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The Art of Suppression: Pleasure, Panic and Prohibition Since 1800 Paperback – 3 Oct 2011
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The story of sabre rattling temperance lobbyists who succeeded and failed to prohibit alcohol. The criminalisation of opiates, and Western prejudices against the ancient Chinese habit. The paradoxical EU ban on snus. Snus is oral tobacco, something which I would recommend to my father who has tried many times to give up smoking. Smoking may kill him. Snus might stop him from killing us. Snus is probably the solution. Politicians who are genuinely interested in harm reduction need to lift the ban.
The unintended consequences of drugs and alcohol policy is something the general public rarely consider. A "Just ban it" attitude, requires less thought than actually considering if a ban will actually work and what other effects might arise.
If ecstasy was still legal, would the West kids experimenting with "meow meow" ? From experience I can tell you that ecstasy is superior in every way. "Equacy" is far more dangerous, and I rather enjoy that too. A cocktail of ecstacy and equacy could easily prove to be lethal, but horses are very empathic aren't they?
Did Iceland's ban on beer and not spirits, turn them into the nation with the highest level of alcoholism per capita?
If snus was legal in the UK, would people switch their method of taking nicotine? Would this prevent ten of thousands deaths per year? After reading Mr Snowdon's book, I am convinced it would. The evidence is there.
An excellent and enjoyable read. A must read for anyone interested in public health policy and harm reduction.
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Just as with his classic "Velvet Glove, Iron Fist: A History of Antismoking," the author combines a relaxed "storytelling" style with hard historical facts, scientific analysis, and a look at the relevant health, social, and economic statistics. It's an approach to historical writing that helps the substance of the material and the insights gained stick in a readers head, and it's an approach that's far too rarely used. Snowdon does it successfully and with good style!
Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the realities of substance abuse and the historical efforts, and particularly the failures of those efforts, against it.
If you enjoyed that book and it's compact but engaging history of smoking and the anti-smoking movement you will no doubt enjoy this book.
He tackles such diverse yet intertwined subjects as the EU's ban on oral tobacco,the beginnings of prohibition of alcohol in the US and the prohibition of designer highs or club drugs.
What begins as a short journey through a world so far away hits very close to home as Chris shows us that all throughout time this has been a way to control others.
By making these things illegal it is truly a moral crusade and not something based on the desire for the well being of others.
Chris Snowdon tackles such hard hitting topics with a light touch.
A wonderful and deeply engrossing read.