Tobacco Timeline

2000 BC
Remains of tobacco leaves and pipes are found in Egyptian mummies. This is yet to be explained scientifically.

1500 BC
Pipes are used by North American Indians for ceremonial purposes and as a symbol of reconciliation.

300 BC
The Greek doctor Hippocrates used smoke inhalation from herbs as a remedy for certain female diseases.

1000
The herb "Angelikarot" is smoked in pipes in Norway.

1492
Columbus discovers (or maybe rediscovers) America and the use of tobacco.

1519
The tobacco plant reaches Europe.

1519
Jean Nicot launches the tobacco plant as a multiremedy; among the French royals, it becomes fashionable to "sneeze away the headache".

1580
Chalk pipes are mass-produced - mostly for mariners.