Tobakkonacht -- The Antismoking Endgame

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TobakkoNacht -- The Antismoking Endgame, is a frontal attack on the misuse of science and language to promote unjustified levels of smoking bans and taxes.

The author, trained in statistics and propaganda analysis at Pennsylvania's Wharton School, "dissects" the scary antismoking studies that have made headlines over the past ten years. He shows clearly in each case how the data and language have been juggled to reach and promote the conclusions of those handing out the grant money and backs up his arguments with solid science clearly explained at a level that will satisfy both laymen and professionals.

The book isn't all business though. It opens with a dystopian future tale of an "Endgame" in which the antismoking movement has gained full power and smokers are generally treated as near-criminals. The author explores the roots that could bring such a fiction into being and looks at the world that could be created... a very sad world indeed.

The pseudo science used to push goals like outdoor smoking bans is also attacked with satire and with short essays taking the form of "Letters To The Editor" focusing on all the microarguments used by antismoking crusaders playing with their "scientifical" instruments and by fanatic who'd happily apply the same methodology to reducing automobile and alcohol use. A few more formal communications showing how to approach local and national governmental bodies are also offered, again with the benefit of exposing false arguments while showing how to effectively attack the "authoritative sources" that seek to silence the opposition with their prestige while pushing for ever wider bans and ever higher taxes.

The book concludes with a strong section painting a path toward a winning endgame for those in the Free Choice movement, pointing to the weaknesses of the current crop of smoking prohibitionists and suggesting how they can best be countered.

TobakkoNacht can best be summed up like this: It shows how the denormalization of smokers has warped science and ripped holes in our social fabric while transforming a worthy public health effort into a destructive social force assaulting our lives, our families, and our communities -- and it shows how to fight back!

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"TobakkoNacht -- The Antismoking Endgame" is intended to be a followup to the more introductory level "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains."   The two books are meant to complement each other, with "TobakkoNacht" being the better choice for those who've been previously involved in smoking ban battles and who are familiar with most of the basic arguments and strategems used by antismoking organizations in pushing for bans, taxes, and other programs designed to eventually reduce the number of smokers to the point where they can be simply eliminated (or close to it) through outright Prohibition laws.        If you do not have such a background, you might still get a lot out of reading "TobakkoNacht" as you will see both the motivations for opposing antismoking measures and detailed analyses of the tactics, misdirections, and lies used to promote the achievement of  a "smoker-free world."  In particular you will find careful examinations of the claims and studies that have been held up and often produced and promoted in the media by antismoking organizations themselves.  You'll also find analyses that show the tricks used, sometimes statistical, sometimes linguistic, and sometimes simply emotional -- that appeal to our basic biological instincts of caring for our young or reacting to fears for our own lives.         People can be easily manipulated in both their actions and their thoughts if they are consistently and repeatedly exposed to only one side of an argument, and, unfortunately, that's been largely the case in the smoking arena.  "TobakkoNacht" and "Dissecting" are meant to provide a balance for that, and anyone who finds their job, their housing, or their personal relationships at risk due to antismoking pressures should most definitely consider arming themselves with both books under their belts.          For those who'd like a larger sampling of the thinking that serves as background to these books, I'd recommend my writings on Quora, my excerpts on the TobakkoNacht website itself, and my record of several thousand postings available for reading in my disqus profile.

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Michael J. McFadden's "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains" has served as an inspiration and handbook for the Free Choice movement in its battle with antismoking forces and their never-ending efforts to raise tobacco taxes and implement more extreme smoking bans. "TobakkoNacht - The Antismoking Endgame" complements his earlier work by providing a toolbox, armory, and map for carrying the fight into and through the second decade of the 2000s.         Mr. McFadden grew up in Brooklyn, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Manhattan College's Peace Studies and Psychology programs, and won a full fellowship to the Wharton School's doctoral program in Peace Science to study statistics and propaganda analysis.        He left Penn after two years of work toward a doctorate to host a Quaker training center in non-violent activism and has worked at various levels in the areas of peace activism and social change ever since. His activities have ranged from ecologically-friendly transport advocacy to being formally commissioned by Queen Elizabeth II to plan and conduct nonviolence training workshops in Canada. He has worked as a lab tech, peace canvasser, online conference coordinator with CNN, and a free-lance book editor. He serves without compensation on the Boards of Directors of both The International Coalition Against Prohibition and FORCES International, and works with many grassroots Free Choice groups.        He currently lives and bicycles in West Philadelphia where he shares a small row house with a psychotic cat, a quiet squirrel, and assorted other creatures.

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