Smoking, Antismoking And Freedom
Cigarettes: Anatomy of an Industry from Seed to Smoke
Book Review: From If and Butts (if the link does not work, click here) by Charles Paul Freund, senior editor of Reason Magasine: "Smoking is an intrinsic part of modern culture," writes The Wall Street Journal's Tara Parker-Pope in her new book. For 500 years, smokers and tobacco makers have risked torture and even death at the hands of tobacco's enemies, so it's unlikely that a bunch of lawyers and politicians and the looming threat of deadly disease will fell either the industry or the habit. When the smoke clears from the Tobacco Wars, the last man (or woman) standing may well be a smoker with a cigarette in his (or her) hands."
"Parker-Pope deserves credit, because in a discussion as saturated with malice and falsehood as the cigarette debate, expressing even a banal truth requires courage. But don't let the passage fool you: This is the last paragraph of her book, and there is precious little like it in the 167 pages that precede it. ... "In other words, Parker-Pope recognizes the futility of this crusade, and the kind of information that would make the current debate sensible. Hers is not a bad book, but it could have been a better one if only she'd written it backwards."
|For Your Own Good: The Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health
The much-anticipated book by Jacob Sullum is finally available. Here is another courageous look at the antismoking crusade, its methods, agendas, and excesses. Click here for reviews.
|The Faber Book of Smoking
With contributions from the likes of Sir Walter Raleigh and Kenneth Williams, Samuel Johnson and Helen Fielding, The Faber Book of Smoking tells the fascinating story of one of humankind's most persistent and peculiar habits. The result is a rich, lively and unexpectedly funny anthology.
Published by Faber and Faber Limited, London, England
Smoking and Liberty
This is the latest book by Pierre Lemieux, a thoughtful, outspoken and articulate defender of free choice. What is all the fuss about smoking as a "rights" issue? Lemieux turns his attention to the tobacco control debate in Smoking and Liberty: Government as a Public Health Problem. For more information about the book, click here.
"I've read this book twice and it still amazes. The New York Times condemned nicotine's 'disastrous effects' in 1879? Anti-tobacco campaigns are more than a century old? Cigarettes were thought perilous because of their link to sex? Cigarette Wars surprises, informs, and shakes convictions (or mine, at least) in prose as lucid as it is engaging. It's a hell of a story." -- Paul Solman, Economics Correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
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In Defense of Smokers
In this on-line publication, concerned smoker Lauren Colby explores and debunks many of the claims and rationale of the antismoking movement.