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.
Best book in defence of tobacco use period. Goes through all major arguments and studies.....So much to appreciate in this book and its well written..kindle version price is amazing. I have read most published works on the subject and i highly recommended this one for people with open mind....
In addition to blowing away the 'smoke screen' of lies and propaganda about smoking, reading this book is also an education in how to 'unpack' media lies and statistical nonsense designed to befuddle readers or listeners. Very good read.
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!
Fascinating book which gave a total twist on the usual accepted view that smoking is dreadful and a killer of the masses. Whilst you may disagree with the views presented in the book it does make you think twice about the objectives of anti smoking measures and organisations involved in stopping the spread of tobacco use.
Good read and really clears up some of the lies and scaremongering from anti tobacco,although I'm convinced smoking is not exactly healthy.....I'm not entirely convinced it's as unhealthy as it's made out to be!!
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!
Rich White has charted himself a difficult road to walk in Smoke Screens: The Truth About Tobacco, but he walks it well and if you join him you'll learn a lot as you go along.
Most of those who have fought the 800 million dollar a year "Tobacco Control Lobby" in recent years have done so on the basis of their wildly spurious claims about the "deadly risks" of wisps of secondary smoke in the air. It's a relatively easy fight to win if you can find an audience with minds open enough to listen because the lies are so easily exposed and the nonsense so easily swept aside. The only thing keeping the smoke-banners ahead of the game is the enormous money-pot they can dip into and the non-existent financial resources of their opposition. Those opposing smoking bans are "forbidden" to even touch support from Big Tobacco or face the risk that their arguments will be simply dismissed without a hearing. Unfortunately, without that support they never even get to grab the microphone and so the only ones generally heard from are the ban supporters. Meanwhile Big T. itself is so terrified of lawsuits in a highly charged negative environment that they're usually afraid to voice the mildest squeak of protest against even the wildest medical accusations.
In Smoke Screens Rich White has entered territory that many Free-Choice advocates have avoided: taking up the challenge of fighting the Antismokers at their strongest point -- their claims of the harm of smoking to smokers themselves. His dedication and hard work in gathering and organizing evidence has paid off and while he may not convince every reader he'll certainly spur them to think a bit more about what they've basically been hearing since they've been in the cradle. The author reminds his audience that while the cute little sound bite, "You Smoke: You Die." may be true, that "You Don't Smoke: You Die." is also true. Medicine has gotten caught up in witch hunts and beliefs in its omniscience in the past and Rich puts forth the argument that its crusade against smoking will eventually be shown to be largely built of the same material that predicted millions of deaths from Mad Cow Disease and warned us of the deadliness of butter.
He writes clearly and in an engaging style, presenting facts to support his arguments and presenting those arguments in a straightforward way while avoiding the tedium of simply citing reams of numbers and blocks of repetitive references. He makes an argument that's very hard to make and not all will agree with it, but it's an argument that *does* need to be made. Even those with the most rock-solid belief in the concept that "Smoking Equals Death!" should walk away after his book with at least a little doubt in their minds: things are not always what we are told they are.