tobacco virus

Asked July 27, 2015, 12:33 PM EDT

so can this be transmitted from cigarettes? can it be transmitted from plastic containers that you purchase loose tobacco in? we live in northern BC and have a community greenhouse and the volunteers are anxious about this issue. thanks for any help or direction. s

Outside United States viruses tobacco horticulture

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There are several viruses which can infect tobacco. Most are vectored by insect pest and are not easily spread mechanically. However there is a virus, called Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) which can be spread mechanically through touch or physical movement of tobacco residue. TMV infects a wide host range of plants, including plants in the tomato family. For this reason, it is not recommended to smoke in a greenhouse or handle tobacco products in a greenhouse. Workers should wash their hands after handling tobacco products and before entering the greenhouse. The risk of spreading tobacco mosaic virus through cigarettes or containers is relatively low, but still possible. For more information on tobacco mosaic virus, see: http://extension.psu.edu/pests/plant-diseases/all-fact-sheets/tobacco-mosaic-virus-in-greenhouses