Historical snippet of tobacco and cigar manufacturing in England.


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Speaking of King James and tobacco the man himself hated the “Filthy weed” and wrote this missive to discourage its use: 

A Counterblaste to Tobacco, 1604

https://www.laits.utexas.edu/poltheory/james/blaste/blaste.html

but he wasn’t above making a lot of money from it in customs revenue when Virginia discovered how to plant it 10 years later, and prohibited its growth in England to raise prices and make more money from the colonial product. 

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