During the 161st Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates, Michael M. Miller, M.D., Medical Director of the Herrington Recovery Center, and Jerry Halverson, M.D., Medical Director of Adult Psychiatric Services, testified at committee hearings. Just as proposals for new laws are debated in legislative committee hearings, the delegates help to establish AMA policies on health and related topics by debating proposals for new policies in reference committees. This year, many topics were debated, including whether the AMA should advocate legislation that requires tobacco companies to indicate nicotine content of their products.
“The worst thing you can have is a low-nicotine cigarette,” Dr. Miller said. “There is clear evidence that where there is lower nicotine, human beings adjust the strength of their draw and length they hold it in, delivering even more smoke to their lungs. Good intention is behind this resolution but science is not on the side of this.” Dr. Miller’s comments contributed to the AMA’s decision to remove the recommendation that nicotine content should be included on packaging as part of its policy.
Both Dr. Miller and Dr. Halverson are very active within their specialties, bringing their experience as physicians to the AMA and helping to keep Rogers informed about emerging developments in medicine on a national level.