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Photo of tobacco plants with and without pollen.

Sep 15, 2023

No Pollen, No Seeds: Genome Editing Technique Yields Useful Traits

Tweaks to the mitochondrial genome hold the potential for better hybrid seed production or to introduce seedless fruits. 

tobacco plants in the field

Jul 12, 2021

New Technique Reduces Nicotine Levels, Harmful Compounds Simultaneously in Tobacco

Four carcinogenic compounds in tobacco were reduced in experiments. 

Insects on a tobacco leaf.

Aug 8, 2019

Tobacco Plant ‘Stickiness’ Aids Helpful Insects, Plant Health

Sticky plants can have mutually beneficial relationships with opportunistic insects, like the one between tobacco and the spined stilt bug. 

May 4, 2017

Organic Tobacco: Better Ways to Get Off to a Good Start

Interest in organic tobacco farming has been growing in recent years, and at NC State University, researchers are taking the guessing game out of one of the most important steps in production: how best to fertilize seedlings. 

May 4, 2011

Annual Enrollment Requires Action

Don't miss annual enrollment beginning May 9. For the first time, members must attest that they (and their dependents) have a body mass index under 40 or join an approved weight program. Use our handy BMI calculator. 

Apr 8, 2010

Benefits Blitz

Benefits specialists are wrapping up a final blitz, contacting employees who have not visited the online portal to fill out a tobacco attestation – a new requirement this year. 

Mar 4, 2010

Breaking the Habit

Changes to the State Health Plan have given employees like Blake Kannarr new reasons to break the smoking habit. 

Oct 22, 2009

More Response to SHP Changes

More letters from Bulletin readers on the upcoming changes to the State Health Plan. 

Oct 15, 2009

Response to SHP Changes

In our Oct. 8 issue, we ran an article on changes to the State Health Plan that may reduce coverage for people who smoke or have a high body mass index. Readers responded with questions and comments about the new regulations and their personal experiences with the health plan. Here’s a sample of the letters… 

Oct 8, 2009

Smoke and Mirrors

The Bulletin takes an in-depth look at the changes to the State Health Plan that could result in reduced coverage for some employees.