The Spokesman-Review 

Research finds Nez Perce tobacco use pre-dates trappers


November 4, 2018

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Nez Perce Indians grew and smoked tobacco long before white traders and settlers arrived in the Pacific Northwest, new research from Washington State University has revealed.

By testing stone pipes for nicotine residue, the researchers determined the Nez Perce were cultivating wild strains of tobacco 1,200 years ago in the warm, dry climate along the Snake River.

The research represents the "longest continuous biomolecular record" of tobacco smoking from a single region in the world, the study's authors wrote in an article published Monday in the Proceeding of the Nationa...

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