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The Social History of Smoking

The Social History of Smoking by George L. Apperson
By: (1857-1937)

In "The Social History of Smoking," George L. Apperson explores the complex and fascinating history of smoking from ancient times to the present day. Apperson delves into the cultural, social, and economic factors that have shaped smoking practices throughout history, providing readers with a comprehensive overview of this widely misunderstood habit.

One of the strengths of Apperson's book is his thorough research and attention to detail. He provides a wealth of historical information and anecdotes about smoking, shedding light on its evolution as both a social activity and a cultural phenomenon. From the rituals of Native American tribes to the mass marketing campaigns of tobacco companies, Apperson traces the changing attitudes towards smoking over time, offering valuable insights into its role in society.

Furthermore, Apperson's analysis of the impact of smoking on health and public policy is both informative and thought-provoking. He highlights the ongoing debate over the risks and benefits of smoking, as well as the measures taken by governments and organizations to regulate and discourage smoking. By considering the economic, social, and medical aspects of smoking, Apperson encourages readers to critically examine the complexities of this controversial topic.

Overall, "The Social History of Smoking" is a comprehensive and engaging exploration of a subject that continues to spark debate and discussion. Apperson's book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding the cultural significance of smoking and its implications for society.

Book Description:

This work tells the history of smoking in England from the social point of view. Thus it does not deal with the history of tobacco growing or tobacco related manufacture, but is rather the story of how smoking has fitted in with the fashions and customs throughout the ages, and the changes in the attitude of society towards smoking.

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