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From the PublisherFlorence King columnist, National Review For Your Own Good is one breath of fresh air that the anti-tobacco puritans will hate. Jacob Sullum has written a lucid and mordant expose of their neurotic agenda that is sure to make him the hero of smokers and our liberty-loving allies. I'd walk a mile for this book.
Thomas Szasz professor emeritus of psychiatry, SUNY Health Science Center, author of Ceremonial Chemistry Formerly, the state, drunk with religion, persecuted people with bad religious habits; today, drunk with medicine, it persecutes people with bad medical habits. That such persecutions reinforce the behavior they ostensibly aim to combat matters not. The important thing is that they make the crusaders feel better, for a while. The hangover comes later and is attributed to other causes. Jacob Sullum shows us where the crusade against smoking — the leading medical heresy of the moment — is leading us. Rejecting the anti-smoking crusade is every bit as important for the health of the body politic as rejecting smoking is for the body anatomic.