The History of Tobacco Use Tobacco use has been around since America was settled. As a major production crop, it can be found at nearly every convenience store in America. But when was it decided that it was bad for the human body; even in some cases, lethal? Originally, tobacco use was created primarily for pipe smoking and chew. Cigarettes, however, were created in the early 1600’s, but did not become popular in North America until after the Civil War. Many healthcare portions of cigarettes were muted, or left unsaid, until around the 1950’s and 60’s. It was in these years, that a great amount of lawsuits and both political and physical issues arose in the United States. It was in 1966 that the law on warning labels be printed on every cigarette box, was decreed. The history of mass production of cigarettes–primarily cigarettes, rather than snuff or chew–goes back to the late 1880’s. It’s written that it was initially a joke, or a contest on who could create the first mass-production cigarettes rolling machine. Ever since this machine was created, cigarettes are almost explosively created in the United States. What Parts of The Body That Tobacco Affects It’s obvious that inhalants would affect the lungs, and chew would affect the teeth, but what else does tobacco use affect? Another major part of the body that is long-term affected by the use of tobacco, is the brain. Since nicotine–the addictive part of tobacco–is as addictive and harmful as major drugs as cocaine or heroin, it’s just as damaging and dangerous effects on the brain’s dopamine systems.The “tar” that the filters in cigarettes try to protect us from, falls into three categories; nitrosamines, aldehydes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. But since this is a paper on tobacco, I really don’t feel like explaining those three categories. Chew and snuff, although significantly less dangerous to the lungs than cigarettes, are still considered carcinogens, which are cancer-causing substances. In fact, more nicotine is absorbed via chew, rather than cigarettes. Ultimately, chewing is more likely for the body to development of oral cancers and precancers.The Benefits of Nicotine Use. Multiple studies show that the use of nicotine can improve focus, memory, concentration, motor skills, and can sometimes act as a neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, and can even improve creativity. ADHD, is an excellent example of the few benefits of nicotine use. Smoking or chewing is a known relaxant, and can help those struggling with ADHD and other forms of mental illnesses. Nicotine can both be good, and destructive. Nicotine is sometimes considered a neuroprotective. It helps to block chemicals such as estrogen, and reduce inflammation in the brain. As for memory and learning, nicotine is proven to enhance memory and learning skills in both animals and people. Which doesn’t help their case on vegans. In conclusion, nicotine is a dangerous substance. But is tobacco? Tobacco isn’t the addictive part of smoking or chewing. Since it’s primarily the nicotine that damages the body, tobacco use isn’t nearly as bad. But it’s still extremely damaging to the body, even going as far to cause emphysema–a lung disease–and lung cancer. If a smoker has asthma, they are at risk of having more serious attacks, more often. But I’m like, 90% an asthmatic wouldn’t be dumb enough to smoke? In conclusion, nicotine and tobacco are both extremely risky substances, that are more often than not, abused by users. Horrible side effects and after-effects can occur from smoking, such as cancers and lung, brain, and oral damage. Smoking and chewing are not illegal, but are still nearly as damaging and many other illegal drugs.