Yes, certain mummies of Egypt have traces of nicotine, that much has been proven, but there is no way to tell if it is tabacco or any of the other plants that naturally contain nicotine. So that's kind of a hollow argument to start with. Then again this has been discussed ad nauseum in other threads, there is little proof against the statement, but there is even less proof for it.
@ SlimJim22 : There is no such thing as Hittite-Minoan, they're two different scripts and even two very different languages. Using it together and making one language out of it is, I'm sorry, nonsense.
Besides, the Phoenicians did not navigate to the american continent, for starters, their vessels did not allow for it. According to the Greek writers, Phoenician merchant ships were of a broad, round make, what our sailors would call "tubs," resembling probably the Dutch fishing-boats of a century ago. They were impelled both by oars and sails, but depended mainly on the latter.
Each of them had a single mast of moderate height, to which a single sail was attached;10 this was what in modern times is called a "square sail," a form which is only well suited for sailing with when the wind is directly astern. It was apparently attached to the yard, and had to be hoisted together with the yard, along which it could be closely reefed, or from which it could be loosely shaken out. It was managed, no doubt, by ropes attached to the two lower corners, which must have been held in the hands of sailors, as it would have been most dangerous to belay them. As long as the wind served, the merchant captain used his sail; when it died away, or became adverse, he dropped yard and sail on to his deck, and made use of his oars.