About 480,000 people die from smoking each year in the United States and almost all of them started smoking before the age of 26 according to Dr. Jay Maddock, professor at the Texas A&M School of Public Health and Chief Wellness Officer at Texas A&M University. In addition, 41,000 deaths occur from second-hand smoke every year. Research shows that people are more likely to quit smoking if they live and work in an area where smoking is not allowed. Also, effective September 1, 2019the State of Texas raised the smoking and e-cigarette age to 21 for anyone born after August 31, 2001. This will make the use of tobacco against the law for most Texas A&M students within a few years.
In addition to causing direct health hazards, smoking and smokeless tobacco use contribute to institutional costs associated with employee and student absenteeism, health care and increased medical insurance, increased fire risk and environmental impact, and cleaning and maintenance costs. A tobacco -free campus also has less waste from cigarettes butts and vaping cartridges and reduces maintenance costs. This policy reflects our commitment to the health and well-being of all Aggies.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SEE SOMEONE SMOKING OR VAPING ON CAMPUS?
You may want to choose from the following options: