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Introduced in Senate (07/11/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 2106


To amend title 38, United States Code, to prohibit smoking on the premises of any facility of the Veterans Health Administration, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 11, 2019

Mr. Durbin (for himself, Ms. Collins, Mr. Brown, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Markey, Mr. Wyden, Mr. Reed, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Carper, Mr. Merkley, Ms. Hirono, and Mr. Kaine) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to prohibit smoking on the premises of any facility of the Veterans Health Administration, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Prohibition on smoking in facilities of the Veterans Health Administration.

(a) Prohibition.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Section 1715 of title 38, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

§ 1715. Prohibition on smoking in facilities of the Veterans Health Administration

“(a) Prohibition.—No person (including any veteran, patient, resident, employee of the Department, contractor, or visitor) may smoke on the premises of any facility of the Veterans Health Administration.

“(b) Definitions.—In this section:

“(1) The term ‘facility of the Veterans Health Administration’ means any land or building (including any medical center, nursing home, domiciliary facility, outpatient clinic, or center that provides readjustment counseling) that is—

“(A) under the jurisdiction of the Department of Veterans Affairs;

“(B) under the control of the Veterans Health Administration; and

“(C) not under the control of the General Services Administration.

“(2) The term ‘smoke’ includes—

“(A) the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and any other combustion or heating of tobacco; and

“(B) the use of any electronic nicotine delivery system, including electronic or e-cigarettes, vape pens, and e-cigars.”.

(2) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.—The table of sections at the beginning of subchapter II of chapter 17 of such title is amended by striking the item relating to section 1715 and inserting the following new item:


“1715. Prohibition on smoking in facilities of the Veterans Health Administration.”.

(b) Conforming amendment.—Section 526 of the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992 (Public Law 102–585; 38 U.S.C. 1715 note) is repealed.

(c) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section take effect on October 1, 2019.