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The tobacco companies have been getting a lot of bad reviews lately They are being sued for millions of dollars for smokers Medicaid bills I do not understand why they are being sued The tobacco companies are only trying to make a living like everyone else Warning labels are put on cigarette packs and everyone knows about the hazards of smoking People make the decision to smoke so why should the tobacco companies take the blame Tobacco use along with the association of its danger has been around as long as the discovery of America But suddenly the companies are being placed with the blame According to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center the Indians first used tobacco as a healing drug and at religious ceremonies before Columbus discovered America When Columbus did arrive in the Easter World he observed the Indians and their use for tobacco He acquired the plant and its seeds and took them back to Europe where they began cultivating it and using it for their own purposes They believed that tobacco was a cure all drug literally They thought it could cure anything from the common cold to diarrhea to cancer Around this time smoking tobacco also became a social aspect for the European upper class Tobacco soon became a major crop in the New Land mainly Virginia where it was produced for pope smoking chewing and snuff Soon cigarettes became the popular way of getting the daily dose of tobacco Christopher Columbus brought tobacco to Europe and made it popular The tobacco industry emerged from the peoples desire for the product All the company wanted to do was give the people what they desired but they get blamed for trying to seduce young people into using their product They provided the new America with one of its chief exports but they are being ridiculed for it now The tobacco industry had no idea
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