El cigarro y co nsecuencias

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"Cigar" redirects here. For other uses, see Puro.
"Pucho" redirects here. For other uses, see Pucho (character).

A lit cigarette.
The cigarette, cigar, cigarette, joint or butt is one of the most popular formats in the consumption of snuff. A cigarette is a dry plant (popularly snuff) chopped laminated with a thin cylindrical, usually accompanied by a filter.

Was already defined byBartolome de las Casas in his History of the Indies as "certain dried leaves wrapped in other leaves, too dry, like firecrackers ... Light at one end and suck on the other ... to enter the lungs that smoke with that numb the body and so are drunk. "

He was convicted of James I of England by "repulsive to the smell, eyesore, dangerous and harmful for the brain to the lungs."


Playing acarving of the temple of Palenque, Mexico, contained in a Mayan priest smoking a pipe.
It is believed that snuff plant, Nicotiana tabacum, is native to the Andean highlands area and arrived in the Caribbean around 2000 or 3000 BC. When Columbus came to America, the plant had already spread across the continent and almost all tribes and nations of America had had contact with the snuff and had withhim a more or less intense.

On October 28, 1492 was a key date in the history of snuff. That day, Columbus and his ships reached the bay Bariay Maniabón chiefdom, on the northeast coast of the island of Cuba, north of the province of Holguin. "... Is that the most beautiful island that eyes have seen ..." Columbus later wrote in his diary, impressed by the splendor and variety of colors offeredhim the land he had discovered.

A few days later Columbus, as was his custom, he sent two of his men, Luis de Torres and Rodrigo de Xerez, to explore the surrounding area and, if possible, contact the emissaries of the Great Khan. Columbus still believed he had reached the Indies, and his only obsession was to meet these emissaries to carry out the primary mission entrusted to the CatholicMonarchs: sign a trade agreement.

Between 2 and 5 November, the two explorers roam the area near the landing site and meet the inhabitants of the island, the Taino Indians. One of the things that matter most striking is to see men and women inhaling the smoke of a cylinder of dry leaves.

Back to Playa Blanca in the bay, Columbus relate what they have seen and this makes the following entry inhis diary on November 6, 1492:

Iban men ... always with a firebrand in the hands (Cuaba) and certain herbs to make their incense, which are dried herbs (Cojiba) stuck in a certain way too dry leaf musket ... and ignition part of the other or suck suck, and the breath to receive that smoke inside with which numbs the flesh and quasi-drunk, and so he says, do not feel the tiredness. These muskets... they call tobacco


It should be noted Cuaba words, using snuff Cojiba and Columbus in his journal. It is believed that Cojiba (also cohiba, cohoba or cojoba) is the Taino word designating the musket or roll of smoked dry leaves, the first name of the cigar. Cuaba refers to a bush in the Caribbean that is still used today in the field to carry fire from one place to another and to lightfires because of its extreme flammability. And snuff was the name of the tube in the form of "Y" with the Indians aspired to snuff, but today is the word used in Cuba and the Dominican Republic to say "cigar."

More recently, the first paper cigarettes manufactured and packaged arrived in Spain around 1825, in 1833 published the first packs and when it is called 'cigarette' or 'cigarette', whichcomes from the word "cigar", so called by its similarity to a grasshopper. Introduced by merchants from Brazil, Portugal continued its expansion and later throughout Europe.

The Crimean War served to popularize smoking among French troops in imitation of the Turks who smoked a pipe. In 1830 in Spain extends cigarette smoking, especially among women, and "Spanish paper for cigars" is known...