Smoke Free VA
The VA Maryland Health Care System, along with all other VA medical centers across the country, is changing our tobacco policy to further our commitment to provide a safe and healthy environment for patients, visitors, vendors, volunteers, contractors and employees. The policy covers all tobacco products and smoking materials, including, but not limited to:
- E-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes
- Cigars and/or pipes
- Lighter fluid
- Any other form of tobacco
Beginning October 1, 2019, smoking will no longer be permitted on any of our VA campuses for patients, visitors, vendors, volunteers and contractors.
Patients, visitors, vendors, volunteers and contractors are strongly encouraged to leave all tobacco and smoking materials at home. To reduce the risk of ignition near oxygen or other flammable gases used in our facilities, some areas may require materials to be stored during their visit.
“We are not alone in recognizing the importance of creating a smoke-free campus,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “As of 2014, 4,000 health care facilities and four national health care systems in the U.S. have implemented smoke-free grounds. This policy change coincides with additional VHA efforts to help us become the provider of choice for Veterans and the reason why Veterans will ChooseVA.”
To learn more about health risks associated with smoking, visit the Surgeon General’s website at https://www.hhs.gov/surgeongeneral/reports-and-publications/tobacco/index.html or https://smokefree.gov/.
VHA has extensive resources and programs to assist Veterans in their smoke-free journey. They can be found at https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/quit-tobacco/.
For free information about how to quit smoking, please visit www.smokefree.gov.
Thank you for support and cooperation.