Texas A&M University Chancellor Bans Vaping On All Texas A&M System Campuses
The Southside Light
College Station—The Texas A&M University System announced a mandatory vaping ban Tuesday at all 11 universities and eight state agencies.
The University’s Chancellor John Sharp quoted a recent CDC report that said 800 cases of lung-related illnesses and 13 deaths in the U.S. have been linked to vaping and the university system is taking that seriously.
"I do not want to take any unnecessary changes with the health of our students, faculty and staff," Sharp said in statement released on Tuesday.
In September, public health officials here in Texas said they were investigating 29 reports across the state of what they describe as “severe lung disease” in people using e-cigarettes.
The study shows that at least half of those reported cases were in young adults and teenagers under the age of 20 and 76% of the medical victims were males. The victims range in age from 16 to 39 years old.
Chancellor Sharpe said in the memo that he wants the ban instituted as soon as possible in every building, outside space, parking lot, garage and laboratory.
Sharpe also called for the end of e-cigarette products or vaping paraphernalia in the TAMU System, which would include here locally at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Tobacco smoking is already banned in most places in the Texas A&M System.