With an ever-growing concern for the health risks associated with tobacco products and vaping, Tarleton State University plans to make its campuses completely tobacco free by Jan. 1, 2020.
Smoking is already banned on most parts of A&M's properties, but this policy is far more stringent and includes banning cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff, e-cigarettes, nicotine pods and vape pens.
In a statement about the policy released Tuesday, Tarleton President Dr. James Hurley said the move is aimed at creating a “healthier educational environment.”
“The evidence of the hazards from tobacco use and vaping is overwhelming,” Hurley said. “Reports show the number of lung illnesses tied to vaping has spiked to more than 800 cases across the country, and the number in Texas exceeds 50. It’s the right time to do the right thing for the people we care about.”
The move follows an announcement from The Texas A&M University System earlier this month that said it would prohibit all tobacco and electronic smoking devices at all 11 of its schools.
"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," Chancellor John Sharp wrote in a memorandum.