Rural Development Minister Giorgos Karasmanis inaugurated on Sunday an exhibition on the oriental tobacco in Greece. The event took place at Piraeus Bank’s Congress Center in Thessaloniki.
The exhibition entitled “Tobacco/101 notes on oriental tobacco” presents the history of Greek tobacco and an important period of the country’s modern history through a variety of objects and photographs from private and public collections.
From the needles used in the stringing of the leaves, the spiking process in the villages, the “tonga” process for bundling tobacco leaves and the wooden chests used in commercial processing, to the leading tobacco warehouses of northern Greece and the intricately made cigarette cases and packs in Athens and Thessaloniki, visitors will learn about one of the major agricultural Greek exports.
Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris, who attended the exhibition opening, expressed the need for a tobacco museum in the city.
The exhibition will be held until November 2. It will be open from 8 am to 9 pm on weekdays, 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday and 6 pm to 9 pm on Sunday.