Cigarette's History

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History Behind The Cigarette

Cigarette, a small peice of thin paper filled with dried leaves of a plant called tobacco containing a psychoative chemical known as nicotine which is burnt, by igniting one end and letting it smoulder and inhaled from the other, which in the modern times has a filter, inducing chemicals to the blood, flowing through the heart, lungs and brain. Being a stimulant causing the liver to release glucose and adrenaline from the adrenal medula giving the effect of relaxation, mood-alteration, calmness, sharpness, and alertness. Created to be flexible and effortless, cutting down on the hassel of chewing, piping, may it be with a wooden, ivory, mineral, metal, gold, or silver tube which is carved, punched, sculpted, melted, and molded or mechanically made by a machine. All-in-all This small english word is from a small french word which is cigarette meaning - "a small cigar". But how does it affect our youth? Well, first we must study it's ancestors, starting from it's main ingredient the tobacco.

Looking back to the early 6th to 9th century where smoking tobacco was in the form of reeds and tubes was found drawn and carved on potteries, and temples by the mayan indians of mexico and later the aztecs. These drawing mostly depicts priest and dieties smoking in ritual scenes. Even though leaving no other evidence to trace the first tobacco smoking to them except some doodles and burnt mud and stones they were considered the pioneers of smoking because of tobacco being more abundant in the americas that time. Just ouside their territory, approximately 600 - 700 years later. Their very close relatives, the native "indians" americans grew tobacco in their backyard using it on "special" medical and religous purposes, smoking it through huge colorful pipes which...