Chapter 1: Adoring the Devil's Breath
• Columbus noted the natives' use of tobacco, by chewing or smoking, and discovered the addictiveness of its use in his own men.
• Early traders quickly found a market for tobacco when higher class Europeans brought it into popular use; some authorities tried banning it, which was mostly unsuccessful, and later settled for taxing the imported product.
• In Virginia, John Rolfe, who was one of the prominent leaders at Jamestown, was instrumental in founding the American domestic tobacco market; unfortunately, the Virginian tobacco production was very labor intensive, which led to the increasing use of slave labor.
• In London, a tobacconist named Philip Morris seized on a cigarette trend and introduced an upgraded product that enticed a younger clientele.
• Americans had long preferred homegrown, practical products like chewing tobacco; by the mid-1800s, the United States was the largest user of tobacco in the...
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