1697 CE
Ruler Peter the Great removes ban on consumption and sale of tobacco

In 1697, Peter the Great picked up the smoking habit while travelling in Western Europe. He is then urged by the King of England to revoke the current Russian ban on smoking and the entry of tobacco into the country. In February, Peter the Great issues an edict allowing the consumption of tobacco as well as its open sale.

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

Drugs: Tobacco
Regions: Russia
Topics: Cultivation, production and trade