VA Black Hills Health Care System
Tobacco Free Campuses
As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) commitment to provide excellent health care for Veterans, VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is pleased to announce that all its facilities will be tobacco free for visitors, contractors, volunteers, vendors and patients, by May 29, 2019. Department of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) published VHA Directive 1085 Smoke-Free Policy for Patients, Visitors, Contractors, Volunteers, and Vendors at VA Health Care Facilities on March 5, 2019 outlining the plan for VHA facilities.
“The change in policy is consistent with our mission to promote personal wellness and provide a healthy environment for patients, visitors and employees”, said Sandra Horsman, Director, VA BHHCS. “We are sharing information about this change through letters, print materials, social media, and our website along with our providers speaking directly with patients who use tobacco”. VA BHHCS has several evidence-based and supportive tools and resources for Veterans who would like to quit tobacco use to improve their health.
VA BHHCS is not alone in recognizing the importance of creating a tobacco-free campus. As of 2014, 4,000 health care facilities and four national health care systems in the U.S. have implemented smoke-free grounds, to include many VHA health care facilities.
Valuable resources for Veterans:
- VA Tobacco Quitline – 1-855-QUIT-VET (1-855-784-8838)
- Break Free from Tobacco Groups
- Home Telehealth for Tobacco Cessation
- Individual Tobacco Cessation Counseling
For more information about any of VA BHHCS resources please call Guy Ferguson at 605-720-7499 or Kelly Tobin at 605-720-7252.