The cigarette, a paper-wrapped roll of delicately cut tobacco, has been smoked by humans for centuries. The inhaling and exhaling of fumes of burning plant material was first introduced by the Aztecs, in what is now Mexico, who smoked a hollow reed or cane tube filled with tobacco, and by other natives of Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America who rolled the crushed tobacco leaves in corn (maize) husks or other vegetable wrappers. Often used in ceremonials by the American Indians, the ritual of smoking tobacco has continued throughout history. While it was the cigar that Spanish conquistadors brought back from the New World that gained popularity as a symbol of wealth in the Old World, the early...

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