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Native Americans smoked tobacco 1,000 years ago

A new study carried out by the University of California has revealed that hunter gatherers living in the Pacific Northwest 1,000 years ago were regularly smoking tobacco.

“The study demonstrates that tobacco smoking was part of the northwestern California culture very early … shortly after the earliest documented Pacific Northwest Coast plank house villages,” said the study, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science.

Testing organic residues extracted from pipes, researchers from the UCD Department of Anthropology and the Fiehn Metabolomics Laboratory of the UCD Genome Center confirmed tobacco was smoked, and likely grown in the region, by at least A.D. 860.

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Story: Karen Nikos/UC Davis News Service | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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