VA healthcare facilities to go smoke-free

June 17, 2019

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) will implement a new policy restricting smoking at its healthcare facilities by October 2019, according to an article on the Veterans Affairs website.

The ban extends to patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors and vendors.

A recent VA survey revealed that approximately 85 percent of responding facility leadership support smoke-free campuses.

The new smoke-free policy applies to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, any other combustion of tobacco and non-Federal Drug Administration approved electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), including but not limited to electronic or e-cigarettes, vape pens or e-cigars.

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