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The History of Smoking Quiz
by Staff
The joys, fears, acceptance and prohibition of tobacco have accompanied the habit since it first became fashionable in the best houses of Europe. Take this quiz to see how much you know about the history of smoking.

In Aztec mythology, what type of goddess was literally made of tobacco leaves?

  • harvest maiden
  • childbirth and fertility goddess
  • earth mother

What activity did tobacco facilitate among North American plains Indians?

  • trade
  • war
  • marriage

Which Elizabethan figure is credited with spreading the popularity of smoking in England?

  • William Shakespeare
  • Sir Francis Drake
  • Sir Walter Raleigh

Did Sir Walter Raleigh's servant really throw ale in his face to put out the fire from his pipe?

  • Yes, it's a documented historical fact.
  • It's probably just a myth.
  • It's been proven that it never happened.

How long did it take for smoking to go from miracle cure to daily habit in England?

  • 50 years
  • 75 years
  • 100 years

True or false: Because of strong cultural values, people in some countries never took up smoking.

  • true
  • false

True or false: The public health campaigns of the 20th century raised the first fears about the consequences of smoking.

  • true
  • false

Rulers who tried to ban smoking in the 17th century did so primarily for what reason?

  • health concerns
  • economic issues
  • concern for the social order

What phrase did Lucky Strike use to market cigarettes to women during the 1920s?

  • "The Homemaker's Companion"
  • "The Torch of Freedom"
  • "Lady Luck"

During the 1950s, the peak of the smoking culture in America, what percentage of adults reported that they smoked?

  • 45 percent
  • 60 percent
  • 85 percent