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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.

Helping Smokers Quit
Helping smokers quit

We cannot simply stand by and count the dead.

—World Health Organization to House of Commons, United Kingdom, 2000
Is Quitting Worth it?

A 1997 report confirmed what many people already dreaded: Longtime smokers may experience a biological change that permanently increases their risk for lung cancer. Even those who quit smoking cigarettes and do not smoke for many years are still at risk (American Council on Science and Health [ACSH], 1997). Findings indicate that smoking can cause a series of genetic changes in the lungs that accumulate over time and ultimately lead to lung cancer (Wiencke et al., 1999).

If disease may be inevitable anyway, why quit?

And if a smoker is still young, why quit now? Why not go ahead and enjoy tobacco ...

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