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Tobacco Smoking

Do you know that tobacco is the common name of several plants in the Nicotiana genus and the Solanaceae (nightshade) family, and the general term for any product prepared from the cured leaves of the tobacco plant? More than 70 species of tobacco are known, but the chief commercial crop is N. tabacum. The more potent variant N. rustica is also used around the world (Wikipedia), Though illegal in many countries, just like its counterpart, cocaine, tobacco was once used as a trade item, it became so popular that the English colony of Jamestown used it as currency and began exporting it as a cash crop, it was also used socially and ceremonially such as to seal a peace treaty or trade agreement. According to research made by the web giant Wikipedia, the top three highest producers of tobacco is China followed by Brazil then India. The health uses of tobacco include but is not limited to heightened heart rate, alertness, mood stimulation. Tobacco smoking has also brought about health hazards e.g. lung cancer, its use according to studies has shown that tobacco smoking begins from adolescence due to peer pressure and by late twenties, when victims try stopping, the find it hard to. Its prohibition began in the year 1575 when a Roman Catholic Church forbade the use of tobacco in any church in Mexico. In 1604 King James I of England published an anti-smoking treatise, A Counterblast to Tobacco, that had the effect of raising taxes on tobacco. Russia banned tobacco for 70 years from 1627, and so the ban continued. Despite the negative reviews from tobacco use, studies still show that tobacco usage is still growing at an alarming rate, especially in African countries where law and order is alarmingly loose.  


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