You know about the history of TOBACCO

We don’t know with confidence which of the nation was first used tobacco. The old countries Egypt, China, Syria have no references in their literature or inscriptions to the use of the herb. The first contact that Englishmen made with users of the “weed” was when Elizbethsn sailors visited South America and found the inhabitants using the leaves to smoke in stone pipes. Raleigh brought some home, it is said and he used it privately. Once a servant coming in quietly happens to see smoke arising from his masters mouth, quickly threw water over him.

Tobacco is a plant with broad green leaves, and grows in warm temperate climates. The best varieties come from North America, in particular from the state of Virginia. The use of tobacco is almost general in Western Europe. The revenue from the taxation of tobacco in Britain produces hundreds of millions of pounds. It is used in France, in Russia, in every European country. Some use it in pipes, other prefer cigarettes or cigars.

Tobacco produces a fragrant smoke, and one of the products of tobacco smoke is nicotine. This is a poison, which if insufficient quantities, would destroy life. It is used sometimes in spray to kill insects in gardens. In tobacco smoking, there is very little, but it is enough to affect the nerves. Strangely enough, it seems first to upset the nervous system and then to soothe it. It is like alcohol, in that a little of the poison on the previous day. But moderate smoking has less effect.

On the credit side, to smoke a little is a comfort to a tired man; it has a soothing mental effect and helps him to forget the troubles of the day. Whether it is the expensive cigar of the rich man, imported from Manila or Havana, or the rough “didi” of the villager, tobacco has an appeal for all classes. It is merely a habit, and the man who has never smoked does not understand the desire to smoke. On the whole, tobacco is not a good investment for money in times when food and clothes are scarce and we are inclined to think that Raleigh didn’t do a good turn when he brought it to the west.

 By Rehana khan(111/10)


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