Tobacco wasinitially used by pre-Columbian Native Americans, who smoked it in pipes andeven used it for hallucinogenic purposes in shamanic rituals. ChristopherColumbus was given tobacco by natives and introduced it Europe when he returnedfrom North America. However, tobacco did not become widely used inEurope until the middle of the 16th century, when explorers and diplomats suchas France’s Jean Nicot (for whom nicotine was named) popularized its use. Tobacco was introduced to France in 1556, Portugal in 1558, Spain in1559, and England in 1565. Initially, tobacco was produced for pipesmoking, chewing and snuff. Cigarettes were made in a crude, hand-rolled formsinceContinue reading… Are There Safe Cigarettes?