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The History Of Tobacco In Society – Its A Long Story

If you listen to public health activists you get the impression tobacco was invented sometime in the 1920s, probably as a plot to addict children. The truth, of course, is a bit different. Humans and tobacco share a long history and most of it isn’t about commercial exploitation.

Tobacco’s origins lie in the rain forests and mountains of South America. These areas are a bit of a treasure chest when it comes to plants; we owe the region for potatoes, tomatoes and bell peppers. Biologically these are all part of the nightshade family, which thrives in South America. There are other nightshades, though, and they include some fairly anonymous-looking flowering plants. Among them are 67 species in the genus Nicotinia – the tobacco plants.

The Sacred Leaf

Nobody knows exactly when people first discovered that these plants contained a mildly psychoactive drug, but it was definitely a while ago. Archaeologists have discovered that farmers were cultivating the plants by at least 1,000 BC, and probably earlier. The Maya civilization, which dominated Central America from around 2,600 BC until the 16th century, were using tobacco over 2,000 years ago. Some chewed it; most dried it and used it as snuff. Tobacco had religious significance to the Maya, and they also used it socially and as a medicine.

Tobacco also had an important spiritual role for Native Americans, especially in what’s now the eastern USA and Canada. We don’t know if they learned about it from the Maya, or began by using North American species, but by the time the first Europeans arrived it was widespread and common. The dried, cured leaves were burned on fires in religious ceremonies and smoked in pipes during negotiations – people believed that the smoke would carry their prayers to the spirit world. Tobacco was used as money. Gifts of it were traditional when asking someone for a favor.

Some say tobacco was so sacred to Native American people that social smoking was disapproved of. That probably varied though; while some tribes only seem to have made elaborate and beautiful ceremonial pipes, others also made simple clay ones. These are used for social smoking today, and probably have been for hundreds of years.

When Europeans arrived in the Americas they were fascinated by tobacco – both by the rituals and the effects of smoking. Christopher Columbus found people smoking crude cigars on Cuba and Hispaniola in 1492, and it wasn’t long before Spanish explorers started trying it themselves. By about 1528 it had been brought back to Spain, and it spread through Europe with amazing speed. Only five years later there were tobacco merchants in Portugal, and the French ambassador, Jean Nicot, brought it to France. If his name looks vaguely familiar that’s because nicotine was named after him. By the end of the 16th century European traders and explorers had spread tobacco most of the way around the world.

Tobacco Goes Commercial

Tobacco was still an expensive luxury, but that was about to change. When European colonists began settling in North America they relied on trading with the indigenous people, but gold and silver were in short supply. Instead, they resorted to trading tobacco, which European farming methods could grow in huge quantities, and by the 1620s it was becoming a major crop. Soon it was a semi-official currency; fines were measured in pounds of tobacco. The surplus was loaded into ships and sent to Europe, where demand grew as prices fell.

Tobacco needs a lot of land, and that drove the expansion of farms in North America. It also helped make them more productive. The soil in the Virginia colonies had never been farmed before, so it was too rich for European crops like wheat. The colonists soon found that if they grew tobacco on a field for a year or two, then planted it with wheat, the grain grew much better. It was tobacco that powered the early growth of the American economy – and it had a political effect too.

In the 1750s the rapidly increasing supply caused a collapse in prices. That was good news for smokers, but not so good for American planters. Many of them had borrowed heavily from London banks and now struggled to pay off their loans. Many accused Britain of a conspiracy to saddle the colonists with debt they could never pay off, and this helped kick-start the American Revolution. George Washington owed his bank over £2,000 – half a million dollars in today’s money. Thomas Jefferson’s debts were so catastrophic he nearly lost his farm.

History – and Hysteria

Set beside all this history, what we think of as the tobacco industry is a pretty new arrival. In the late 1870s total US cigarette production was only about 40,000 a day, all of them hand-rolled. When James Albert Bonsack invented the automatic cigarette roller in 1880 that rose to about 4 million a day, but cigarette smoking didn’t really take off until the early 20th century. By the 1950s over half of American men smoked, and about a third of women; the same was true in most of the western world and in Japan. Since the 1960s that’s fallen sharply, but in most countries at least a quarter of adults still smoke.

We’ve been using tobacco for thousands of years; in that time people have chewed, inhaled snuff and smoked pipes, cigars and cigarettes. Hookah, once found only in the Middle East and Asia, has become popular. Now we also have dissolvables, lozenges and of course the best “tobacco product” of all – electronic cigarettes. Ways to use tobacco – and specifically nicotine, because without that tobacco is basically spinach – come and go, but the popularity of the plant itself never fades.

Now have a small, but loud, minority of people who believe they can achieve “the first tobacco-free generation” by the second quarter of this century. You have to admire their ambition, but their grasp on reality leaves a bit to be desired. Humanity’s love affair with tobacco is older than the English language, older than Christianity, older than Judaism. Does anyone really think it’s going to end anytime soon? Neither do I, so I’m glad we have exciting new ways to use it that don’t involve inhaling burning leaves.



A former soldier in the British Army, Fergus Mason is now a freelance writer with a special interest in e-cigarettes and travel. When he’s not writing Fergus enjoys sailing, archery and fishing. He’s been vaping since early 2013 and doesn’t ever plan to stop.

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What is Naturally Extracted Tobacco E-Liquid?

E-juice, also known as e-liquid or vaping liquid, is the liquid that’s placed in the vaping device and subsequently atomized into vapor. When you go to buy e-juice, you’ll notice it contains a mix of several ingredients. These typically include vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), some type of flavoring, and nicotine.

VG and PG form the base of the e-liquid. VG is a component used in food and personal care products; its role in e-liquid is to create a thick, dense vapor. PG is another popular solvent used in a variety of everyday items. It carries the e-liquid flavor, provides the “throat hit,” and enhances the vaping liquid’s ability to soak into wicks or cartomizer materials.

Nicotine is an optional ingredient, often available in different levels. E-juice also contains some type of flavoring.

Black Note leads the pack of tobacco vaping liquid by using only natural flavoring – extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste. When you go to buy e-juice from other companies, you may find any number of chemicals used to create synthetic flavors that include fake strawberry, manufactured vanilla, and even man-made tobacco flavors.

If your aim when you buy e-liquid is to experience the subtle nuances, genuine flair and authentic taste of real tobacco, then you’ll be on the mark if you buy e-juice from the Black Note lineup.

Best E-Juice

When you’re going to buy e-liquid, it’s only natural you’ll want the best e-liquid. But what, exactly, does it “best e-juice” mean? We’ll tell you.

For starters, you’ll want an e-juice that doesn’t contain all kinds of strange chemicals and concoctions that you can’t even pronounce. True, even the best e-liquid will contain vegetable glycerin (VG) and proplene glycol (PG), which serve as the base of e-juice, but you don’t necessarily need a host of other chemical compounds.

The best e-juice will stick to natural ingredients, like real tobacco extract, rather than rely on synthetic flavorings, colorings and other additives. Diacetyl is one of those synthetic ingredients that has gotten a pretty bad rap, although its use is not all that uncommon for producing sweet e juice flavors.

Definitely read the ingredient list before you buy e-juice to ensure you recognize what’s on it. Better yet, see if the e-juice company offers a lab report to confirm what’s actually inside the e-liquid.

In addition to having as few chemical ingredients as possible, the best e-juice will have an amazing taste. For those who enjoy authenticity over imitation, the most amazing taste is the most natural taste, especially when it comes to tobacco. Since Black Note uses real extract from tobacco leaves, we not only avoid all those weird chemical flavorings, but we also produce the most authentic experience: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like tobacco.

Best E-Liquid on the Market

Anyone looking for the best e-liquid on the market need look no further than Black Note. Black Note tobacco vaping liquid ranks as the best e-juice across the board in every category, starting with the taste.

Black Note’s main claim to fame is producing a tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. That because we use real tobacco extract, not chemicals, to create the best e-juice tobacco flavor. Using extract from real tobacco leaves retains tobacco’s nuances and flavor notes, giving you the most authentic and multi-faceted tobacco experience.

In addition to being the best e-juice for tobacco taste, Black Note also has the best e-liquid manufacturing process. We spent years researching and testing various production methods, and finally landed on one that we believe is absolutely perfect.

It starts with growing carefully selected tobacco seeds, followed by an equally precise of steps that include an extensive natural extraction process. Even our bottling and packaging is done with the utmost care, using recycled and recyclable packaging materials to ensure our products are as earth-friendly as they are vapor-friendly.

One more category where Black Note ranks as the best e-liquid is with the value. Every order comes with free domestic shipping, one-to-three day domestic shipping guarantee, and a 90-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, or don’t agree we’re the best e-juice on the market, send it back on us and we’ll refund your money.

Vape Juice Ingredients

Vape juice ingredients can be pretty straightforward – or not. At the very least, most vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and some type of flavoring. Nicotine has largely become an optional ingredient that can be included at varying levels or left out altogether.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are usually the two main ingredients that make up the base of most vape juice.

VG is a plant-based substance with the ability to produce a dense, thick vapor. PG is an additive found in many food items and certain medicines. It carries the flavoring, provides the “throat hit” and enhances the vape juice’s ability to soak into the wicking materials.

Nicotine levels can vary, as can ingredients that make up the flavorings. The components that make up vape juice flavoring are where ingredients can get rather complicated.

Vape juice that relies on artificial flavorings can contain any number of extraneous chemicals and other additives, whatever it takes to recreate the flavor the ecig juice is going for.

Black Note uses only natural flavorings: extract from real tobacco leaves. That keeps our ingredient list incredibly simple, backed by a lab report to prove it. You won’t find any strange chemical concoctions used to produce our tobacco flavor, just real tobacco extract that delivers a real tobacco experience.

What is the Best Flavor for Ecig Juice?

From strawberry shortcake to banana rum, ecig juice comes in tons of flavors. While folks can debate and discuss all the fruity, sweet or food-like flavors all day long, the best flavor for e-cig liquid is straight-up tobacco.

Why? Vaping was originally created as an alternative for traditional cigarettes, mainly for those who enjoy the taste of tobacco. And when you can find an e-cig liquid that is able to recreate tobacco’s full-bodied yet delicate flavor notes and nuances, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, then you’ve found the best ecig juice.

Recreating tobacco’s complex flavor isn’t easy, especially when it’s attempted with artificial ingredients. That’s why Black Note sticks to the real thing, extracting the essence of real tobacco leaves to flavor our vaping liquid. Not only does this avoid the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, but it also eliminates the flavoring chemicals found in many ecig juices. The end result is real tobacco taste, an authentic tobacco experience and the best flavor for ecig juice you can find.

Notice also we said the best e-cig flavor was straight-up tobacco, not plain old tobacco. Black Note’s real tobacco vaping liquid happens to come in a variety of different blends, from the light and airy to the peppery and robust. Not all tobacco is created equal, and different blends capture the specialized subtleties that make each tobacco unique.

Best Sweet Tobacco E-Juice

When it comes to sweet tobacco e-juice, your options can be broken down into two categories.

The first category contains tobacco e-juice that overlays the tobacco flavor with artificial chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fruity or other dessert-like flavorings. We wouldn’t classify any such flavors as the best tobacco e liquid, simply because they typically use chemicals and other artificial ingredients to create the tobacco taste, the sweet taste, or both.

The second category of sweet tobacco e-juice is where you’ll find the best tobacco e-liquid, sweet or otherwise. This category contains vaping liquid created using only natural flavorings, which is exactly where Black Note fits in. Instead of concocting flavors using synthetic ingredients, Black Note uses an extensive extraction process that slowly and deliberately extracts the tobacco essence from real tobacco leaves.

The result is the best tobacco e-juice: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. And if you’re going for the best sweet tobacco e liquid, we have a few tobacco blends that offer varying levels of sweetness.

Prelude is our sweetest tobacco e-liquid, containing golden Virginia tobacco. Made from fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, Sonata is our Cavendish blend with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. Solo is our menthol blend, giving you a semi-sweet minty taste created from natural menthol crystals extract from dried mint leaves.

For the best tobacco e-liquid that’s naturally sweet and remarkably delicious, Black Note is at your service.

WARNING: Black Note products are not smoking cessation products and have not been tested as such. Black Note products are intended for use by adults of legal smoking age (21 or older in California), and not by children or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Black Note products contain nicotine, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. Ingestion of the non-vaporized concentrated ingredients can be poisonous. Keep out of reach of children and pets.

WARNING: This product contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical.