Smoke-free policy begins to take effect Oct. 1 at all VA medical facilities

Patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors, vendors and employees will begin to see a smoke-free policy at VA health care facilities starting Oct. 1.

The policy applies to cigarettes, cigars, pipes (including electronic and e-cigarettes) and vape pens or e-cigars.

VA reviewed research on second- and third-hand smoke and best practices in the health care industry, then modernized its policy. The policy allows VA to protect the health and well-being of VA staff, patients and the public.

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