Tobacco was doomed to fail from the beginning. Not only did it have a limited subset of people to sell to, but it was constantly being bombarded with criticism.
- The biggest problem for tobacco was that not everyone used it, meaning that before even starting to sell it, there was already a significant disadvantage.
- Much of the tobacco was exported to Europe, where tobacco could be sold at a higher price.
- King James I was very against tobacco use, to the point of issuing A Counterblaste to Tobacco.
- The Counterblaste expressed his dislike of tobacco smoking, and even warned about its dangerous side effects to the lungs.
- Neither of these had noticeable effects on the sales of tobacco, but they both undoubtedly did nothing to help the lost cause.