Columbia VA Health Care System
August 30, 2019
Columbia VA goes tobacco free as of October 1
With the issuance of two recent directives by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA Directive 1085 and 1085.1), all VHA health care facilities will be completely smoke-free for patients, visitors, contractors, volunteers, employees, and vendors effective October 1, 2019.
The Columbia VA Health Care System – which includes the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center and the seven community-based outpatient clinics in Anderson, Florence, Greenville, Orangeburg, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, and Sumter – will start enforcing the new policy change to be smoke free campuses beginning Oct. 1 to further the VA’s commitment to provide a safe and healthy environment for its patients, visitors, vendors, volunteers, contractors, and employees.
The policy covers all tobacco products including but not limited to:
- any other form of smoking or smokeless tobacco (i.e. chew snuff, or other smokeless tobacco products)
- 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.
Patients, visitors, contractors, volunteers, vendors, and employees are strongly encouraged to leave all smoking materials at home. To reduce the risk of ignition near oxygen or other flammable gases used in our facility, some areas may require materials to be stored during their visit.
The health care system offers smoking cessation treatment services for Veterans. If you would like more information about smoking cessation, please contact your Primary Care Team.The Columbia VA HCS, and its seven CBOCs, proudly provides care for nearly 83,000 Veterans throughout South Carolina.