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Cigarettes, nicotine, & health : a biobehavioral approach
Kozlowski, Lynn T.
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Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage, [2001]

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xi, 192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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Smoking is one of the world′s most pressing public health problems. This up-to-date work reviews the severe problems caused by smoking and examines individual and public health approaches to reducing smoking and its attendant health problems.

Written by experts, Cigarettes, Nicotine and Health provides a broad perspective from disciplines as diverse as social and cognitive psychology, behavioral pharmacology, physiology, epidemiology, history, medicine, and public health policy.

It′s accessible style makes the book ideal for use with students in drugs and health psychology courses, as well as for psychologists, nurses, and health promotion researchers.

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This work by Kozlowski (Pennsylvania State Univ.), Henningfield (Johns Hopkins Univ.), and Brigham (SRI International, Menlo Park, California) is best described as a critical, multidisciplinary look into the multitude of factors associated with the use of tobacco products, primarily in the form of cigarettes. Topics include a history of tobacco use, why people smoke, addictive properties of nicotine, pharmacological effects of nicotine, nicotine as an addictive drug compared to that of heroin/cocaine and caffeine, unethical practices of the tobacco industry, current and past attempts to diminish cigarette usage, and what needs to be done in this regard in the future. A thorough but concise discussion of these and related topics is presented in ten chapters totaling only 158 pages. One topic, however, receives only superficial notice: the contradictory behavior of governmental bodies that subsidize tobacco products on the one hand for economic reasons but mount huge programs to limit their use for public health reasons. Although scientifically unbiased, the authors treat the tobacco industry as totally evil. Literature references are preponderantly Kozlowski's. All levels. R. S. Kowalczyk formerly, Ferris State University

Table of Contents

Why Bio-Behavioural? Why Cigarettes, Nicotine, and Health?
The History of the Use of Nicotine
A Tasty Wonder Drug for Many, if Not All, Occasions
Who Smokes and What Kills Them
What Nicotine Does to the Body
The Natural History of a Dependence Disorder
Tobacco Use as Nicotine Addiction
Smoking, Drinking and Drug-Taking
A Bio-behavioural Syndrome
'Low-Tar', 'Light' Cigarettes
Lessons from a Dangerous Boondoggle
Helping Smokers Quit
Smoking, Public Health and Policy