Native American Tobacco Essay

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Before colonial times, the tobacco native to America was smoked by Native Americans for religious reasons like prayer, health, and spiritual protection. When the European settlers arrived in America they did not have much use for the native tobacco, until the 1600’s when the English settler John Rolfe began experimenting with American tobacco. Only a few years later Rolfe revealed a sweeter and more fragrant tobacco to the Jamestown colony. The “bewitching weed” or “poor man’s crop” that Rolfe cultivated was an instant hit and saved the Jamestown colony’s economy, which until that point had been in a depression, from collapsing. However, even though tobacco was quite popular there was still some debate, in 1604 King James I was the first recorded …show more content…
Even after King James I’s warnings against tobacco, smoking continued to be a popular pastime in America. Until 1964, 360 years after James I’s proclamation against smoking, smoking was thought of as healthy by many, then on January 11, 1964 the Surgeon General’s Report was released in the United Kingdom and in the United States of America. The Surgeon General 's Report proved that the smoking of tobacco was linked directly to lung cancer and various other diseases (Warner, et al 5). Yet, even though tobacco has been proven to be hazardous to not only the smoker 's health, but also the bystanders health, smoking is still staple in American society. American citizens ignore continuous warnings against smoking and continue to smoke tobacco. So, is it our democracies job to protect us from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke? Should Our democracy urge the us, the citizens, in the right direction? After extensive research, we have come to the conclusion that yes, our democracy has a responsibility to protect its citizens from harmful …show more content…
Tobacco causes various severe diseases and other health effects. Tobacco’s hazardous effects on your health are well known, but few users are fully aware (Chopra, et al 1). The results of tobacco use range from simple bronchitis, to impotence among males, to encompassing death (Chopra, et al 1). There are significant variety of diseases caused by smoking tobacco and the most widely known are: emphysema, lung cancer, stroke, heart disease, and fatal effects and outcomes on pregnancy (Warner, et al 5). Not as widely known are the fatal effects on vision, healing after surgeries and procedures, losing fingers and toes to Peripheral Vascular Disease, and various other adverse diseases (Warner, et al 5). The initial findings provided a list of various diseases ranging from numerous cancers, to cardiovascular diseases, stroke, fatal pregnancies and adverse outcomes, and periodontal issues (Siddiqi, et al 4). Smokers also run the risk of being more susceptible to a smoking addiction based of their genetic variation and in turn, having more difficulty quitting (Dingel, et al 6). Daily, about 8,500 people worldwide are killed by HIV and AIDS, about 5,000 from

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