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Drinking Smoke: The Tobacco Syndemic in Oceania

Mac Marshall


Tobacco kills five million people every year and that number is expected to double by the year 2020. This book combines a search of historical materials on the introduction and spread of tobacco in the Pacific with extensive anthropological accounts of the ways Islanders have incorporated this substance into their lives. The book uses a relatively new concept called a syndemic to focus on the health of a community, political and economic structures, and the wider physical and social environment and ultimately provide an in-depth analysis of smoking's negative health impact in Oceania. In the b ... More

Keywords: tobacco, Pacific Islanders, community health, smoking, Oceania, syndemic, Pacific health crisis, cigarettes, poverty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824836856
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836856.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mac Marshall, author
University of Iowa