Smoking will be prohibited on all of the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center's campuses beginning Oct. 1.

The VA said in a press release it is changing its smoking rules to further its commitment to provide a safe and healthy environment for patients, employees and others on campus.

The ban covers not just cigarettes and cigars, but also pipes, e-cigarettes, vape pens and e-cigars.

Patients, employees, contractors, volunteers, visitors and vendors are subject to the ban, and the VA said patrons are strongly encouraged to leave all smoking materials at home.

The Roseburg VA offers help for veterans and employees who want to quit smoking. Information is available through primary care providers and online at mentalhealth.va.gov/quit-tobacco/how-to-quit.asp.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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Tiger

It's about time,

CitizenJoe

Good. I recall the bad old days of smokers polluting the air of doctors' lounges, conference rooms, hospital rooms, etc. Moving them outside, and then to designated areas were good steps. This step--prohibiting this devastatingly unhealthful behavior on a medical center campus--is overdue, and welcome. It is the right thing to do!

dlindsey

They shut down the ER, and now they want to enforce something ridiculous. Isn't there a prostitution/drug issue going on in their housing? But oh lawdy, don't let these grown men and women smoke! They need to get their anterior out of their posterior!

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