In Defense of Smokers by Lauren A. Colby

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Hysteria

Chapter 2: The Burden of Proof

Chapter 3: The World Scene

Chapter 4: The U.S.A.: A Smoking Laboratory

Chapter 5: Some Studies that Went Wrong

Chapter 6: The Propaganda Machine

Chapter 7: The Surgeon General's Reports

Chapter 8: Smoking Myths and the Role of Detection Bias

Chapter 9: Smoking Animals

Chapter 10: Is There No Risk?

Chapter 11: Is Nicotine Addictive?

Chapter 12: Smoking and Heart Attacks

Chapter 13: Smoking and Emphysema

Chapter 14: Summation

Dec 2001 Addendum: Is California's Anti-smoking Campaign the Cause of Lower Lung Cancer Rates, or is it Something Else?

May 2003 Addendum: Smoking and Life Expectancy

*NEW* October 2006 Epilogue

Lauren A. Colby

Lauren A. Colby
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In Defense of Smokers

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  • Added June 4, 2004 2004 Surgeon General's Report
  • Added May 22, 2003 Additional Addendum
  • Added July 30, 2002 Addendum to Chapter 3
  • Added Dec 2001 Addendum regarding California's Anti-smoking campaign 12/5/01

  • Added 2 paragraphs to Chapter 9 and updated email address 10/30/01

  • Added a phrase and corrected typo in Chapter 10, added a paragraph at the end of Chapter 11 on 5/12/00

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  • Updated 6/8/96 Added new Chapter 13, Updated Copyright to 1999, Updated Revision number to 2.3, Add note in Chapter 12, Removed item harding and replaced with "A Real Book".