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Books, Journals, New Media
January 7, 2004


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(1):114. doi:10.1001/jama.291.1.114-a

Tobacco use is a socially motivated behavior. Much of the social science research on tobacco use and prevention highlights the social and ecological forces surrounding tobacco use1,2 and the importance of changes in the social climate for reducing the cultural acceptability of tobacco use.3 In Learning to Smoke, Jason Hughes presents an analysis of these social and cultural factors to determine why people smoke. According to Hughes, most attempts to understand tobacco use have had either a clinical psychological or a medical orientation, whereas this text integrates these approaches with an analysis of the social and cultural influences on tobacco use.

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