On Tuesday, Chancellor John Sharp directed the presidents of each of the 11 universities and the directors of eight state agencies within the system to ban vaping on all its properties in the 250 Texas counties.
The latest ban comes on top of another ban on other tobacco products like cigarettes, that is already in place for a long time.
“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.
“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,” he added.
Sharp also sought an end to selling e-cigarette products or vaping paraphernalia within the university system.
A recent study by the University of Michigan found that drug use by college students is witnessing an upward trend. Most students reported using Marijuana. Overall, the report noticed a decline in the use of OxyContin and Vicodin, amphetamines, MDMA, alcohol and cigarettes.