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VHA Goes Smoke-Free
Friday, August 30, 2019VHA is working to make sure all its facilities become smoke-free to protect the safety and health of our community. There is overwhelming evidence that smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke creates significant medical risks, and a growing body of evidence that exposure to thirdhand smoke creates additional risks to safety and direct patient care.
All VA health care facilities will implement a smoke-free policy for all, beginning October 1. The policy is consistent with our mission to promote a healthy environment for patients, visitors, contractors, volunteers, vendors, and employees and is an important element of improving our health care system. The policy applies to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or any other combustion of tobacco, including but not limited to electronic or e-cigarettes, vape pens or e-cigars. Read more.
We understand that this may present challenges to some and are committed as an organization to provide the resources and support to those who wish to participate in our smoking cessation programs. Veterans and employees interested in our smoking cessation programs should contact Susan Bogard, HPDP Program Manager at 713-791-1414, extension 28768.
VHA Smoke-Free Policies
VHA Tobacco and Health Information
Smokefree.gov for Veterans
Surgeon General Reports