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Smoking is one of the world’s most pressing public health problems. Cigarettes, Nicotine, and Health reviews the severe problems caused by smoking and examines individual and public health approaches to reducing smoking and its attendant health problems. Cigarettes are the most popular, most addictive, and most deadly form of tobacco use, with cigarette design contributing directly to the dangers of smoking; most of the book focuses on this predominant form of nicotine use.

The History of the Use of Nicotine: A Tasty Wonder Drug for Many, if Not All, Occasions
The history of the use of nicotine: A tasty wonder drug for many, if not all, occasions

Gods would have revell'd at their feats of Mirth

With this pure distillation of the Earth;

The Marrow of the World, Star of the West,

The Pearl whereby this lower Orb is blest;

The Joy of Mortals, Umpire of all Strife,

Delight of Nature, Mithradate1 of Life;

The daintiest dish of a delicious feast,

By taking which Man differs from a beast.

“The Smoky Magic” Anonymous (poem from early 1600s) (Partington, 1925, p. 159)

When cured in the right way, a leaf of tobacco looks like gold. It folds like money, and a deep, sweet, rich smell rises from it. ...

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