Veterans Health Administration

08/20/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/20/2019 08:27

Start enjoying the health benefits of a smoke-free environment…

All Veterans Health Administration (VHA) health care facilities will become smoke free by October 1, 2019.

VHA's new smoke-free policy applies to cigarettes, cigars, pipes (including electronic and e-cigarettes), and vape pens or e-cigars.

VA evaluated the current state of research on second-hand and third-hand smoke, as well as best practices in the health care industry, then modernized its policy.

The new policies for patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors, vendors, and employees allows VA to protect the health and well-being of VA staff, patients, and the public. It's part of VA's commitment to provide excellent health care for Veterans and their families. Click here for additional resources available to Veterans who want to quit smoking. Employees can contact their facility for resources if they want to quit smoking.

Evidence of significant medical risks

VHA's new smoke-free policy also applies to all electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) not approved by the Federal Drug Administration.

There is overwhelming evidence that smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke creates significant medical risks. There is a growing body of evidence that exposure to third-hand smoke creates additional risks to safety and direct patient care. Click here to learn more about the health risks associated with smoking from the U.S. Surgeon General.

Want to quit? Here's another great website to get you there.

VHA has these extensive resources and programs to assist Veterans in their smoke-free journey.