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The History of the Use of Nicotine: A Tasty Wonder Drug for Many, if Not All, Occasions
The history of the use of nicotine: A tasty wonder drug for many, if not all, occasions

Gods would have revell'd at their feats of Mirth

With this pure distillation of the Earth;

The Marrow of the World, Star of the West,

The Pearl whereby this lower Orb is blest;

The Joy of Mortals, Umpire of all Strife,

Delight of Nature, Mithradate1 of Life;

The daintiest dish of a delicious feast,

By taking which Man differs from a beast.

“The Smoky Magic” Anonymous (poem from early 1600s) (Partington, 1925, p. 159)

When cured in the right way, a leaf of tobacco looks like gold. It folds like money, and a deep, sweet, rich smell rises from it. ...

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