Tobacco is available world-wide and is consumed by a lot of people in a regular basis. From chewing tobacco to cigarettes that can used to smoke tobacco there are plenty of ways one can consume tobacco today. The tobacco trade is really high with a lot of companies competing in a global level. Nicotine which is present in tobacco product is what attracts people into using it. A production of 6.7 million tons an year is recorded for various tobacco products with China being the highest producing country consisting of nearly forty percentage of total global production. Brazil, India and United States of America are other major producers of Tobacco.
Although according to history records the tobacco plants are native to the United States of America. Today tobacco is grown in a global level and the trade of tobacco is really active. The tobacco trade is started by European sailors who first transported tobacco from American continents to Europe in the 1500s. Tobacco reached Europe as a cure for a lot of health issues and was believed to have numerous benefits when consumed. These believe boosted the spread of tobacco in Europe and a lot of places in Europe started to grow their own tobacco plants. The popularity in Europe helped tobacco trade to spread in to other regions and eventually tobacco became common among all communities.
Australia first received the taste of tobacco from the fisherman of Indonesia who visited the colonies in the region. Later on the trade of tobacco products from Europe started and more and more people started consuming tobacco. The colonisation in Australia bought in the British behaviour in tobacco usage. In the earlier time after colonisation tobacco usage was only among some groups. Eventually almost everyone was using tobacco.
Smoking was the most common way of consuming tobacco from the early days of trade. Cigarettes were not available until 1800s, so pipes where used to smoke tobacco. Although other regions like in the United States of America preferred chewing tobacco, the Australian population were more into smoking. After cigarette production started, Australians started to shift into smoking cigarettes instead of using pipes. The cheap and easy to smoke nature of cigarettes made it more popular among smokers. The high usage of cigarettes where continued from 1800s until the early 21st century. Today as the harmful effect of smoking are known e-cigarettes are becoming more common as they are safer that cigarettes.
The latest in the evolution of tobacco usage stands e-cigarettes and e-liquids. The need for a safer alternative to cigarettes is what leads to the production of e-cigarettes. These portable devices are battery powered and produce vapour instead of smoke making it much healthier. E-liquid is heated inside the device to produce the vapour. More and more people are eventually moving in to these devices and the market is getting much bigger. Today the Australian market has a lot of models of e-cigarettes to choose from and is completely legal to smoke one in areas where smoking is not legally prohibited.