Tobacco was first used by the peoples of the pre-Columbian Americas. Native Americans apparently cultivated the plant and smoked it in pipes for medicinal and ceremonial purposes.
The first successful commercial crop was cultivated in Virginia in 1612 by Englishman John Rolfe. Within seven years, it was the colony’s largest export. Over the next two centuries, the growth of tobacco as a cash crop fueled the demand in North America for slave labor. Cigar Tobacco Countries & Growing Regions
- Ramon Pane, a monk who accompanied Christopher Columbus to the Americas, is usually credited with introducing tobacco to Europe
- In ancient America, tobacco was chewed, drunk as tea, inhaled as a powder-like snuff, and consumed as a jelly—but smoking tobacco was by far the most popular.
- The Peruvian Aguaruna aboriginals would make hallucinogenic enemas using tobacco.
- Smoking tobacco was thought to cure syphilis in the mid-sixteenth century in Europe.
- Claims for the benefits of smoking in sixteenth-century England rested in large part on Galen’s (A.D. 129-200) theory of the four humors, which asserted that the body was composed of hot, cold, wet, and dry humors. Smoking was understood to heat and dry the body to a state of manly vigor.
- Smoking tobacco emerged from religious ceremonies in the Americas and was probably initially restricted to only shamans, priests, and medicine men. Both in ancient America and in sixteenth-century Europe, “holy smoke” from tobacco was thought to help cure illness and drive out evil spirits.
- The term “smoking” wasn’t established until the late seventeenth century. Before then, it was often referred to as “Dry Drunkenness.”
- European traders introduced tobacco to Asia and India by the mid-seventeenth century. In these countries, tobacco was often mixed with other leaves and spices and then smoked through a water pipe known as a hookah. The smoke was cooled, giving considerable relief in the hot climate.
- Women in the United States increasingly began smoking publicly in the 1920s when the cigarette was adopted by advertisers as a symbol of equality, rebellion, and women’s independence.k Currently.
- The Aztecs regarded tobacco as the incarnation of the goddess Cihuacoatl whose body, they believed, was composed of tobacco. Tobacco gourds and pouches were seen as symbols of divinity.
- Cigarettes are the most traded item in the world.
- Sir Walter Raleigh took his pipe with him to the scaffold when he was beheaded in 1618.
- The cigarette and cigar are recognized phallic symbols, and several Internet sites are devoted to smoking fetishisms.c Ironically, smoking has been directly linked to sexual impotence.
- In early Hollywood, directors used cigarette smoke to add atmosphere, mystery, and sensuousness to their films.c Tobacco firms also paid Hollywood to place cigarette products in popular movies in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.
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