlying cause of mutations leading to cancer, it follows that it is thought that benzo[a]pyrene, may be an important etiologic agent of lung cancer.  Nonetheless, the high oral cancer rate (especially cheek and gum cancers) among snuff dippers, compared to nontobacco users, implies that tobacco itself, and not just tobacco smoke, is a carcinogen.   The chemical family of nitrosomenes occurs in both tobacco smoke and tobacco itself.  In 1956, two British scientists, John Barnes and Peter Magee, reported that dimethylnitrosamine produced liver tumours in rats. Research was undertaken and approximately 90% of nitrosamine compounds were deemed to be carcinogenic.  The problem is that nitrosomenes are found in many foods and other consumables that are consumed by both tobacco and nontobacco users.  It seems logical to assume there is something unique to tobacco that is the cause of enormously high (some data suggests a 50 fold increase!) cheek and gum cancer rates in those people who are long term snuff dippers.  While some data suggests that nitrosamines may be responsible for this increase — the Swedish usually use a pasteurizing technique, (instead of heat treating it) of curing the tobacco for snuff use (they call it snus) which results in lower nitrosamines and apparently lower cancer rate.  However, it is just possible that this unique curing technique also results in damaging or even destroying the tobacco’s TMV.  The traditional heat treatment of curing tobacco does not destroy the TMV since this method uses a maximum temperature of 72C and it is known that TMV can survive at a temperature as high as 79C.  While nitrosamines, like TMV, do contact the cells of both smokers and nonsmokers, Health New Zealand concluded, in their study, that carcinogens and toxicants were present only below harmful levels in “smokeless” tobacco products.  This data seems to point to an unknown etiologic agent that is responsible for most tobacco related cancers.  Logically, this points to the need for serious studies to determine if TMV could be this unknown etiologic agent.  If it is, the risk associated with the use of tobacco products could be reduced by the removal of or destruction of the TMV before use.

I am not implying here with this discussion that TMV can replicate itself in a human cell or that it is infectious in a manner similar to the influenza virus.  In a way it might be appropriate to think of TMV as an environmental, natural occurring chemical that when in sufficient concentrations can damage human cell’s DNA.  Also possible is that the TMV can affect negatively the cell’s DNA repair enzymes.

One test of this theory is to eliminate the TMV by heating the tobacco to temperatures in excess of 81C.  Sterilization via irradiation is another option. The TMV eliminated tobacco can then be available for research trials.  Before this is done, however, the Swedish Snus should be tested for active TMV.  If there is a reduction in TMV levels this would seem to indicate an increase in probability that TMV is an important etiological agent for cancer and it would be fitting and proper to go ahead with the appropriate trials.