Ending the Tobacco Holocaust: How the Tobacco Industry Affects Your Health, Pocketbook and Political Freedom-and What You Can Do

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"Every day, at least 1,191 Americans die before their time. They die painful, lingering deaths that could have been prevented. Every three days, as many citizens die from their own smoking habit, or from exposure to second-hand smoke, as died in the Sept. 11 tragedy. Each and every pack of cigarettes costs American taxpayers $40 in higher medical premiums, unavailability of health services, and other hidden financial drains. And every year, 925 out of every 1,000 smokers who try to quit on their own fail to stay smoke-free for a year-while hundreds of thousands of children become addicted to nicotine.

Dr. Michael Rabinoff, a respected psychiatrist who holds two patents and has published repeatedly in the New England Journal of Medicine and other top-flight journals, shows the health and financial suicide we commit by allowing tobacco companies to continue doing business as usual-and, like any good doctor, provides a detailed prescription for what to do about it: simple actions you can take to save the lives of millions around the world."

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Publishers Weekly

Almost everyone knows that smoking is bad. But thanks to political lobbies, misinformation campaigns and billions of advertising dollars spent by tobacco companies each year, it is hard to know just how bad. Psychiatrist Rabinoff goes a long way toward clarifying the questions surrounding the number one leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., responsible for about 450,000 deaths here each year. Nonsmokers will likely fume over Big Tobacco's cunning strategies for keeping people addicted—particularly children, who are tomorrow's smokers, after all. Smokers may feel browbeaten by Rabinoff's sometimes hyperbolic writing style. For aspiring nonsmokers, there are reasons to quit on nearly every page, whether political (e.g., collusion between the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries; how cigarettes are pushed to children overseas) or scientific (how cigarettes are chemically altered to heighten addiction, and the causality between smoking and mental illness). The evidence Rabinoff amasses is overwhelming, making this recommended reading for anyone who wants to quit. B&w photos. $25,000 marketing budget.(Mar.)

Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal

California psychiatrist Rabinoff provides a torrent of data and statistics in a passionate attempt to educate the public about the health and economic consequences of tobacco, to inform smokers about successful strategies for quitting, and to expose the devious and deadly machinations of the tobacco industry. Good intentions, however, do not necessarily make for good books. This work reads like a tobacco activist's clipping file, offering little that is original or new. Readers interested in the sins of the tobacco industry would be better served by Richard Kluger's authoritative, Pulitzer Prize-winning Ashes to Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris, while libraries hoping to help patrons kick the habit should provide more focused titles, such as those produced by the American Lung Association. Recommended only for comprehensive collections.
—Kathy Arsenault Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600700125
  • Publisher: Elite Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 295
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Rabinoff, D.O., Ph.D., has spent over a decade researching and writing about the devastating affects of tobacco on our health and economy. An esteemed psychiatrist, researcher, and academic, he has published in the New England Journal of Medicine and other top-flight medical journals, and presented his findings on tobacco addiction and industry profiteers to the American Public Health Association.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     11
It's Not About Non-smokers Versus Smokers - Smoking Affects Everyone     25
What's Been Done, What Hasn't Been Done, And Why It's in Your Interest to Take Simple, Effortless Actions to Create Change     49
Targeting Our Achilles Heel-The Manipulative Marketers of Big Tobacco     73
Masters of Deceit     101
The Global Tobacco War: At Home and Around the World     135
"They Got Lips? We Want 'Em": Creating Generations of Addicts     171
The Biology of Tobacco Addiction     189
Is Hollywood Addicted? (...And If So, Why?)     215
It's a Matter of Life and Death     247
The Buying of Our Political System     295
Smoking Cessation     333
What We Can Do to Stop the Tobacco Industry     367
Appendix A     413
Appendix B     423
Resources     427
Index     431
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2007

    Get Mad!

    As an active Tobacco Prevention Specialist who works with the local American Cancer Society's Tobacco Control Committee, I found this book to be most compelling. It gathers the latest research regarding tobacco and organizes it into chapters that drive you to find out more. It suggests what to do to prevent the scourge of smoking. It provides an arsenal of information for anyone in the business of saving lives through tobacco prevention/intervention and treatment. A 'must read' for anyone on the front lines of standing up to Big Tobacco.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2007

    This is a great book and may save your life

    I appreciated this timely reader-friendly book on how smoking affects us all. It possesses a wealth of information that you won't find elsewhere. The toxic chemicals added to cigarettes and the deceitful marketing tactics of the tobacco industry will anger you. I found the personal stories throughout the book to be very compelling. Dr. Rabinoff also includes helpful tips to stop smoking. Read this interesting book and save your life,and the lives of your loved ones and even save the lives of your cherished pets.

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