Texas A&M System bans vaping on its campuses

The Texas A&M University System Tuesday banned vaping on all of its 11 campuses including Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen as well as at eight associated agencies. (File)
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KWTX) The Texas A&M University System Tuesday banned vaping on all of its 11 campuses including Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen as well as at eight associated agencies.

“I do not want to take any unnecessary chances with the health of our students, faculty and staff,” Chancellor John Sharp said in a memo to the system’s presidents and agency directors.

“To that end, I am directing the presidents of each of the 11 universities and the directors of the eight state agencies within The Texas A&M University System to ban the use of e-cigarettes and vaping as soon as possible.”

“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,” Sharp said in the memo.

“I would like to see the ban in place today, but I understand the practicalities of running major institutions. So I will ask that the bans be implemented as soon as is practical.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 805 lung injury cases associated with vaping from a total of 46 states and one U.S. territory and has confirmed at least a dozen deaths in 10 states.

Authorities don’t know what exactly is causing the injuries, although about 77 percent of the patients for whom data are available reported using products containing THC.

Texas A&M campuses and agencies included in the ban

Texas A&M International University President Pablo Arenaz
Texas A&M University-Texarkana President Emily F. Cutrer
Tarleton State University President James Hurley
Texas A&M University-Kingsville President Mark A. Hussey
Texas A&M University-Central Texas President Marc Nigliazzo
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi President Kelly M. Quintanilla Texas A&M University-Commerce President Mark Rudin
Prairie View A&M University President Ruth Simmons
Texas A&M University-San Antonio President Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson
West Texas A&M University President Walter V. Wendler
Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young Texas A&M

Veterinary Medicine Diagnostic Laboratory Bruce Akey Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Director Katherine Banks Texas A&M Forest Service Director Tom Boggus Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Director David Coatney Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension Director Jeff Hyde Texas Division of Emergency Management Director Nim Kidd Texas A&M AgriLIFE Research Director Patrick Stover Texas A&M Transportation Institute Greg Winfree