Friday, July 24, 2009

History of Smoking

Smoking has been around since the 1000BC. It is said that by this time people started using tobacco plants for smoking and chewing and that the first people to start smoking were the Mayan cilization of the Americas. The first european smoker was Rodrigo de Jerez in 1493 who was arrested for smoking in public. In 1830, the first cuban cigars arrived in London. In 1832 the first paper rolled cigarette was made. Some people believe that it was egyptian soldiers and other historians suggest that Russians and Turks learnded from the French who learned about cigaretts from the Spaniards. 1970 Broadcast ads for cigarettes are banned in America. Last advert was for Virginia Slims in 1971. In 1973 there was a law that airplanes needed to create a non-smoking section on planes. In 1998 46 US states embrace $206bn settlement with cigarette makers over health costs for treating sick smokers. In March 31st of 2003 New York City bans smoking in all public places.

Now a days, smoking contributes for 22% of all male deaths and 11% of all female deaths.

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