West Palm VA Going Smoke-Free Oct. 1

As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) commitment to provide a safe and healthy environment, the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center and all of its outlying clinics will go smoke-free effective Oct. 1.

The VA’s new policy prohibits smoking on the grounds of its healthcare facilities by patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors, vendors and employees. The policy applies to the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, any other combustion of tobacco, and e-cigarettes, vape pens and e-cigars.

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center offers smoking cessation treatment services for veterans through their assigned primary care clinic. In addition, tobacco cessation classes are offered every Wednesday at 9 a.m. in Room 3B-260 at the main medical center and every Thursday at 2 p.m. at community-based outlying clinics in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Fort Pierce, Okeechobee, Stuart and Vero Beach.

Veterans who have questions about smoking cessation should contact their primary care team or call (561) 422-7282.