Several times in Velvet Glove, Iron Fist I referenced a book called Smoking: The Artificial Passion by David Krogh (1991) which takes a non-hysterical and scientific look at nicotine as a drug.
Although it should not seem strange that a drug that has been used for thousands of years has positive benefits to the user, that simple truth is close to heresy today. Krogh's book—which is sadly now out of print—was a fascinating study of some of these benefits and so I was interested to see, when I looked it up on Amazon, that several reviewers also found it a very useful book to help them quit smoking. I'd never considered it to be that kind of a book at all, which just goes to show that honest information and education work better than threats and hyperbole.
The reason for this post is to let you know that our Danish friend Klaus K, along with Niels Ipsen, has written an extensive review of the experimental science surrounding nicotine which covers similar ground and includes much new research.