The rise of tobacco has been very sharp in small time.
As the Mayans dispersed and spread out in various areas, such as North and South America, they took with them their precious tobacco leaves and plants.
Hundreds of years later the greatest European explorers discovered tobacco and later brought back to the new world.
Columbus, who did not smoke, was likely the first European to see tobacco.
A little later, Rodrigo de Jerez, an explorer, being in Cuba observed natives smoking tobacco. After that Jerez started to smoking.
When he returned to Spain, loaded with piles of tobacco, Jerez frightened his fellow by smoking tobacco. People there have never seen a man with smoke coming from mouth and nose. The first that people thought was that he was kept by the devil and Spanish Inquisition members committed him to prison for some years. In the course of his prison confinement, smoking indeed progressed in Spain.
At the start of the 17th Century, America started to import tobacco into the UK with amounts of 25,000 pounds. In course of time this amount had grown to a figure about 38 million pounds and the competitive marketing and tobacco manufacturing on a vast scale began to develop.
During the 17th Century, pipe smoking and snuff won renown in London and after cigars became the vogue. However, it was only before the appearance of cigarettes – in the mid 1800’s.
When cigarette making machines appeared, the tobacco industry began to develop and flourish. At that time such machines manufactured nearly 200 cigarettes per minute.
Cigarettes were produced in large quantities and correspondingly a wider range of people could find and afford buying them.
At the beginning of the Second World War, tobacco has been made a guarded crop by American president Roosevelt. America and England had deficit of tobacco because they sent a lot of cigarettes packets to the troops fighting in the war.
During both World Wars cigarette smoking became extremely popular. After the war the soldiers continued smoking and showed the smoking process to their families, thus improving the trend.
In 1973, the first smoking bans in public places were enacted in the US. All airplanes had to have separate smoking zones and non-smoking zones and in 1987 all smoking was banned on flights of less than two hours duration.