Christopher Columbus brought a few tobacco leaves and seeds with him back to Europe. Europeans didn't get their first taste of tobacco until the mid-16th century, when adventurers and diplomats like France's Jean Nicot -- for whom nicotine is named -- began to popularize its use.
Dec 16, 1556
tobacco was introduced to france
first successful commercial crop was cultivated
The first successful commercial crop was cultivated in Virginia in 1612 by Englishman John Rolfe
Virginian tobacco planters were in debt
By 1760, many Virginian tobacco planters were in debt to Great Britain because of taxes
cigar beacme popular
the tobacco industry continued to flourish. The cigar became popular.
cigret machine invented
smoking bannded in austin
smoking was banned in Boston because it posed
Buck Duke produced 744 million cigarettes
In 1884, Buck Duke produced 744 million cigarettes and undercut the prices of other tobacco companies
tobacco was listed as a drug
In 1890, tobacco was included in the government’s official listing of drugs.
banned trading of cuban cigars
In 1917, the Trading With The Enemy Act was established, which prohibited importing Cuban cigars.
America’s tobacco companies were convicted
n 1941 in Kentucky, America’s tobacco companies were convicted of price fixing and monopolizing.
Washington, Iowa, Tennessee, and North Dakota outlawed cigret sales
Washington, Iowa, Tennessee, and North Dakota outlawed the sale of cigarettes.
Black Patch act
In 1904, a group of
growers known as the Tobacco Night Riders began committing violent acts, known as the Black Patch
War, in protest of the low prices
charges filed aginst American tobacco company
Antitrust charges were filed against the American Tobacco Company in 1907.