#250 | A History of Smoking

#250 | A History of Smoking

Update: 2022-03-3110
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There are over a billion smokers across the world, and over 7 trillion cigarettes are smoked every year.


In this episode, we'll look at the history of smoking, from the "discovery" of tobacco by Christopher Columbus to how tobacco companies keep us smoking, even when we know the dangers to our health.



  • Tobacco in indigenous societies in the Americas

  • 1492 - the year Christopher Columbus discovers tobacco

  • The etymology of "tobacco"

  • Jean Nicot finds a tobacco plant in Lisbon

  • Catherine de Médici tries "snuff" for the first time

  • Smoking sweeps across Europe

  • The invention of the cigarette

  • The invention of the cigarette rolling machine

  • Smoking during World War I & II

  • The 1964 headline: "Cigarettes Peril Health, U.S. Report Concludes."

  • Smoking & society

  • Cigarette advertising

  • Legal cases against Big Tobacco

  • The future of smoking - can it really be "smoke-free"?

Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/history-of-smoking


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#250 | A History of Smoking

#250 | A History of Smoking

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