No Smoking Policy In Effect At All V-A Facilities

OMAHA, Nebraska - The Department of Veterans Affairs is now smoke-free. The policy that went into effect October 1st now restricts smoking by patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors and vendors. The designated smoking areas are now gone.

The V-A announced plans they would go smoke-free in June. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs issued a release that states this is due to a growing safety risk of second and third-hand smoke that the hospital wants to avoid.

The ban applies to cigarettes, pipes, e-cigarettes, vape pens and e-cigars.

More than 4,000 of V-A facilities were already smoke free prior to the policy change that impacts the rest of their facilities.

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