surgeon general

plural surgeons general

Definition of surgeon general

: the chief medical officer of a branch of the armed services or of a public health service

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According to a 2018 report from the surgeon general, more than 3.6 million U.S. youth, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students, use e-cigarettes regularly. Christina Oehler,, "14 People Have Been Hospitalized From Vaping—Here’s Why E-Cigarettes Are So Dangerous," 5 Aug. 2019 In ’88, the U.S. surgeon general declared nicotine goods such as chewing tobacco to be as addictive as heroin. S.l. Price,, "‘I Feel Lost. I Feel Like a Child’: The Complicated Decline of Nick Buoniconti," 9 May 2017 This was long before the surgeon general declared tobacco carcinogenic (1964) and addictive (1988). George F. Will, The Denver Post, "Will: The puzzling problem of vaping," 21 July 2019 His father, Charles Rosen, is a spinal surgeon once considered for the post of U.S. surgeon general. Mark Maske,, "Will the 2018 quarterback draft class be memorably great or memorably disappointing?," 22 Apr. 2018 Although e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, the U.S. surgeon general has identified potentially toxic chemicals within the liquid cartridges, including benzene, nickel and lead. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ban on e-cigarettes in Milwaukee takes effect -- what you need to know," 10 July 2018 As dozens of measles cases broke out in Clark County, totaling 73 by late March and prompting a visit from the U.S. surgeon general, Matzie and her partner took every precaution. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "Fear, resentment — and more demand for vaccines as one Washington county grapples with measles outbreak," 1 Apr. 2019 According to a 2016 report by the surgeon general, just 10 percent of Americans with a drug use disorder obtain specialty treatment. German Lopez, Vox, "It’s Overdose Awareness Day — and overdoses are killing more Americans than ever before," 31 Aug. 2018 The surgeon general notes that unlike those with cancer or diabetes, only about 10 percent of those with addiction get effective treatment. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "Moms of the dead from drugs: “Where is the outrage for us?”," 29 Jan. 2019

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1706, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of surgeon general

: the chief medical officer of a branch of the military or of a public health service

surgeon general

plural surgeons general

Medical Definition of surgeon general

: the chief medical officer of a branch of the armed services or of a public health service

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