Review- The Tobacco Story by N. Chandan

Author- SN Chandan

Publisher- Bloomsbury India

Pages- 192

Genre- nonfiction, history

This book with 162 pages, travels through era after era, to analyse effects of ‘tobacco’ on civilization.
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It shows how once declared as a ” gift from god” and magic herb, it gradually became demon of death which led to gore warnings over its packaging.

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Story is fascinating and it is some sort of historical account of how tobacco shaped fads and fashion of elite and commoners.
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first chapter enlists mythical stories about tobacco, which may be skipped by stern non fiction lovers.
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most interesting part is when 19 th century starts and various advertisements are shown.
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Book has a lot of pictures which are sort of decorative ornaments to an account which is a little boring at places.
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Somewhere reader may fall in love with weed but last pages reveal ugly face of tar and nicotine.
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technology helping cigarette making and tactics by tobacco companies to increase business and lust of governments to fill their treasuries with tobacco’s revenue, has some realistic description.
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Story of a devil unleashed by greedy humans, acquired from tribal chewers, domesticated and then thrown over weak masses.
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Tobacco became many things slowly, with changing times, but it is far from oblivion.

.two billion people will be smoking in 2025, according to WHO estimate.
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.My rating is 3.5/5

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