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Long before civilized man began to sacrifice at the altar of Madame Nicotine, smoke had been used by the Mayas and by various savages in their religious customs. Then Columbus discovered America, and white men had opportunity to observe Indian customs. The great Oviedo wrote, after observing smoking by the Indians, "I cannot imagine what pleasure they derive from this practice unless it be the drinking which invariably precedes the smoking." Count Corti traces the evolution of smoking from that time to the present day, calling attention particularly to the way in which it has influenced modern history. It has started social, economic and political revolutions and made many a martyr. The book by Count Corti is concerned wholly with these aspects of the subject and does not primarily concern its relationship to health. There were, of course, numerous occasions in which the battles which raged on the subject were
A History of Smoking.. JAMA. 1932;99(1):64. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740530066045