“Are you allowed to be European if you don’t smoke?” someone in the States asked me recently. It’s a good question. Without cigarettes would the French be so French, Bond so Bond, or Churchill so Churchill?
That said, Europe hasn’t always been smoke-filled. According to a history of smoking found on the Internet, in the course of discovering America, explorers also discovered tobacco. The first recorded European smoker, explorer Rodrigo de Jerez, made history in 1493 when he was