Dean Snyder has been reflecting on tobacco and Methodism. He offers a bunch of interesting anecdotes about the history of the leaf and the churches that would become the United Methodist Church. You do know about Duke University, yes?
He also asks for help.
I’d be curious to know when and where during Methodism’s history in America, the use of tobacco was more acceptable and when it was more likely to be prohibited. The scattered data I am aware of seems a bit unclear but I suspect our policies and practices have not always been as anti-tobacco as we tend now to represent them as having been.
If you know the answer, hop over to his blog and help him out.