Tobacco And Its Effects On American Society Essay

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Along with the introduction of “tabacco” into European Society, the conflicting opinions of those that were opposed to the usage of tobacco products due to their origin and those that hailed tobacco as the newest and greatest medical innovation also entered society (Mancall 650). The knowledge of tobacco spread throughout Europe through accounts of explorers and the treatises of those that aimed to spread their understanding of the medical advantages of tobacco (Mancall 649). People of the time associated the use of tobacco with its use during the pagan rituals of the Native Americans; however, those that believed in the psychoactive reactions were attached to tobacco were confusing it with other herbs used for ritual or the potency of tobacco has diminished overtime (Mancall 650-651). Individuals who believed in the medical advantages of tobacco used treatises to recreate the image of the product and bridge the cultural divide (Mancall 650). Such treatises listed the cures that could be created out of tobacco and stressed the benefits to reassure the people that could potentially use the item for consumption (Mancall 659).
It is thought by scholars that Columbus saw tobacco mere hours after leaving his ship and stepping into the New World. In Columbus’s journal entry from October 15, 1492, he says that he saw dried leaves and kneaded clay on the island of what is now San Salvador. Researchers believe that the dried leaves were tobacco and the kneaded clay was a pipe (“The…

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