VA Palo Alto Health Care System
One-Year Plan To Become Smoke-Free Campus
We know that eighty-seven percent of VA Palo Alto Health Care System patients are actually non-smokers and even just a brief exposure to second-hand smoke can be harmful. Every year, the VA celebrates the Great American Smokeout, a day when tobacco users can commit to giving up tobacco, even just for a day.
As a commitment to the health of our Veterans and staff, VAPAHCS and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2110 are proud to collaborate on a one-year timeline to implement a smoke-free campus policy.
Over this next year, VAPAHCS will continue to enforce the updated smoking policy that limits smoking and vaping to designated parking lots.
However, on November 16, 2017, there will be one designated smoking shelter at each Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Livermore divisions.
Quitting is not easy but studies show that, nationally, almost 70 percent of smokers want to quit. VA is here to help with an array of tools and support dedicated to helping Veterans and staff get the help needed to quit smoking.
VA staff and Veterans can visit the Telequit website, or call 650-493-5000, Palo Alto extension 60557, during regular clinic hours to enroll today.
Watch a short video with a message from VAPAHCS management.