When did Smoking Begin?

The first people to cultivate Tobacco and smoke it were the Indians of North and South America. When christoper Columbus and other early explorers came to America, they found the natives using Tabacco in many ways.

For example, they smoke a pipe also believed that tobacco had medicinal properties so they smoked to help protect themselves against disease. Tobacc pipe was introduced into Europe by Ralph Lane, the first governor of Virginia.

In 1586, he brought an Indian pipe to Sir Walter Raleigh and taught him how use it. By 1619, so many pipes were being made in London that the pipe makers of that city formed a guild. Today, of course, most Tobacco is smoked in the form of cigarettes.

Cigarette smoking is also quite old. The early Spanish. Cigarette smoking spread throughout countries near the Mediterranean and Black seas, especially in those areas under Turkish influence . The English army, fighting in Crimea during 1854-1856, discovered Turkish cigarettes and brought them back to London. A few years later, the first cigarette factory was opened in London.

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