VA Medical Center targets smoking
The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center of Houston will severely limit smoking on its campus this year.
Smoking will only be allowed in designated areas. Veterans, employees, volunteers and visitors will be ticketed and/or fined for smoking outside these areas.
"Tobacco smoke is a proven health hazard that affects both smokers and nonsmokers," said Dr. J. Kalavar, the medical center's chief of staff, according to a press release. "The decision to change our smoking policy reflects the center's commitment to improve the health of our nation's heroes."
A study by the Institute of Medicine revealed that one in three service members use tobacco, compared with one in five adult Americans. Combat veterans are 50 percent more likely to use tobacco than troops who have not seen combat.
For more information on this policy change, call 713-794-7349 or visit www.houston.va.gov.
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