2.1 - History of Smoking
Smoking today is considered a relatively common practice, however, there was a period in time when smoking tobacco was relatively unknown practice to much of the world! This section attempts to acquaint participants with a basic understanding of where the smoking practice came from and asks them to think critically about how it became such a prominent social practice.
1.Check out the CBC Documentary entitled Butting Out: the Slow Death of Smoking .
2. Check out other resources such as :
3. Identify events in the history of tobacco that you think are interesting and not widely known. Be analytical and creative with this exercise. Points could include events like:
- The Mayans adopted tobacco use and depicted Gods using tobacco
- Christopher Columbus was given "certain dried leaves which give off a distinct fragrance"
- Rodrigo de Jerez became the first person to smoke in Europe and terrified the population so much that he was thrown into jail for three years by the Spanish Inquisition
- The first cigarette factory was opened in Walworth,England in 1856 by Robert Golag
- The first Romanov Csar declared the use of tobacco a deadly sin in Russia and forbids possession
Teachers can identify a range of points for students depending on the importance of the lesson and the level of the students. As a general guide, the number of points should range from 4/5 - 10/15.
Some interesting online programs that can be used to generate timelines include
- Dipity - a free, online tool that allows users to generate visually stunning timelines including multimedia content such as audio and video
- Capzles - free, online timeline generator
- Preceden - free, online timeline generator in a more traditional format
5. Present your timeline in front of the class or circulate it as a link through the Class Discussion page.
- Understand smoking as a social phenomenon rooted in a set of historical circumstances
- Gain insight into how smoking was adapted
- Gain an understanding of the preliminary factors that lead to the widespread adoption of smoking
- Understand the origins of the tobacco plant and its significance to certain societies
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