1614 CE
An outbreak of the plague in London popularizes smoking

During an outbreak of the plague in London, physicians recommend tobacco as a disinfectant and even state that people who smoke tobacco regularly have lower rates of infections. Use spreads among the poor as well, despite high prices.

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: Medicinal use of drugs