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#1 justanotherone

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 12:42 PM

(Hey everyone! Sorry in advance for any spelling/grammar errors you may find in this text :( I've been editing this text for the past weeks as a way to pass time, hope it seems plausible, useful or, at least, a bit interesting.)

Some time ago we were discussing how many smokers were still left. I began wondering about what could be the sociological explanation for the fact smoking isn't as prevalent as before. So I sailed off to the internet, seeking some answers and wanting to know what sociology has to say about smoking.

Smoking used to be a more present topic in academic journals until the early nineties but, now, not so much. I guess we can consider everything about cigarettes has already been said before, and we're beyond the point of discussing why smoking is a terrible habit and how it's bad for you.

I was careful enough to select some more recent papers - all of them with great other works on their references list. I enjoyed reading them very much and I hope some of you enjoy it too.


"Why I smoke? Sociology of a deadly habit" is an essay from 2003, in which the author discuss why she became a smoker and why she still smokes after so many years as an addict. Most of the things she mentions in this article are experiences most of us shared as smokers, and her main objective is having a good reason to quit. She mentions the social aspect of smoking, why smokers feel connected to other addicts and how it keeps them from quitting. Also she talks about why people keep smoking even though they know it's bad for their health. She mentions how smokers make smoking a part of their identities as well. After these points she proceeds to explain why people smoke using adaptations from a lot of sociological theories, every single one of them contributing to the discussion in its own way. She also mentions movies, fictional books, and other areas of knowledge (even hypnosis!) - unfortunately, she ends her essay saying even with her extensive research and intensive reflexion, she's still can't bring herself to throw her pack of cigarettes away. It's a very interesting read :)
[Read "Why I smoke?" here: http://scholarworks....manarchitecture ]

"The social context of smoking: the next frontier in tobacco control?" is an article from 2006, much more scientific than the essay I recommended previously. It's about how understanding the conditions surrounding smokers is essential to make effective policies against tobacco use. There's data about tobacco use in Canada, and it's an interdisciplinary effort. It's much more a methodological guide for those studying public policies than anything, but it brings a bunch of great passages, and the bibliography has so many good case studies - I'm taking my time selecting a few of them to read later.
[Read "The social context of smoking" here: https://www.ncbi.nlm...les/PMC2563620/ ]

"Smoke gets in your eyes: what is sociological about cigarettes?" is an article from 2016 that brings great passages about how important it is to think the social context of smoking as well as the (more currently investigated) physiological aspect of addiction. It's a recap from previous sociological studies about smoking, and it references a lot of good texts. The question in the center of the study is "what makes smoking 'social'?" making its way from the action of individuals, social structures and historical context. The historical part is particularly interesting and mentions the cultural and economic setting surrounding smoking as a mainstream practice.
[Read "Smoke gets in your eyes: what is sociological about cigarettes" in http://journals.sage...1467-954X.12404 - I can send you the text if you have issues with Sagepub]


I'll post more links in this topic whenever I find something interesting.


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 11:31 AM

Thanks for the work Justan! I haven't delved into the articles yet but I am looking forward to the reading and learning.

 

(And this isn't pointless at all. I hope an admin sees the post and moves it somewhere more appropriate.)


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 04:33 PM

Thanks for the work Justan! I haven't delved into the articles yet but I am looking forward to the reading and learning.

 

(And this isn't pointless at all. I hope an admin sees the post and moves it somewhere more appropriate.)

 

Lin, avian has posted several times that if you see a thread that you think needs moved to let her know :)


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 05:13 PM

Thanks Jillar, will do.


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 05:15 PM

Justan, the link to the first article seems to be broken.


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#6 justanotherone

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:24 AM

Justan, the link to the first article seems to be broken.

 

The bracket broke the link... I'll fix it.


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 02:18 AM

I haven't finished the first article but so far it's very interesting. I can't contact Avian (her message box is full?). I will try again, as I still think it's great information for us all to have, and isn't "pointless". Thanks again for your work.


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#8 justanotherone

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 12:34 PM

Thanks, Lin :) I thought it'd be silly to do my search without sharing the results afterwards.


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 08:20 PM

 I can't contact Avian (her message box is full?). 

Just yell out on the board if that happens again.  :)

 

I'll move this thread to the main board.


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 08:23 PM

Thanks for sharing the information justanotherone.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 08:32 PM

Thank you so much. Excellent work. Will enjoy the reading this weekend.
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 10:21 PM

They are soooooo long 😮😮😮

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