Smoking Pipe Museum

Tobacco is American

Olmec Figure

Tobacco's center of origin was in the Peruvian/Ecuadorean Andes about 5 thousand years ago according to Geneticists. That was the variety we call Nicotiana rustica.

This Olmec stone artifact, c.1500 BC, represents a Shaman on a vision quest. Mesoamerican Shamans smoked profuse amounts of tobacco to induce religious trances.

Therefore this artifact and others like it from southern Mexico may be the earliest known representations of people using tobacco.


Mayan Pipe
pipe carved as a woman
pipe on arched platform
flat stone pipe with tilted bowl
stone pipe in shape of a badger


member of the TAA Racine and Laramie Ltd Tobacconist BBB Business Review

Keep up with us


  • We mail insiders about events and deals. We promise to never sell your information, and we don't spam.
  • Send your name and contact information to: