Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : February 28, 2012
- File Size : 7674 KB
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- Print Length : 774 pages
- Publisher : University of California Press; 1st Edition (February 28, 2012)
- ASIN : B007FD2RJM
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- Language: : English
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- Best Sellers Rank: #919,472 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Still, I am learning a great deal from this meticulously-documented book, which articulates the pervasive history of an industry that survives only by addicting children while their brains are developing. I thought I was reasonably familiar with the tactics and the people involved. I was wrong - almost every page reveals more examples. It is especially upsetting to read of the vast number of well-known people who have cooperated with the tobacco industry, even in recent years.
I repeat just one of many horribly-fascinating quotes (p.114), from Bob Herbert's interview with David Goerlitz, the "Winston Man."
'Goerlitz then asked whether any of the company's executives smoke and got this answer: "Are you kidding? We reserve that right for the poor, the young, the black and the stupid."
Tobacco marketeers seem the best in the world, terrifically inventive, but not in a good way. Pitting their skills against the judgement of children seems an unfair match. I'm learning they have been far more inventive than I thought. Adults can do as they wish, but very few adults start smoking and keep doing it. The typical age when adult smokers first started has moved down from the late teens to early teens. Proctor traces the various marketing campaigns that accomplished that goal (pp.71-83).
Proctor also discusses an odd connection of tobacco and climate change (pp.516-518). Tobacco production, distribution and use has a surprisingly high CO2 footprint, starting with cutting trees not just to grow tobacco but to cure it. Perhaps worse, tobacco pioneered many of the disinformation and doubt-creating tactics found pervasively today around environmental issues, as per Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming . Many of the main thinktanks involved in such activities turn out to have long histories of getting money from tobacco companies to help them. (Thank you, tobacco archives. It is a wonderful resource, as Proctor notes.)
The book's blurbs are from real experts, so I can add little, but to say this is very important book.
It will upset people ... and people should be upset.
Just checked back in to copy the link to this book and discovered to my consternation that the price for both the Kindle and book editions has increased exponentially. Why? What possible reason could justify such and increase in price, especially for the digital version? This is too important a book to be priced out of reach for most readers.
I started smoking at age four. Just candy cigarettes. That's just one way the filthy tobacco industry got us children hooked in the 1950's.
I'm only half way through the book, but guarantee that by the time I finish the book, I will have quit for good. (I still smoke 4 a day).
I'm learning too much. The tobacco industry deliberately kills people to make a buck. Even today they still target children here and abroad. They own congress, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
And while you're reading the book, go online and look at some of the pictures of cancer patients caused by smoking.
Half, (as in 50%)of us will die from smoking related causes. Did you know that one?
It is all here in alli it's gory glory. Although America no longer makes cars and TV's very well, it takes sadistic pride in selling billions of cancer sticks world wide. As one RJReynolds executive told a Winston model: "We don't use that s***. We reserve that right to the young, the poor, the Black and the stupid."