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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.

What Nicotine Does to the Body
What nicotine does to the body

Think of the cigarette as a dispenser for a dose unit of nicotine… Think of a puff of smoke as a vehicle for nicotine… Smoke is beyond question the most optimized vehicle of nicotine and the cigarette the most optimized dispenser of smoke.

—William Dunn, Senior Researcher for Philip Morris Company (1972) as quoted in Hurt and Robertson (1998)

Two thousand degrees Fahrenheit. From the microblast furnace core of the burning cigarette, nicotine is vaporized and freed to quickly enter the body through the lung. Racing with the blood, it reaches the brain faster and affects the rest of the body more readily than could be achieved by intravenous injection. Even when delivered to the body ...

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