Enjoy the benefits of a smoke-free environment - Salem VA Medical Center
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Salem VA Medical Center

 

Enjoy the benefits of a smoke-free environment

Smoke-Free

VA will implement a smoke-free policy beginning in October 2019.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Salem VA Medical Center will implement VA's smoke-free policy beginning in October 2019 and complete full implementation no later than January 2020.  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.

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