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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Smoking tobacco emerged from religious ceremonies in the Americas and was probably initially restricted to only shamans, priests, and medicine men.

Ramon Pane, a monk who accompanied Christopher Columbus to the Americas, is usually credited with introducing tobacco to Europe.

Renaissance author Ben Jonson argued that smoking was the "devil's fart."

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Today's Random Fact:

Only recently, and mainly in Western countries, has smoking been seen as a serious health hazard. Smoking rates in the United States have dropped by half since 1965, from 42 percent to 26 percent of adults. Smoking in developing countries, however, is rising.

Bonus Fact:

Within 20 minutes of quitting smoking, a person's blood pressure returns to normal. Within one year, the chance of suffering a heart attack decreases by half.

Tobacco smoking, particularly cigarette smoking, is the single-most preventable cause of the death in the United States.

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