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Finding Your Motivation to Quit Tobacco

By Lt. James Jones, Family Medicine Physician Assistant, Tobacco Cessation Clinical Guidelines Champion, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Quitting tobacco is hard, but it’s not impossible. Anyone can do it. The first step is making a personal choice and finding your reason for quitting, because no matter how many medications or nicotine replacement therapies you try, you have to really want …

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Navy Medicine’s War on King Tobacco, Part II

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 doubts that King Tobacco was …

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Navy Medicine’s War on King Tobacco, Part I

By André B. Sobocinski, BUMED Historian Tucked away in the Naval History and Heritage Command’s photographic archive is the image above dated 1944 showing an almost endless human chain of Sailors carrying boxes of Lucky Strike cigarettes onto the USS Missouri‘s forward main deck. The caption reads: “An average of five cases of cigarettes is smoked during a tour at …

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Tobacco Use – Our People, Our Policies, Our Personal Responsibilities

There is no debate on the hazards of smoking and tobacco use. From a scientific perspective, the debate ended conclusively over 50 years ago when the U.S. Surgeon General issued the landmark report that changed how the country faced this growing public health threat.  Smoking kills. And 50 years later, it is still killing. Smoking is the leading cause of …

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