Jump to navigation Jump to search For the plant genus, see Nicotiana. Not to be confused with Tabacco or Tabasco. Tobacco drying kiln in Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia from 2018. This kiln was my own blend tobacco shop in 1957, and moved to Rotary Park in 2000.
Kilns of this structure were made from the early 1930s through to the late 1960s. Tobacco is a product prepared from the leaves of the tobacco plant by curing them. Tobacco contains the alkaloid nicotine, which is a stimulant, and harmala alkaloids. Tobacco use is a risk factor for many diseases, especially those affecting the heart, liver, and lungs, as well as many cancers. The English word “tobacco” originates from the Spanish and Portuguese word “tabaco”. The precise origin of this word is disputed, but it is generally thought to have derived at least in part, from Taino, the Arawakan language of the Caribbean.
9th century, as a name for various herbs. Still Life with Three Castles Tobacco, 1880, Brooklyn Museum. The earliest depiction of a European man smoking, from Tobacco by Anthony Chute, 1595. An Indian man smoking Tobacco on hookah, Rajasthan, India.
Many Native American tribes have traditionally grown and used tobacco. Following the arrival of the Europeans to the Americas, tobacco became increasingly popular as a trade item. The alleged benefits of tobacco also account for its considerable success. Tobacco smoking, chewing, and snuffing became a major industry in Europe and its colonies by 1700. Tobacco has been a major cash crop in Cuba and in other parts of the Caribbean since the 18th century. In the late 19th century, cigarettes became popular. James Bonsack created a machine that automated cigarette production.