The introduction of tobacco in the United States was revolutionary. In the late 15th century the Native Americans traded the settlers of the new land tobacco. Smoking quickly became common in the newly discovered America. Christopher Columbus sent tobacco back to Queen Elizabeth’s Court where it became extremely popular in nearly all of Europe’s maritime nations (Gershon). Tobacco quickly became a staple of American life. Many farmers realized the potential that tobacco had, thus is became a safe economic opportunity for many. Tobacco fields became a very common use of the easily available land, especially in eastern North Carolina.
There are two main types of smokeless tobacco: snuff and chewing tobacco. tobacco smoking is the act of burning dried or cured leaves of the tobacco plant and inhaling the smoke. combustion releases biochemically active compounds in tobacco, such as nicotine and tsNa, and allows them to be absorbed through the lungs.
Usage of Tobacco
Dried tobacco leaves are mainly used for smoking in cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and shishas. They can also be consumed as snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco and snus. Tobacco use is a risk factor for many diseases; especially those affecting the heart, liver, and lungs, as well as many cancers.
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.