on 26 March 2015
This is a very good book for anyone interested in the 'smoking controversy' as it was called some 50-60 years ago. What started as a reasonable scientific inquiry around 1950 - lung cancer rates were in a steep rise in the first half of 20th century which paralleled the rise in cigarette consumption - has evolved into the present day web of junk science, politics, deceit and lies. I can't think of any other example of brainwashing that has been going on for so long, all over the globe, and from the most authoritative sources in the medical and political world. It all started with some very flawed statistical studies - the old saying 'there are lies, damned lies and statistics' comes to mind - that supposedly showed that heavy cigarette smokers were at increased risk of getting lung cancer. Nowadays we're told that even one cigarette a day is bad for you and thousands are dying from passive smoking induced cancers of all sorts. Not only that, but smoking 'causes' almost every illness known to man, from cervical cancer to bladder cancer, from erectile dysfunction to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). How did we get from what almost everyone knows intuitively, that excessive consumption of anything is potentially harmful, therefore excessive cigarette smoking may be harmful to your lungs - think 'smokers' cough' - to the present day bizarre claims that the mainstream media and almost anyone believe without giving it a second thought ? You'll find the answer is in this book.
on 2 August 2013
A must read book for smokers, non-smokers, and even anti-smokers!
Rich does an amazing job in his efforts to level the playing field by exposing the propaganda, junk science, and downright blatant lies which we're exposed to by the anti-smoking industry on an almost daily basis. A real eye-opener for anyone interested in tobacco, science, junk-science and even politics!
on 7 June 2012
Whether you smoke or not, this book is a must-read! In-depth research, well-written, and no axe to grind. It's good to know that not everyone is fooled by the propaganda. The only problem with this book is that you will end up buying more copies, because you want to recommend it to everyone you know! I found it easy to read, although it DID require a lot of attention, but as the content was fascinating, that wasn't an issue. Brilliantly executed, will have a place on my bookshelf for years to come!
on 14 September 2010
Rich White takes you along the path of the anti tobacco movement and makes it easy for you to understand how a few anti tobacco zealots have created a power base from which they hope, eventually, to rid society of tobacco altogether. Educational throughout, you won't want to put this book down until you have read every page. A tremendous investigative and authoritive piece of work and a must read.