Tobacco has had a long and fascinating history
There is a herb which is sowed apart by itself and is called by the inhabitants Uppowoc. In the West Indies it hath diverse names, according to the several places and countries where it groweth and is used: the Spaniards generally call it Tabacco.
"A Brief and True Account of the New Found Land of Virginia", 1588
Tobacco has been smoked for at least the last three thousand years. Christopher Columbus found it when he landed in the Americas in 1492, but ancient temple carvings show tobacco being smoked in Central America as long ago as 1,000 BC.
Ever since it arrived in Europe in the late 15th century, tobacco has divided opinion, sparked controversy and generated substantial revenue through tax. Not long after it reached Europe, it was being described in terms ranging from “vile custom of manifold abuses” and “feast for the fiend” to “the divine herb” and “cornucopia of all earthly pleasure”.