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March 3 2013

Tobacco smoked in ancient California, researchers find


Six hundred years before cigarettes were sold at Pleasanton's Safeway, much earlier Californians were smoking tobacco in the same area.

UC Davis researchers have found nicotine in ancient pipes excavated from an Ohlone burial site in Pleasanton at the corner of Bernal Road and Highway 680, a discovery that deepens the history of humans' long relationship with tobacco.

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