1634 CE
Tobacco prohibition takes place in Russia

In 1634, Tsar Michael issues an edict that prohibits anyone from smoking or trading tobacco. Users or vendors who are found to violate this rule are to be punished with a knout (an instrument made of a bunch of rawhide thongs attached to a long handle) for a first time offense, while repeat offenders are exiled to Siberia. A special court is established to deal with smokers/venders who disobey the rule.

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

Drugs: Tobacco
Regions: Russia
Topics: Prohibition