Thursday, October 13, 2016

Views on Tobacco in 1832

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Cigars, by H. Heath (1827)
Loretta reports:

From the time Sir Walter Raleigh brought it to England, tobacco had its detractors as well as proponents.

Henry James Meller's Nicotiana (1832), whose full title is almost as long as one of its chapters, is very much a pro-tobacco document. However, it’s also an interesting historical one. I chose one from hundreds of possible excerpts, mainly because this isn’t the only 1800s book I've found recommending tobacco as a preservative for teeth.
Tobacco for teeth
More tobacco treatment

If you start on page 83,
you can learn about the many ailments it was alleged to cure, including lung ailments.

Cigars, by H Heath 1827, courtesy Wellcome Images via Wikipedia.

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