Medicine: Indian Tobacco v. Tobacco

MEDICINE Indian Tobacco v. Tobacco

A Spanish physician whom American Indians taught to smoke tobacco introduced that indigenous American plant to Europe in 1558. Sir Walter Raleigh, whom Sir Francis Drake taught to smoke a pipe in 1586, made smoking fashionable in Elizabethan England. Now the tobacco habit is so deeply fixed among mankind that U. S. consumers alone last year bought 134,607,741,257 cigarets, 4,763,883.947 cigars, 95,875 tons of pipe tobacco, 18,030 tons of snuff. That smoking is not injurious to the vast majority of smokers is attested by the microscopic size of...

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