Islamic beliefs and practices in tobacco control
Islam began in the Middle East nine centuries before the tobacco plant was introduced into Europe. Tobacco use was therefore not part of the religious rules during the establishment of the religion in the seventh century. Information on tobacco appeared in Islamic literature only after 1606. The Islamic world therefore met tobacco about 1000 years after the birth of this religion. Understanding and acceptance of tobacco use was developed by religious leaders only after the seventeenth century, within the general rules for evaluating attitudes in Islam.