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Cigar store Indians

August 11, 2013
By DR. LORI VERDERAME - Special to the Sun-Gazette , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

It is believed that tobacco is commonly associated with Native Americans because the Mayan people of North America introduced the ritual of smoking to Christopher Columbus and his crew upon their arrival in the new world. Apparently, Columbus was offered dried tobacco leaves by the natives upon his arrival in the fall of 1492. As North America was further colonized, tobacco was sold in the colonies and throughout Europe.



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