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Tobacco Smoking Essay, Research Paper Tobacco Smoking For many people smoking is a trend, or a way of attracting attention so people will think better of them, at least that is how the smoker feels. But in many cases in this corrupt day and age the smoker is an addict and is the dependent of the vicious drug nicotine. Nicotine is the most addictive drug in the world, and is abused by ignorant human beings through the use of cigarettes. Personally nicotine is my worse enemy and if were flesh and bones I would destroy it, because of the fact that is has taken my beloved father which I love more than anything in this world and turned him into an addict. This paper has helped turn the anger I had for my father because of his smoking, into pity and sorrow. For the fact that

because of the paper I now have an understanding of why my father is addicted. What he feels and goes through every time he tries to quit and does not succeed why he can t quit, and lastly why de has become dependent of the life threatening drug nicotine. History On his voyage to the Caribbean, Columbus discovered Indians smoking broad leaves of the tabaca plant in pipes and inhaling the smoke. Columbus took the plant back to Europe, and within fifty years people throughout cities of Europe were smoking. Use became so widespread by the 1600s that governments tried to ban or suppress the new habit. In 1604, King James I of England raged over the filthy, stinking weed, tobacco (1-94) While some condemned tobacco, others praised it for its supposed medicinal qualities. Doctors

prescribed tobacco preparations to treat everything from cancer to dog bites. Seventeenth-century chemists were the first to understand the power of tobacco s active ingredient, nicotine. Experiments on animals showed some of the powerful effects. By the end of the century, tobacco was no longer considered a helpful medicine. But it was still widely smoked for pleasure and recreation. The numbers of smokers worldwide continued to grow. Antismoking forces also increased their power. Under their influence, parts of Germany and the Netherlands, as well as Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, and Hungary, passed legislation prohibiting smoking. The government of China decreed that importers of tobacco are beheaded smokers and tobacco merchants in Persia were punished and tortured.

But, until the late 1700 s, the vast American tobacco industry was free of attack by reformers. Opponents hesitated to voice their objections because of tobacco s economic importance to the young nation. Then, several things happened in the second half of the nineteenth century that changed the tobacco habits of the nation. The American Civil War expanded the consumption of tobacco in the United States. The discovery of a way to wrap the leaves in paper also made smoking more convenient. And the invention of high-speed automatic cigarette makers made cigarettes cheaper and much more available. Meanwhile, in 1859, the first report linking smoking to certain diseases was published(2-36). Also, smoking s dependence-producing effect became the subject study. Some states passed

legislation banning the sale of cigarettes. During the years after World War I, the tobacco interests organized and presented their case to the American people. Using doctor s statements to back them up, they denied the health hazards of smoking. Representatives of the tobacco growers and manufactures said that anticigarette laws violated the smokers constitutional liberties. By the end of World War II, sales of cigarettes were at an all-time high. The increase continued despite some important scientific studies linking lung cancer to heavy tobacco use. Finally, the 1964 Surgeon General s report was issued and drew considerable attention. The report presented substantial medical evidence on the health hazards of tobacco. The report warned smokers that cigarette smoking is