It’s Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine!

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By Lt. Robert Miller,  Environmental Health Officer, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center The flu, or influenza, is a viral respiratory illness. It is highly contagious and is usually spread by the coughs and sneezes of a person who is infected.  You can also get flu by touching a surface or object that has […]

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E-cigarettes: What We Don’t Know Could Hurt You

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Cmdr. Daniel Seidensticker, MD,  Internal Medicine Specialty Leader, Staff Cardiologist, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and Dr. Mark Long, Public Health Educator, Health Promotion and Wellness Department, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center   Electronic cigarettes are everywhere. You can buy them online, at retail stores, at kiosks in the mall, and they are even […]

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Navy Medicine’s War on King Tobacco, Part III

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By André B. Sobocinski, BUMED Historian At the end of the 1970s, Secretary of Health Education, and Welfare Joseph Califano, Jr. famously called tobacco “Public Enemy No. 1.”(1) Following Califano’s lead, the Navy Medical Department took the fight against King Tobacco to its hospitals at decade’s end. Surgeon General Vice Adm. Willard Arentzen, called all […]

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Navy Medicine’s War on King Tobacco, Part II

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By André B. Sobocinski, BUMED Historian It is ironic that in an era where chewing gum was barred aboard Navy ships, chewing tobacco was flourishing. In 1911, the Navy Paymaster-General established a special “Chewing Board” comprised of enlisted Sailors who would personally test the sample plugs of tobacco submitted by the fifty prospective vendors. Any […]

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Cured or Coffin – NH Bremerton Tobacco Cessation is a Year-Round effort

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By Douglas H. Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs Heard the old joke that there once was a Navy nicotine user who asked his provider one day during a routine physical examination, “What’s the end result of having a smoking habit?” “Coffin,” replied the physician. The smoker didn’t get it. There’s too many who don’t […]

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