The Sustained Demise of the Traditional Cigarette


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Cigarettes as we know them today had their beginnings with the discovery of the New World in 1492.

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The Sustained Demise of the Traditional Cigarette

  1. 1. The Sustained Demise of the Traditional CigaretteCigarettes as we know them today had their beginnings with the discovery of theNew World in 1492. While Native Americans had been using tobacco in one form oranother for many centuries it was the first time that Western explorers hadencountered this exotic plant. Soon thereafter, tobacco plantations began to springup across the American colonies, exporting their crop to the European market.However, due to the lack of mass production of cigarettes, smoking remainedrelatively uncommon until the turn of the twentieth century.Throughout the twentieth century smoking became increasingly common, movingfrom being the preserve of the rich and the privileged to being prolific throughout thelower classes. In the early twentieth century smoking cigarettes was seen assomething sophisticated and classy. Of course at this point the health risks ofcigarettes were not widely known. In the USA the peak rate of cigarette consumptionwas reached in 1965, at a time when an estimated 50% of men and 33% of womensmoked cigarettes. Since this point the number of cigarettes smoked per year in theWestern world has steadily declined. However, in developing countries the numberof smokers still continues to climb.The first research to be conducted which suggested a health risk caused by thesmoking of cigarettes was conducted by German scientists under the Nazi regime.This led to the first anti-tobacco movement and a link being drawn between smokingand lung cancer. Throughout the second half of the twentieth century the dangers ofsmoking began to be widely known and increasingly publicised. Before long,governments began to institute mandatory heath warnings on cigarette packets andin recent years many of these have been accompanied by graphical labels.However, due to the addictive qualities of nicotine which is present within cigarettesmany smokers have found the habit difficult to quit.Due to the increasing awareness of the health risks posed by smoking cigarettes,many businesses and institutions have sought to create an alternative to thetraditional cigarette. These alternatives have taken many different forms includingthe unsuccessful ‘cancerless cigarette’ but by far the most successful in the latetwentieth century was the nicotine patch. These patches slowly release nicotine intothe body, substituting for the addictive substance usually found within cigarettes.However, this is where the similarities between smoking a cigarette and using anicotine patch end.In recent years a more comprehensive substitution has been developed in the formof electronic cigarettes. E-cigs, as they are also known, produce a similar amount ofnicotine to that of traditional cigarettes but with only a slight odour that does notlinger and cling to skin and clothes alike. Moreover, E-cigs do not contain the myriadof harmful chemicals found in traditional cigarettes. Unlike other cigarettereplacements, however, E-cigs fulfil the smokers need to smoke a cigarette. Theyoffer the smoker an object to hold and from which to inhale just as in a traditionalcigarette, but without the extensive dangers.You can find out more about electronic cigarettes at
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