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The Surgeon General of the United States was not Marvin Chirelstein's general. Marvin did not doubt the Surgeon General's warnings that smoking cigarettes was harmful to one's health; he just didn't care, and he refused to quit. Marvin enjoyed gambling, and this was no doubt the most important bet he ever won. Nor was Marvin willing to accept fully Michael Bloomberg's insistence that all smoking take place outdoors. Most of the time, I would catch up with Marvin on 116th Street, leaning against the law school, puffing away. But now and then I would drop into his office where the lingering odor made clear that Marvin wasn't following all the rules. For a man so dedicated to the law, Marvin Chirelstein was a maverick.

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