Dialog with a Member of Congress

<p align="justify">Polling indicates that Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.&nbsp; From the political class, however, comes the tiresome message of &quot;more of the same.&quot;</p>

Debunking High-Tech Magic

<p align="justify"><span style="font-size: 8pt;">&ldquo;Novel MRI Technique Shows Secondhand Smoke Damages Lungs&rdquo;, announces this press release with the implication that, finally, some conclusive evidence that passive smoking &ldquo;kills&rdquo; has emerged. Sorry, guys, it is not so &ndash; and here are the tricks you used.</span></p>

Bupropion and teenage smokers

<div align="justify">Once upon a time, when amongst fellow doctors one would refer a medically interesting finding or article, it was enough to say where one had read it to get, or fail to get, attention.</div>

The Wilting of Integrity

<div align="justify"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 8pt; font-family: Verdana;"><img vspace="1" hspace="5" align="left" alt="" src="https://www.forces.org/userfiles/video_button.jpg" />We are pleased to present another FORCES International Round Table. This time the topic is &ldquo;attributions&rdquo; of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome to Environmental Tobacco Smoke. Our discussion raises striking perspectives from three distinguished guests on an abysmal lack of integrity into which health professionals and institutions now very commonly fall.</span></div>

Rejoice with this Italian story!

<p><span style="font-size: 8pt;">Reading the recent posting on the fines for smoking in the parks of </span><span style="font-size: 8pt;">San Francisco</span><span style="font-size: 8pt;"> &ndash; a city, according to the writer of the piece, of &ldquo;public urination and defecation&rdquo;, I could not help but laugh at the stupidity of Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier.</span></p>

Alabama statewide ban proposed

<p>Companion bills in both the Alabama Senate (SB155) and House of Representatives (HB478) aim to end the disparity of local ordinances by enforcing a statewide ban on <a href="http://www.al.com/birminghamnews/stories/index.ssf?/base/community/1192004827139550.xml&amp;coll=2" target="_blank"><strong>smoking in public places</strong></a>.</p>

Force in Germany

<div align="justify">&ldquo;Get their dander up and our continental cousins take to the streets en masse in protest until they force their respective authorities to listen and negotiate. Now why can&rsquo;t we do that?&rdquo;</div>