The VA cited the health risks of smoking and secondhand and thirdhand smoke as a reason for the ban. The decision was also made to reduce the risk associated with oxygen tanks and other flammable gasses, according to the press release.
The more than 50,000 vets living in the area served by the Dayton VA were notified of the change to the smoking policy over the past several months via letters, social media posts, press releases, and town hall meetings conducted by phone, according to the agency.
The Dayton VA is offering tobacco treatment services for all enrolled veterans and they can get more information by contacting their primary care provider. The VA also offers a free smoking cessation benefit to employees, including access to nicotine replacement therapy.
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