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Tobacco Industry and Smoking
Facts on File | 2004-03 | ISBN: 0816054509 | 320 pages | PDF | 1,4 MB

The U.S. Surgeon General views smoking as the nation's number one public health problem, and cigarette smoking is the single largest preventable cause of premature death in the United States today. Estimates of the number of yearly deaths from smoking-related causes exceed 400,000 (about one-sixth of all deaths), and yet 23 percent of the population in 2000 smoked. Despite falling cigarette use in past decades, young people today continue to adopt the habit at about the same rate as they did 10 years ago.

Tobacco Industry and Smoking addresses the many serious and controversial questions related to the problem of smoking in the United States: Is the tobacco industry responsible for the harm of cigarettes? Should the goal of improving population health override individual freedom in the choice to smoke? Should the government regulate tobacco as much as it regulates other drugs? Have tobacco ads manipulated consumers, particularly those at young ages, into adopting a harmful product? This broad overview, reference resource, and research guide will help students, teachers, and librarians as well as counselors, health care workers, government advocates, and members of the public answer these questions and gain a better understanding of the impact of smoking on their lives.

Coverage includes:

* Information on the history of tobacco use in America
* An examination of the legal issues related to cigarette smoking, including laws banning smoking in public bars and restaurants as well as the responsibilities of cigarette makers
* Excerpts from such documents as Food and Drug Administration, et al., Petitioners v. Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corporation, et al., and the Food and Drug Administration's nicotine regulations.

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