"The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others." The author of this splendidly controversial new title on the rights, wrongs, law and politics of smoking keeps John Stuart Mill firmly in mind from the outset.
Smoking has always been quite hard to defend. The common charges against are that it is 1) unpleasant, and increasingly unpopular, 2) lethal, 3) addictive, 4) harms non-smokers and 5) is a public health problem and thus costly to society.
But quite how bad actually is the habit for the common good? This short, provocative but cogently argued book finds and examines some questionable science, flawed law, biased marketing strategies and warped public policy to refute these points and turn many generally accepted views on their heads. It will make you reconsider the truth, and the ideas of fairness, liberty and personal responsibility.
The book comes with original illustrations, and a Foreword, by David Hockney.