State of Things
9:30 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Smoke Damage

Book cover, ''Smoke Damage''

North Carolina State University sociologist Michael Schwalbe’s new book, “Smoke Damage: Voices from the Front Lines of America’s Tobacco Wars,” (University of Wisconsin Press/2011) is a collection of portraits of people whose lives have been changed by tobacco. The images and the stories that accompany them span a wide range of ages, social classes and professional disciplines, from lawyers and farmers to disease survivors. The intimate photos tell a story not captured by statistics, but the book is not merely sentimental.

Schwalbe joins host Frank Stasio to discuss the social causes of the worldwide tobacco epidemic and what can be done to end it. Also joining the conversation are Sally Herndon, head of North Carolina’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch; Wade Hampton, a laryngectomy survivor and anti-smoking advocate; and Cliff Douglas, director of the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network. Listener Call-in.

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