Tobacco in History and Culture: An Encyclopedia is a single authoritative encyclopedia on every aspect of tobacco, one of the world's most pervasive substances. We expect this encyclopedia to be used by a wide variety of groups. While it is a useful resource for high school and college curricula in courses on history, business, health, and political science, it is also a scholarly resource for those doing research related to tobacco and its history.
Entries cover the scientific aspects of tobacco, its botany, chemistry, and pharmacology. Here the reader will find out what the tobacco plant is, how it grows, and the chemicals it makes. Special attention is given to nicotine, the plant's psychoactive ingredient. Some chemicals are present in the plant but others are produced when tobacco is burned. These, too, are discussed in the encyclopedia, with the most up-to-date information available.
September 13, 2010