Smoke Free VA
As part of the VA’s ongoing mission to safeguard the health and welfare of America’s Veterans, the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System is now a nonsmoking campus.
We understand that this change may be difficult for some, however our new smoking policy will ensure a safe and healthy environment for not only Veterans, but VA visitors, vendors, volunteers, contractors, and employees.
Veterans Health Administration Directive 1085.01, Smoke-Free Policy, is a nationwide policy that will apply to all VA Health Care Systems. This means that starting October 1, 2019 smoking will no longer be allowed on any VA campus, clinic, or facility.
The policy defines smoking as using any of (but not limited to) the following:
- any other burning of tobacco
- non-Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved electronic nicotine delivery systems, including but not limited to electronic or e-cigarettes, vape pens, or e-cigars.
While quitting smoking is difficult, the benefits to one’s health have been widely documented. VA Salt Lake City Health Care System offers free smoking cessation classes for Veterans and employees along with information and other resources on how to quit. Our tobacco cessation class meets at 1:30pm-2:30pm Wednesdays and lasts for 6 weeks. Call 801-582-1565 ext. 5587 for more information.
If you have questions about the policy, please reach out to Assistant Director Angela Williams at 801.582.1565, ext. 4608.
Click here to download map showing smoke free boundaries.
Click here to read the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System Smoke-Free Hospital/Health System Standard Operating Procedure.