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Three days later, Columbus met a solitary Native American in a canoe, he also offered the dried leaves, and made a great show of his offering. No doubt the Europeans wondered why the dried leaves were so highly valued.
The following month, two sailors, Rodrigo de Jerez and Luis de Torres were sent on a three day expedition across Cuba. They reported how the Natives wrapped tobacco in "a musket formed of paper," and after lighting one end inhaled smoke through the other. Jerez and Torres became the first Europeans to smoke tobacco. Rodrigo de Jerez became a confirmed tobacco smoker; probably the first European to become addicted to nicotine.