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The art of tobacco control

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 25 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:890
  1. Ruth Malone, professor of nursing and health policy, University of California, San Francisco
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    Controlling the tobacco epidemic is no mean task—although some authors are better at navigating the complexities than others, Ruth Malone finds

    If public health advocacy is an art, as I think it is, then comparing these two recent books on the state of tobacco control is a bit like comparing a wild, colourful finger painting done on butcher's paper with the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Not to disrespect the first—the energy and passion of which may lure many a young person towards artistic self expression—but it just can't quite compare with the skill, control, and discipline of an experienced artist.

    Ending the Tobacco Holocaust is a 400 page splatter of outrage about the continuing epidemic of deaths related to tobacco use, which the World Health Organization projects will soon reach some 10 million a year. The book by the University of California, Los Angeles, psychiatrist and researcher Michael Rabinoff could be a fair read for lay readers unfamiliar with the topic, smokers wanting to reinforce their decision to quit, or high school students writing reports. Rabinoff brings an evangelical fervor to his topic, urging each …

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