HISTORY & HEALTH

The Century in Cigarettes

We’ve hacked and sputtered, wheezed and ashed, puffed and dragged. Why then, The Daily Mail asks, do we willingly participate in a practice that “costs us a fortune, is entirely useless, and will likely cause us to die a premature and dirty death?” Allan Brandt’s new book, The Cigarette Century tackles the history of smoking in the 20th century, which is essentially the history of capitalism. While the book of history rather than advocacy, it explains why smoking is such a large threat today.