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Texas A&M Bans Vaping & E-Cigarettes Across All Campuses

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A ban on e-cigarettes has been imposed by Texas A&M for staff and students, effective “as soon as possible.” Chancellor John Sharp made the annoucement at a time when the potential health hazards and dangers of vaping have come under scrutiny, and deaths linked to the habit are just being investigated. On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, Sharp stated that this ban would affect all campuses, including the College Station, Tarleton State, and North Texas (Texas A&M University-Commerce) campuses.

“Vaping and the use of electronic cigarettes have been associated with serious illness and deadly lung disease,” Sharp said in a memo. His document cited data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which found 12 deaths and more than 800 cases of lung injury as a result of vaping or e-cigarettes. “This health threat is serious enough that I want to see the ban include every building, outside space, parking lot, garage and laboratory within the Texas A&M System. The ban also should extend to every facility of our $950 million research enterprise and all System properties in the 250 Texas counties in which Texas A&M has a presence,” Sharp explained. The ban also includes the sale of vaping paraphernalia and e-cigarette products.

Video: YouTube/Mayo Clinic

Dr. J. Taylor Hays, Director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, was interviewed in the video above only just last year (July 7, 2018). He spoke of dangers related to the use of e-cigarettes. With more expert opinion, research, and study going into the results of vaping, more and more businesses and schools are feeling the need to establish protocol around the use of e-cigarettes. Sharp stated that the majority of Texas A&M buildings have long had a ban on tobacco products. He indicated, however, that the ban on vaping and e-cigarettes could be more restrictive. “Smoking is banned in most places in the System already,” he said. “But the ban on vaping is to be mandatory and expanded to every inch of the Texas A&M System.”

Texas A&M isn’t the first school to initiate such a ban, and more are anticipated to do so following the public outcry on the habit and health risks. Just this past session, the Texas Legislature passed a law which became effective on September 1, 2019, that raised the legal age to 21 for the purchase of tobacco products (including e-cigarettes). The CDC has stated that, at present, there still isn’t enough research to identify the specific chemical exposure which results in lung injuries due to vaping. In the meantime, no one specific manufacturer has been targeted in the research or current findings.