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Nicotine found in hair of Chilean mummies

Nicotine has been found in the hair of Chilean mummies dating back between 100 B.C. to 1450 A.D. Additionally, nicotine consumption occurred on a society-wide basis, irrespective of social status and wealth, researchers say. The finding refutes the popular view that the group living in this region smoked tobacco for just a

Tobacco found in Maya container

Archaeologists have found traces of nicotine inside a 1,300-year-old Mayan vessel. The approximately two-and-a-half-inch wide and high clay vessel bears Mayan hieroglyphics, reading “the home of his/her tobacco.” The vessel, part of the large Kislak Collection housed at the Library of Congress, was made around 700 A.D. in the region of