Learn about the development of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and snus in 2 minutes

Learn about the development of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and snus in 2 minutes

Cigarettes are a type of tobacco product. The method of making tobacco is to dry it, cut it into shreds, and then roll it into a cylindrical strip about 120mm long and 10mm in diameter. When smoking, light one end and then use your mouth to inhale the smoke produced at the other end. Cigarettes were first popular in Turkey, where people like to roll up tobacco with newspapers and smoke it. During the Crimean War, British soldiers learned how to smoke from the Ottoman soldiers at the time, and then spread it to different places. Most cigarettes are not made of only tobacco. In 1558, sailors brought tobacco seeds back to Portugal, and then spread throughout Europe. In 1612, John Rolfe, a British colonial official, planted tobacco on a large scale in Jamestown, Virginia, and began to trade in tobacco. Tobacco was introduced to China in the mid-16th century. The first to be introduced was sun-dried tobacco, which has a planting history of more than 400 years.

However, the tobacco industry is not just about cigarettes. This is just the most common form of tobacco. You should know that in addition to the most common cigarettes, there are also pipes, snuff, snus, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn tobacco products, etc.


The pipe may be the oldest way of smoking. According to relevant archaeological remains, the primitive inhabitants of America believed that the thick smoke produced by burning leaves could communicate with the gods, so they invented the pipe as a ritual tool for priests, and inhaling the smoke produced by burning was a part of the sacrifice.

Later, tobacco and pipes were brought to Europe by Columbus's fleet and became a fashion. To this day, pipe smoking is still a very British way of smoking.


Snuff is made of tobacco powder and was introduced to China during the Ming Dynasty. It was very popular at the time and was an absolute luxury. When using it, you can put the snuff bottle under your nostrils to absorb the powder.
In "Dream of Red Mansions", there is a plot where Qingwen takes snuff to cure a cold. There is an old Beijing proverb: "Buy snuff but don't smell it - just pretend to play", which is often used to mock those who pretend to be experts.


Generally speaking, snus refers to Swedish snus, and some people also call it "lip tobacco". (Although the snus sounds awkward.) This is a smokeless tobacco product, which is made by mixing ground tobacco particles, tobacco, sodium carbonate and water, and adding ingredients such as bergamot oil, rose oil, licorice and spices.


Refers to a tobacco product that is chewed in the mouth. In the early 20th century, chewing tobacco was the most popular tobacco product in the western United States. Because it is cheap, easy to carry and convenient to use. Just open the tin foil packet, take out one or two pieces, put them in your mouth, and chew them.
Chewing tobacco quickly became a symbol of the western United States, where spittoons were placed everywhere in the saloons and bars. z China's Achang and Wa, Dai, Jingpo, Benglong, Deang and other ethnic groups also have the habit of chewing tobacco.
They use chewing tobacco to drive away fatigue, relax and relieve boredom, so that chewing tobacco has become a hobby and a way of entertaining guests.


Later, electronic cigarettes were born. In 2004, Han Li obtained the invention patent for these devices. Today, popular brands like iGet offer e-cigarettes with various features and e-liquid flavors. After the launch of electronic cigarettes, they began to become popular in overseas markets.


The current representative brand of heat-not-burn products is IQOS, which is said to have a taste close to "real cigarettes" and produces particles rather than traditional e-cigarette steam. As a result, it has gained favor among consumers after landing in Japan.



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