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Two new changes are coming to the Veterans Health Administration that deals with smoking.

The VHA will be implementing two new policies eliminating smoking on the grounds of health care facilities by patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors, vendors, and employees.

The new policies, which are already in effect, ensure the health and wellness of patients, VA staff, and the public.

The new smoke-free policy applies to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, any other combustion of tobacco, and e-cigarettes, vape pens, and e-cigars.

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said as of 2014, 4,000 health care facilities and four national health care systems in the U.S. have implemented smoke-free grounds.

Medical research provides overwhelming evidence that smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke creates significant medical risks, that’s why the VA Community Outreach Team will be in the our area sharing information and resources to help veterans stop smoking.

The outreach team will be at the Morris American Legion on Monday, October 7, the Minooka Village Hall on Wednesday, October 9, and the Coal City American Legion on Monday, October 21.

All clinics begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m.

Grundy Veterans Assistance Commissioner Ken Buck said flu shots will also be available from the outreach team.