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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.

Tobacco Use as Nicotine Addiction
Tobacco use as nicotine addiction

I'd rather give up heroin than smokes.

—Anonymous client, Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario, 1988

The terms addicts and addiction have a secure place in the popular culture. When we talk of television junkies, jogging nuts, drug addicts, compulsive gamblers, chocoholics, obsessive Net surfers, or alcoholics, we make some use of the concept of addiction. The term addiction has never applied just to drug use. In fact, although the Oxford English Dictionary (Murray, Bradley, Craigre, & Onions, 1933) records that the label was applied to wine and tobacco consumption in the 18th century, it also cites the use of the terms addicted and addiction to describe the compulsion to dance, read, obtain money, and preserve virginity. Thus, for ...

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