Tobacco as a Medicine

Tobacco as medicineTobacco was first brought to Europe by the Portuguese and Spanish conquistadors in the mid-16th century.

The first Finnish records referring to the import of tobacco and pipes date from 1637. Tobacco was initially perceived as a medicine and it was considered a suitable treatment for many complaints, such as ague, scurvy and chronic amnesia; some people were convinced that it prevented them for catching the plague. In Holland, tobacco had been used purely as a stimulant by the 1620s. A large entrance gate, a double panelled door, into a yard with board fence some 14 cubits long and six cubits high. The gate and fence are marbled with oil colours.