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Poisonous Pandas: New Book Unravels the Proliferation of Cigarette Consumption and Production

A popular misconception is that cigarette smoking is yesterday’s problem. But as Stanford Associate Professor of Anthropology Matthew Kohrman shows, the cigarette epidemic is today’s greatest health calamity.

In Poisonous Pandas: Chinese Cigarette Manufacturing in Critical Historical Perspectives, Kohrman assembles leading scholars from a variety of disciplines to examine sources of the world’s greatest cause of preventable death. The book's co-editors include Robert Proctor, professor of the history of science at Stanford; Gan Quan, director of tobacco control at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease; and Liu Wennan, editor for the Institute of Modern History at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

In September, Kohrman  sat down to discuss the book and its findings.