This book presents a counter-view, based on a survey of several thousand young persons and adults, probing attitudes, beliefs, feelings, and perceptions of risk associated with smoking. The authors agree that young smokers give little or no thought to health risks or the problems of addiction. The survey data contradicts the model of informed, rational choice and underscores the need for aggressive policies to counter tobacco firms’ marketing and promotional efforts and to restrict youth access to tobacco. 

A Profile of Smokers and Smoking

A profile of smokers and smoking

Carried from the New World to Europe, tobacco was first prescribed as a cure for the “Pockes” (Wagner, 1971, p. 11). In 1604, writing in a treatise titled A Counter-Blaste to Tobacco, England's King James I dismissed claims about tobacco's curative powers and instead condemned the smoking of tobacco as “a custom loathsome to ...

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