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NIH Record  
Vol. LX, No. 19
September 19, 2008
NIMH Clinical Trial Offers Hope for Mothers with Depression
Employee Wellness Coming to the Forefront
NCI Summit Highlights Science of Cancer Health Disparities
Guttmacher Named NHGRI Acting Director
Tips for National Preparedness Month
NIBIB Holds First Meeting of ‘Quantum’ Grantees
Flu Vaccine for NIH Employees Starts in October
NICHD Hosts First Health Disparities Seminar Series
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‘Taking Our Own Advice’
NIH To Go Tobacco-Free on Oct. 1
  Smoking on campus comes to a final crossroads.
  Smoking on campus comes to a final crossroads.

As of Wednesday, Oct. 1, NIH will no longer permit the use of any tobacco products on the Bethesda campus. The tobacco-free policy, initially begun throughout HHS in 2004 but implemented slowly due to a number of obstacles, replaces smoking regulations that were instituted at NIH in 2002, which restricted smoking to selected outdoor locations.

Employees will soon see signs at all vehicle and pedestrian entrances to campus, alerting them to the new policy, which was proposed in July by the NIH steering committee and seconded by the institute and center directors. There will also be posters in the hallways and emails from NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni reminding the workforce that being tobacco-free is, at base, smart public health policy. It has long been known that tobacco use has a wide range of negative health consequences.

From Molecules to Mountains
NIAMS’s Watts Climbs Alaska’s Denali
  Denali from the southwest
  Denali from the southwest

In mountaineering, as in science, those who make it are the persistent ones. Yet even the toughest weigh the risks so that when their luck alters—as luck will—they live to tell about it.

Which brings us to Dr. Norman Watts, who recently returned from his third expedition to Alaska’s (and North America’s) most renowned peak—Denali.

“The vast majority of the time,” says Watts, NIAMS scientist and veteran mountaineer, “when you’re out there, you work hard, you sweat, you strain and you come back safe. It’s not a death-wish condition.”