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The War on Smokers and the Rise of the Nanny State Paperback – June 8, 2005
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About the Author
Theodore J. King has worked in local, state, and national politics for almost thirty years. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He has written on federal matters for The Oklahoma Constitution newspaper since 2000. He resides in Rogers County with his family and several dogs.
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He draws heavily upon news sources and political documents, and he references everything carefully, but he manages to do it in a way that maintains a high level of interest in the reading. He's a talented writer who's able to present solid information in a form that flows and pulls a reader onward, rather than in a manner that simply plods along and makes one feel like they're having information drilled into their eyes by force.
As with the other books that have been written in this area, including my own, this book shouldn't be taken as a stand-alone to fully grasp the extent and damage of the modern campaign against smoking, but as a solid introduction to the entire story in accessible form I think it's one of the best available. Read it, enjoy it, get angry at the manipulations he points out and explains, and then read some more and get involved in the fight. It *is* a war, and it's a war against a vulnerable and unorganized minority group. Antismoking forces like to paint it as a battle between the innocent children and Big Tobacco. In reality it's far more a battle between a powerful, established, and very well-funded Prohibitionist-oriented lobby and a group of innocent people who are being far too heavily persecuted for a choice that anyone should be free to make if they wish.
Michael J. McFadden
Author of Dissecting Antismokers' Brains