"Filled with fresh insight, Nichter's Lighting Up complicates our thinking about smoking addiction, smoking as a complex cultural practice, and the significant role of place and context in health and risk. An intelligent analysis that merits the highest praise."
—Amy Best, author of Fast Cars, Cool Rides: The Accelerating World of Youth and Their Cars
"Why does college-age smoking persist at notable and alarming levels while smoking in the adult US population has significantly declined over the past four decades? Mimi Nichter disentangles and illuminates the lure and social gains of smoking on campus through rich ethnographic accounts. This book helps to unravel the complexity of incentives to smoke among college-age students."
—Linda A. Bennett, author of The Alcoholic Family
"Anthropologist Nichter presents an important new contribution to the literature on youth smoking of interest to both tobacco researchers and general readers.”
“Lighting Up brings voice to the young adult college ‘smoker’ and nuanced meanings and interpretation of labels, exploring variations in smoking profile even within this defined population. Lighting Up is a good introduction to understanding the multiplicity of voices and the benefits of using alternative methods to reveal subtleties in meanings and identities of young adult smokers.”
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