Who invented cigarettes?

Cigarettes were invented in 19th century by a French military man during war time. When his only pipe got broken, the soldier took paper from the gunpowder bag that he was carrying, rolled it as a pipe and filled the tobacco inside to smoke. It is also believed that in Seville the beggars used to take out tobacco from the thrown cigars and pipes of the rich people and rolled them into paper to smoke. The tobacco was in use centuries back. Native Americans and people of other countries were consuming it since long back. In U. S. the manufacturing of cigarettes started in 1860 and the famous brand Bull Durham captured 90%of the demand for the product. The cigarettes were then hand made and a costly affair.

In 1883 cigarette making was revolutionized when the automatic rolling machine for cigarette rolling was made by an eighteen year old boy James. This helped in reducing the production cost and increasing the volume of production. The reduced prize brought great demand. In 1952 filtered cigarettes were introduced for health protection reasons.

It has been estimated that almost $150 billion is spent in smoking in a year. Today the market is full of different brands of cigarettes as many are into this business.

Thus unknowingly a multimillion dollar industry took birth which had no end to product production and benefits. The nicotine addiction is harmful to life and brings death to many.

By admin On Dec 12 2010

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