Interesting Facts About Appearance of Cigarettes in America
It's so obvious for us nowadays to buy cigarettes as we know what they are for and how they should be used. In the past however smoking didn't exist. More exactly the grounds of this habit existed but were not developed to the extent familiar to
The history of smoking in America starts from 1492 when Christopher Columbus reached the West Indies. Then the men from his crew were greeted with certain fruit and dried leaves which evolved an unusual aroma. The crewmen tasted the fruit but the leaves were thrown away. Later on some of them noticed how the natives wrapped those leaves, lit them and inhaled the smoke. Since that day smoking started to become the fashion.
Eventually smokers existed for hundreds of years. Some representatives of Central American Indians inhaled the dried leaves wrapping them in pipes, while the dwellers of Cuba preferred to roll the leaves into cigars like in our times.
Speaking about the history of smoking it would be essential to mention the 2 main types of tobacco which were popular in those times. The discussion runs about the tobacco from Mexico North and South America. The first type of tobacco represents a rather worthless type which was known as 'shoestring'. The variety which was smoked by a few European countries differed by its milder taste and resembled the today's Cuban tobacco.
To reach the corresponding quality tobacco should be grown in relevant weather conditions and soil. In dependence of weather conditions tobacco is divided into 2 types mentioned above. Thus in India, South America, New England and Philippines the tobacco is of Cuban origin while in Virginia, Carolinas and Maryland - acidic tobacco valued by smokers.
Already in XIX century cigarettes started becoming more and more popular across Europe. But each country developed its own tastes of cigarettes in dependence of this or that circumstance. For example English soldiers served as discoverers of a new taste of cigarettes as they came back from the Crimean War bringing with them the new flavor. Since then the Turkish flavor had spread very quickly across London. In some cases it is called 'Oriental'.