1604 CE
King James I of England condems tobacco in a pamphlet titled A Counterblast to Tobacco

King James anonymously publishes a pamphlet that condemns tobacco. The King frames tobacco use as a moral sin and refutes its medicinal virtues. In the same year, James increases the tax on tobacco imports from Virginia to discourage its use.

Source: Austin, G. A. et al. (1979). Perspectives on the history of psychoactive substance use. NIDA.

Drugs: Tobacco
Regions: UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
Topics: Taxation and regulation