Native American Tobacco Research Paper

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Throughout history the United States has always used tobacco products as a cash crop to help support the nation. Over time tobacco was sold to many people within the country and out of the country, it was used widely, and it brought in a lot of money/income. Soon cigarettes were created out of tobacco, becoming very popular throughout the country; not only were they very popular, but they were very addictive. Before the 1940’s no one feared the consequences of smoking cigarettes until cancerous cells began to be found within the human body. Soon after the discovery changes were made to cigarettes to deem them as a “safer” product for the public to continue to use. In the 1950’s cigarette companies decide to make filtered cigarettes as a way …show more content…
Native Americans had naturally grown tobacco on their land so that they could crush the plant, put it into clay, stone, or wood bowls, and light the plant on fire so that they could inhale the smoke. Some Native Americans would take the crushed, dried up tobacco plants and roll them up into a tube like shape to smoke. The British did not even know tobacco existed until Spanish explorers brought it to European soil in the 15th century. During that time tobacco was also thought to be a possible cure for cancer, treat wounds, asthma, and diseases in the respiratory system. However, in 1604 King James of England wrote about how smoking was, “a custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, and dangerous to the lungs.” Yet at the time people believed tobacco smoke could help fight off diseases; men, women, and children were even urged to smoke to ward of any sign of the plague. In the late 1700’s most people finally gave up on the idea of tobacco curing diseases. Nearly four centuries after King James made his statement on how he felt about tobacco, cigarette packages had similar warning labels quoting what he said, just on a different text …show more content…
The year 1939 proved to have the most convincing evidence connecting cigarettes to lung cancer from Franz Hermann Muller, who worked at Cologne Hospital. Muller studied the connection by 86 lung cancer cases with patients who smoked. In the middle of the 20th century lung cancer began to be seen more often in patients, and smoking cigarettes grew rapidly due to several different factors. Years 1947 through 1957, televisions were being brought into the American home, where many commercials were being shown on the benefits of smoking cigarettes. Some commercials even had doctors claiming that cigarettes helped people control weight and fend off colds. Arthur Godfrey was one of the main actors who promoted cigarettes on the commercials that tobacco companies made to get the people interested in the product. At the time 7 out of ten people smoked cigarettes. In the 1940’s and 50’s it soon became apparent that smoking cigarettes was causing lung cancer to spread throughout the country. Doll and Hill were the very first ones to clearly demonstrate how cigarettes affect the lungs of the people who smoke them in 1950. After the demonstration took place, smoking was connected to mortality from coronary heart disease, chronic bronchitis, and different types of cancer. More evidence was found once scientist did experiments such as epidemiology, animal testing, and chemical

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