Without taking a strong stand for or against smoking, Howells (U. of Manchester) explores the inherent tension between a business that wants to sell an intrinsically dangerous product, and a public health community seeking to reduce or even stop its consumption. Precisely because there are no easy answers, he says, there should be dialogue and transparency in developing policy. He covers tobacco as a challenge to the law, tobacco litigation, product liability in the US from asbestos to riches, product liability beyond the US, regulatory responses to tobacco and legal challenges, regulating tobacco, and the future challenges for tobacco control. Annotation c2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Geraint Howells is from the University of Manchester, UK.