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At the White River Junction VA it is our goal to promote health, wellness, and safety among Veterans as well as our staff. Through a collaborative effort, a joint labor-management decision has been made to reconfigure the authorized smoking locations here at the main medical center campus. The health hazards of smoking have been well documented as they impact both the smoker and the non-smoker who is exposed to second-hand smoke. It is our intent to provide all Veterans and employees with an environment conducive to a healthy lifestyle.
The medical center will shift to having only two authorized smoking locations with the long term goal of moving towards being a smoke free facility. The smoking shelter on the loading dock of Building 31 will be reserved exclusively for patients (take the elevator in Building 31 to the basement, exit the rear of the elevator, turn right and exit the building through the hallway). The smoking shelter located adjacent to Building 39 will be moved behind Building 1 and will sit adjacent to Building 2. The smoking shelter located adjacent to the gazebo in front of Building 28 will be deactivated and removed.
It is anticipated that this process will take effect during the week of December 9th, 2013 barring any unforeseen circumstances. We recognize that this change may provide an inconvenience to Veterans and staff who use the facility. It is our goal to make this transition as smooth as possible. Directions will be posted to direct smokers to available shelters.
Smoking and tobacco use cessation persists as one of the VA's biggest public health challenges. Many Veterans began using tobacco while in the military.
Approximately 70 percent of all smokers say they want to quit, but even the most motivated may try to quit five or six times before they are able to quit. Over 3 million Americans successfully quit smoking every year.
To help Veterans and Employees quit smoking and tobacco use, VA offers:
-Screening for tobacco use during primary care visits
-Prescriptions for nicotine replacement therapy, such as a nicotine patch or gum, or other medications
-Participation in evidence-based smoking cessation programs
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215 North Main Street (Mailing)163 Veterans Drive (GPS)
White River Junction, VT 05009
802-295-9363 | 866-687-8387 Directions
Veterans Crisis Line:
1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | 810 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington DC 20420
Last updated December 5, 2013