The history of Tobacco
Born October 15 1492 - present
During the 1600's, tobacco was so popular that it was frequently used as money! Tobacco was literally "as good as gold!"
This was also a time when some of the dangerous effects of smoking tobacco were being realized by some individuals. In 1610 Sir Francis Bacon noted that trying to quit the bad habit was really hard!
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5 facts about tobacco
- There are 1.1 billion tobacco users in the world. This number is expected to increase to 1.6 billion over the next two decades.
- Addiction to tobacco impacts poverty and development. In poorer countries, up to 30% of income is spent on tobacco, reducing funds available for nutrition, education and health care.
- 100 million people died from tobacco-related diseases in the 20th century. Without action taken, 1 billion people could die this century from tobacco-related diseases.
- There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke.
- Tobacco kills up to 50% of its users.