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1798 Pipe at the National Maritime Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "Smoking tobacco had become popular in Europe by the early 17th century, with the pipe becoming the most common way of inhaling (‘drinking’) the smoke. Few women smoked, but, amongst men, tobacco smoking was found at all levels of society. The importation of tobacco provided valuable duty for the government, whilst making merchants such as Glasgow’s ‘Tobacco Lords’ very rich."