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Cigarettes, Nicotine, and Health

Cigarettes, Nicotine, and Health
A Biobehavioral Approach

April 2001 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

When smokers inhale smoke into their lungs, they take the drug nicotine into their bodies and brains, where it affects how the smokers feel and act. When smokers display their cigarettes, they are saying something symbolic and personal about themselves. And when smokers smoke, they put themselves at risk, often knowingly, of early disability or death.

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.

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

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