Lexington VA medical facilities are now smoke-free

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – As part of a decision affecting all VA facilities, the Lexington VA campuses have gone smoke-free, inside and outside buildings.

Cat Trombley with the VA said she understands smoking is hard to give up in fact, she used to be a smoker, but she said the VA hopes this will help lead everyone to a healthier lifestyle.

She said there are over 4,000 health care facilities that have gone smoke-free since 2014 and the Lexington VA is happy to follow that lead.

“There is an abundance of evidence that shows the dangers and the risks of smoking and secondhand smoke and there’s more evidence being collected every day that shows that there are risks from things like thirdhand smoke so it’s an important step for both patient care and employee wellness,” Trombley said.

She said the smoke-free policy includes cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, vape pens, or any combustible tobacco.

Trombley said there are drop-in smoking cessation classes available for veterans at the Sousley Campus, every Monday at 9 a.m. that will take place in building 25 room 35 and every Thursday at 1 p.m. that will take place in building 16 room 111.

There is a slow implementation for employees but Trombley said there is hope that all VA healthcare facilities will be completely smoke-free by January 2020.

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