Smokeless Tobacco in the Western World, 1550-1950.
Smokeless Tobacco is more comprehensive than the title might suggest. In addition to snuff and chewing tobacco, it also investigates the development of other ways in which tobacco has been enjoyed, including cigars, pipes and cigarettes. To understand changes over time in consumer preferences, the book discusses the economic, social and political factors affecting those preferences These include the development of new varieties of tobacco, the evolution of marketing systems, and governmental controls and regulation.
Smokeless Tobacco presents governmental and industry statistics that measure the sales and consumption of tobacco products in the US, Canada, the European countries, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The necessary context for these statistical data is provided by evidence from industrial manuals and political debates as well as statements in travel accounts, newspapers, novels, poetry, cartoons, and advertisements.
The final chapter describes tobacco usage in the Near East, Asia, and Africa. Governmental records again are supplemented by literary sources and traveler's accounts from the Ottoman Empire, Persia, India, China, and Japan.
When people today think of tobacco use they almost always think of smoking, whether of cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. But it was not always so. Jan Rogozinski's new book asks us to reconsider our asspmptions about the history of tobacco, reminding us that over the centuries and around the world, much tobacco was consumed in smokeless form, whether the crude chewing tobacco so favored in nineteenth-century America or the elegant nasal snuff we associate with eighteenth-century French drawing rooms, or the oral snuff preferred by both Scandinavian and southern country people and factory workers. His short book is an effective introduction to the history of tobacco use.
Jacob Price, Journal of Southern History.
This is an easy-to-read text that is filled with hard-to-find tobacco statistics.
New Technical Books.