TOBACCO: What It Is, What It Does by Judith S. Seixas

TOBACCO: What It Is, What It Does

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Smoking is bad for you!"" Seixas' first words aren't minced, and the rest of the book is an emphatic rundown of the authorities who warn against smoking (Surgeon General, American Medical Association, American Lung Association, and the like); the harmful components of tobacco; the history of tobacco use and its consequences; the particular effect of smoking on the lungs; the diseases--chronic bronchitis, emphysema, cancer, heart trouble, strokes--that the habit can cause; and the difficulty of quitting. Except for a minor point--the cited studies showing harm from association with smokers have been found wanting since the book was written--there's no arguing with the message, and so probably no harm in trying to pound it in early. Huffman's brisk drawings manage to reinforce the dire warnings yet make the book itself look sprightly.

Pub Date: Sept. 14th, 1981
Publisher: Greenwillow