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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.

“Low-Tar,” “Light” Cigarettes: Lessons from a Dangerous Boondoggle
“Low-tar,” “light” cigarettes: Lessons from a dangerous boondoggle

The cigarette that takes the FEAR out of smoking.

—Advertising slogan, Philip Morris Cigarettes, 1954

Wherever the disease risks of smoking are well-known, filtered cigarettes or lower-tar and lower-nicotine cigarettes are promoted as less hazardous or safer. It seems sensible that, if tar is bad for a smoker, then a cigarette that produces less tar would be less harmful both to the individual smoker and society. Low-tar cigarettes (< 15 mg standard tar) are now the best-selling cigarettes in the United States. Nonetheless, the low-tar cigarette is a boondoggle—a scam—that gives smokers a false sense of security and keeps many health-conscious smokers from trying to quit smoking.

Cigarettes are called “low-tar” and “light” ...

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