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History suggests that that social movements you know can really make a difference and if that social movement is around the idea of secondhand smoke or if that social movement is around the idea that you'll shouldn't market to kids that that can be it impetus for action and what my story also shows that action doesn't have to be at the federal level to be meaningful and so you know activists can try to implement laws at the local level or at the state level and does had tremendous success in the history of the cigarette I changing attitudes toward the presence of tobacco smoke in society at large have the cover come about the cover is the property of Harvard University press talk about a few moments here to laugh the tobacco as a model for taking on big hard challenging societal issues climate change I do see lessons in this that you know maybe I'm just an optimist but you know not that many people read about tobacco and feel optimistic so what I think that a key takeaway of this book is that the federal government for a lot of the twentieth century has been organized around the interests of industry and producers and you can see that with climate change into that with tobacco you might be able to see that with guns as well but laws aren't just made by the federal government and so one lesson of anti tobacco activists is the power of local laws to change the way people experience their day to day lives so by achieving scores of victories at the local level in the eighties and nineties you know anti tobacco activists made more non smokers and a bigger constituency for the kind of future they wanted to see and I think that there is a lesson in in not for climate change activist that might say be frustrated at federal in action guns there to get a one one trademark of the anti tobacco movement where these was kind of a visual vernacular thank you for not smoking I've noticed in more places that I've been to you know signs that say no guns on these promises and I wonder if that visual vernacular just raising awareness of the presence or absence of guns in a place can make people more aware of their stance on an issue I want to thank someone doctors Cynthia Gwyn yarris who says so see that enter the journal of American history helping the our for today's interview I have one last question you love doing history absolutely I mean I have my dream job I love researching and most days I also love writing and you did very very well hello thank you graduations a major major scholarly achievement thank you so much wonderful conversation thank you for being here thank you sure my love history professor university of Virginia the cigarette a political history interview by former FDA commissioner David Kessler and after working other she's been programs are available for download is podcasts just go to our website T. hyphen span dot org forward slash podcast war download the free C. span radio app or access this program whatever you get your podcasts C-SPAN radio WCS PFM Washington on September nineteenth a panel of authors who are also veterans of the wars in Iraq Afghanistan and Vietnam talked about America's wars an event hosted by the Nixon library Chapman university and the Orange County navy late this is about an hour and fifteen minutes everyone.

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