The History of Smoking
"Anti-tobacco crusader Joe Califano on how cigarette culture has changed since the days of Don Draper." The Atlantic tells how the government changed positions on tobacco.
"Reached by telephone, Califano recalled that America's changing attitudes toward cigarettes began with the release of the first Surgeon General's report in 1964. The government's top health officials' definitive warning that 'Cigarette smoking is causally related to lung cancer' was considered such a bombshell that the top-secret report was released to reporters on a Saturday morning in a locked State Department auditorium. The report put one of the first nails in the coffin of this deadly habit--one that was tacitly acknowledged in a recent Mad Men episode dubbed "Blowing Smoke" and is highlighted on Mad Men's own AMC blog."
The best-selling author tells us his methods.
- James Patterson has sold 300 million copies of his 130 books, making him one of the most successful authors alive today.
- He talks about how some writers can overdo it by adding too much research, or worse, straying from their outline for too long.
- James' latest book, The President is Missing, co-written with former President Bill Clinton, is out now.
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
It's the first time the association hasn't hired a comedian in 16 years.
- The 2018 WHCA ended in controversy after comedian Michelle Wolf made jokes some considered to be offensive.
- The WHCA apologized for Wolf's jokes, though some journalists and many comedians backed the comedian and decried arguments in favor of limiting the types of speech permitted at the event.
- Ron Chernow, who penned a bestselling biography of Alexander Hamilton, will speak at next year's dinner.
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