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New Book - Smoking, Class and the Legitimation of Power, by Sean Gabb

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      <p><strong>News Release from</strong>: Sean Gabb, Director, the Libertarian
      <b>Contact</b>: Sean Gabb -
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      <u><font color="#0066cc">sean@...</font></u></a> - 07956 472
      <strong>Date</strong>: Wednesday the 22nd June 2011<br>
      <b>Release Time</b>: immediate<br>
      <b>Other Details</b>: See below</p>
      <p>New Book by Sean Gabb</p>
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      <span style="font-size: 16.0pt; font-family: Garamond; font-weight:
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      by Sean Gabb</span> </p>
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      <span style="font-family: Garamond">The “War against Tobacco” is one
      of the
      central facts of modern life. We have high taxes on tobacco, bans or at
      least controls on the promotion of tobacco products, campaigns against
      smoking financed by the taxpayers, and growing attempts to criminalise
      smoking outside the home—and even perhaps soon inside the home.<br>
      In this book, Sean Gabb analyses the nature and progress of the “war”.
      shows how it began almost as soon as tobacco was first brought out of
      America. James I of England (1603-25), for example, tried to suppress
      use with heavy taxes. Sultan Murad IV of Turkey (1623-40) used
      personally to
      behead smokers in the streets of Constantinople. In parts of Germany
      1691, smoking carried the death penalty. By 1901, Louisiana and
      Wyoming were
      the only American States not to have passed laws restricting the sale
      public smoking of cigarettes.<br>
      The stated reasons for the war have varied according to time and place.
      According to Dr Gabb, however, all reasons have one thing in
      rest on a base of lies and half truths. The dangers of smoking are far
      proven than governments and the anti-tobacco lobbies insist they are.
      dangers of passive smoking have never been proved at all.<br>
      But this is not simply a book about the history of tobacco and the
      scientific debate on its dangers. It also examines why, given the
      status of
      the evidence against it, there is a war against tobacco. Dr Gabb shows
      this war is part of a much larger project of lifestyle regulation by
      ruling class, and that its function is to provide a set of plausible
      for the extraction of resources from the people and for the exercise of
      power over them. This book provides a kind of “unified field” theory to
      bring within a single explanatory structure some of the most important
      attacks on free choice and government limitation that we face today.<br>
      This is a class issue, and no discussion of tobacco policy can be
      without an understanding of the dynamics of class.<br>
      Sean Gabb is a writer and broadcaster whose novels have been
      translated into
      Italian, Spanish, Greek, Hungarian, Slovak and Chinese. He is Director
      the Libertarian Alliance. He lives in Kent with his wife and
      <p class="MsoNormal"><i>Smoking, Class and the Legitimation Power<br>
      </i>by Sean Gabb<br>
      Paperback, 204pp, £7.99<br>
      Published 22nd June 2011<br>
      by the Hampden Press, London<br>
      Hampden Press ISBN: 0 9541032 8 9<br>
      Lulu ISBN: 978 1 4477 5772 6<i><br>
      <P class=rtecenter align="center"><SMALL><a
      f?20110617142844" border="0" alt="Support independent publishing: Buy this
      book on Lulu."></a></SMALL><br>


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