Chapter 1: FROM DEVILS WEED TO SOLDIER'S FRIENDThey who smoke tobacco can be compared only to men possessed, who are in need of exorcizing. While their throats belch forth the stinking, poisonous fumes, they remain nonetheless thralls to the tobacco fiend to whom they cling with an idolatrous devotion, exalting him as their god above all others, and striving to entice all they meet to imitate their folly. One thing at least it teaches them, the better to endure the reek of hell.
-- Johann Michael Moscherosch, 1650DRINKING SMOKE
Rodrigo de Jerez, who accompanied Christopher Columbus on his first voyage...