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Unlucky Strike: Private Health and the Science, Law and Politics of Smoking

Unlucky Strike: Private Health and the Science, Law and Politics of Smoking

Private Health and the Science, Law and Politics of Smoking

by John Staddon and David Hockney
Paperback
Publication Date: 10/01/2014
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Remember fifty years ago when everyone smoked?

Since tobacco found its way into Europe in the sixteenth century, smoking has been a controversial issue. Fifty years ago, almost everyone smoked, and fifty years before that, smokers were in the doghouse; up until the early twentieth century, cigarettes were illegal in a number of U.S. states.



Needless to say, smoking has always been a ready source of revenue. It has also been a source of health concerns, both real and imagined.

This mixture of pleasure, money and risk that comes with the act of smoking means that it's rarely treated fairly by politicians, health professionals or the public. Nowadays, tough anti-smoking laws are to be obeyed in most corners of the globe.



The misinformation about, and unreasoning hostility directed at, smoking and smokers is one of the major concerns of this book. After all, smoking has no public cost. Isn't it just the individual smokers who are at risk?


Prompted by this burgeoning fascination, Staddon looks further into the facts. And the more he looks, the weaker the case against smoking as a public health issue becomes.


Is ETS really dangerous to children? And if so, how can science prove it? And if smoking has no public cost and the medical case for third-party harm is weak, why are smokers still being victimised?


In this provocative, thought-provoking book, Staddon is determined to uncover the truth about smoking. But the truth's not always pretty.
ISBN:
9781908684370
9781908684370
Category:
Medical & healthcare law
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
10-01-2014
Publisher:
The University of Buckingham Press
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
176
Dimensions (mm):
230x160x10mm
Weight:
0.21kg
David Hockney

Hockney himself is present in every aspect of the publication. He collaborated closely through all production stages and conceived of this book as a purely visual survey of more than 450 works prefaced by a handwritten programmatic statement.

As an artist who rarely looks back, the vast volume is as much his own personal review as it is a definitive record for art lovers all over the world. “I don’t tend to live in the past,” he comments, “Working on this book, I see quite how much I have done.”

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