Each June, the American Medical Association House of Delegates convenes in Chicago to discuss the weighty healthcare issues of the day. Resolutions and reports signifying no less than the future of the “house of medicine” are discussed at length and in reverent tones or with declarations laden with exclamation points. (And then quickly forgotten.)
But, typically, one can also find on the agenda seemingly well-meaning but somewhat silly resolutions dealing with topics such as the need for warning labels on cotton swab packaging and a call to address the scourge of video game addiction.
This year is no exception. In addition to resolutions dealing with healthcare reform, scope of practice issues and the intricacies of medical economics, there are resolutions calling for mandatory political science classes in medical school, prohibiting smoking in multifamily housing and making condom use mandatory in adult films.
While that last resolution may seem the most over-the-top, Outliers thought the anti-smoking resolution contained the most eye-rolling language as it discussed why people shouldn’t be allowed to smoke in their own homes because “smoke can move along air ducts, through wall and floor cracks, through elevator shafts, and along plumbing and electrical routes.”
(For the record, Outliers grew up in a home with a smoking parent and never took a sick day in high school. Just sayin’.)
One AMA resolution targets smoking in apartments. No word on any opposition to the Lava Lamp.