Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 51

Tobacco

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 08, 2006 on The History Channel
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Tobacco
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Discovered around 18,000 years ago, tobacco was first cultivated in the Andes between 5000 and 3000 B.C. At a modern tobacco farm in North Carolina, a farmer will show how the crop is harvested and cured and visit the Fuente cigar plantation in the Dominican Republic. While tobacco has brought pleasure to countless smokers the world over--it has sent millions to an early grave. In an interview with the Surgeon General, explore this leading public health issue. The show will also look at smokeless methods of consumption as well as explore the use of nicotine replacement therapy.moreless
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      • Narrator: It's a vegetable but it provides no nourishment. It was a native cure long before it became a known carcinogen. The first President of the United States, George Washington, grew it, the 18th President Ulysses S. Grant died from smoking it. For some it's a source of communion, pleasure and sustenance, others see it as pure poison. It's the most contradictory of crops. Now: Tobacco, on Modern Marvels.

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      • Commentators:

        Iain Gately
        Author, Tobacco: A Cultural History

        Doug Lee
        Tobacco Farmer

        Carlos Fuente Jr.
        President, Tabacalera A. Fuente & Co.

        Billy Yeargin
        Tobacco Historian

        Richard Carmona, MD
        Surgeon General, 2002-2006

        Jeffrey Wigand, PhD
        Former Tobacco Executive

        Neal Benowitz, MD
        Chief, Clinical Pharmacology, UCSF

        Sam Learned
        Pipe Maker

        Craig Tarter
        Owner, Cornell & Diehl, Inc

        Patrik Hildingsson
        VP New Business Development, Swedish Match

        Gerry Roerty
        VP & General Counsel, Swedish Match

        Lisa Kroon
        Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, UCSF

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