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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Some big news in relation to smokers/smokers rights groups

Here's some major news in regards to 4 smokers rights groups filing complaints against the 2006 report from Carmona (a former SG).

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This is HUGE.
If you know who the Office of Research Integrity is, you'll know how major this is.
A project between groups working together, the following (see link) was released today.
It's hitting major news across the country.
An addded find on the US Surgeon General Carmona (the dupe behind the ban push), not in the press release. The group and money behind him is the RWJF who buys the bans thru the American Cancer Society.
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Dr. Richard Carmona. Carmona has had two complaints filed against him--one for malpractice and one for quality of care. Both were dismissed. The board has not yet elected a new chairman.
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Under questioning, Carmona didn't dispute reports that it took him eight years to win board certification in his field, general surgery, and that he failed the exam twice.

The complaints against him were detailed in letters to Kennedy from a University of Arizona colleague, Dr. Charles W. Putnam, and a health advocacy group as well as in a report in the Los Angeles Times.
Putnam, a fellow surgery professor at Arizona, contended Carmona was unfit to become surgeon general due to his lack of experience in health policy and an inability to work "in an effective or even a civil manner" with others.
Putnam also argued that Carmona's work on a sheriff's SWAT team was in direct conflict with his duty as a physician to "do no harm." He cited an incident where Carmona shot and killed a mentally ill man who was a suspect in a murder.
The candidate's supporters, however, said his law enforcement experience was an asset given the threat of bioterrorism. "That background is particularly valuable at this time," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.
Questioned about numerous health issues, including obesity, AIDS, the nursing shortage and drunken driving, Carmona agreed that each is a significant concern but offered few specifics as to how he would use the surgeon general's post to combat them.
On tobacco, he vowed to discourage smoking and agreed with Kennedy that nicotine is addictive and that tobacco companies market cigarettes to children.
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