Since the 17th Century, tobacco has been one of the greatest sources of income for the colonialist and imperialist countries, and as a result of this, millions of people, from tobacco manufacturers to smokers, have lost their lives. Tobacco was first introduced to the Europe of the era and the Ottoman Empire by British merchants. In the 17th, 18th, 19th, and even in the 20th Centuries, particularly the USA and many British colonial countries labored hard to meet the world's tobacco demand. Egypt, Australia, Jamaica, Nigeria, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Songea, Rhodesia and Borneo as well as Iran, which was at the time within the British sphere of influence, all turned into vast tobacco plantations. The tobacco manufactured in the colonies was purchased cheap and sold to the world for extravagant prices. During this dark period, from the Caribbean to the Far East Asia, a great majority of the world's population became a part of this cycle as either tobacco manufacturers or consumers.
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