FORCES columnists offer news and perspectives on such issues as smoking and public policy, smoking and science, and the increasingly evident slippery slope that is leading to tobacco prohibition. They also venture into adjacent territory to chart the course of an authoritarian and censorious political and bureaucratic elite that uses state-of-the-art propaganda techniques, corporate handouts and tax dollars to woo the public towards a vision of the future that offers utopian illusions about health and safety in exchange for the privacy and freedom of both mind and body.

The concerns of our columnists range from a detailed examination of local legislative issues to broader philosophical considerations touching, for example, on the gradual (and decidedly undemocratic) globalization of public health policy.



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  • On the passive smoke fraud
    Details Author(s): John Dunn, MD
    Article Published: 05/11/2008
    Original date of this article: September 23, 2002 - Two events this summer have invigorated the war to outlaw smokers— The Surgeon General released a 700 plus page report June 27, 2006 The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke that says the debate is over, second hand smoke (ETS) kills thousands.

  • Open letter to the Editors of Scientific and Medical Journals Worldwide
    Details Author(s): John Dunn, MD
    Article Published: 31/10/2008
    What can one say about a judge who decides that her opinion on matters medical and scientific outweighs the facts?  Not much.  What can one say about a legal system that enshrines the judge's ignorance?  It obviously needs an overhaul.  Dr. Dunn doesn't waste time in name calling but instead cooly examines a decision that chills scientific inquiry and stifles dissent.

  • Joe Bast — wonk with a beer and a swisher sweet
    Details Author(s): John Dunn, MD
    Article Published: 22/10/2008
    Review of the book of essays Please don’t poop in my salad. By Joe Bast, Chicago guy.

  • Judge Kessler’s Tobacco Ruling is Anti-Science
    Details Author(s): John Dunn, MD
    Article Published: 22/10/2008
    Federal Judge Gladys Kessler blatantly ignored the rules of toxicology and epidemiology published in the Federal Judicial Center’s Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence (2nd Edition) in her decision in United States of America and Intervenors v. Phillip Morris USA Inc., et.al. United States District Court Civil Action No. 99-CV-02496 (GK) August 17, 2006. (449 F Supp 2nd 1, Dist. Ct.WashingtonDC, 2006).


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