Mark Twain, one of the most famous American authors of all times, once said : “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a thousand times”.
1. The term ‘smoking’ was not used until the later 17th century. Before that it was known as ‘dry drunkenness’.
2. Ben Johnson, a renaissance author, claimed smoking was actually ‘devil’s fart’.
3. In ancient America tobacco used to be chewed, drunk as tea, consumed like jelly and inhaled as powder-like substance.
4. Sir Walter Raleigh who was beheaded in1618 took his pipe with him on the way to the scaffold.
5. Before the 1920s it was not accepted for a woman to smoke in public. Then advertising turned the cigarette into a symbol of women’s rebellion and independence. Today more than 175,000 women in America die of smoking related sicknesses each year.