Deadly Enemies: Tobacco and Its Opponents in Australia


"Contrary to popular belief that the ill effects of smoking have not been known until recent times, Ian Tyrrell argues that the anti-smoking movement had strong health as well as moral dimensions in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Deadly Enemies is a broad and comprehensive history of tobacco consumption in Australia from the early nineteenth century to the present day. The book draws on oral history, popular fiction and memoirs as well as newspapers and journals from each period covered to present a vivid picture of the cultural context for smoking. Tyrrell shows that the impact of research on the links between smoking and lung cancer was limited until the cult of personal health and fitness and rising medical costs changed smoking behaviour in recent decades. Deadly Enemies' approach presents a concise history for those on both sides of the tobacco debate." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication year:
  • 1999


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