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All VHA health care facilities will be smoke-free for patients, visitors, contractors, volunteers, and vendors effective October 1, 2019. Accordingly, at VHA health care facilities, by that date all designated smoking areas for patients, visitors, contractors, volunteers, and vendors must be eliminated.
All inpatients must be routinely screened by the appropriate medical providers for current tobacco use status upon admission.Smoking cessation medication must be routinely prescribed for use for inpatients identified as current tobacco users to prevent nicotine withdrawal, unless otherwise medically contraindicated.
For the purposes of this directive, the term smoking includes the smoking of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, any other combustion of tobacco and non-Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), including but not limited to electronic or e-cigarettes, vape pens, or e-cigars.