Pringle (Fire in the Forest, 1995, etc.) offers a brief, readable account of smoking and its consequences and the mind-altering effects of nicotine and addiction. Chapter headings--""Innocent Bystanders,"" ""Death in Small Doses,"" and ""Promoting a Product that Kills""--do not conceal the author's position. Especially interesting is the story of the tobacco industry, its lobbying efforts, publicity campaigns, secret experiments, and courtroom battles over product liability. Also described are efforts to sell to young people and minorities through publicity, sports promotions, and premiums, as well as attempts to develop markets abroad. The final chapters discuss efforts to create a smoke-free society and give advice on how to stop smoking. Though lacking footnotes or references, this is a useful title, which includes addresses to write for more information.