Texas A&M a smoke-free and tobacco-free campusMICHAEL K. YOUNG
December 10, 2019
As a valued member of the Texas A&M community, I want to inform you about a change in policy that will be taking place on our campus in the New Year. To make our university a better environment for everyone, beginning on January 1, 2020, we will become a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus. This initiative is in compliance with the recommendations and requests of The Texas A&M System Board of Regents.
Across the System, smoking is already banned in most places. In January, our policy will also apply to e-cigarettes, vaping, smokeless tobacco and other nicotine delivery products.
While this policy represents a change, it’s an effort to continually improve the health and wellbeing of the thousands of students, faculty, staff and visitors who enjoy coming to our campus each year. Currently, in the United States, more than 480,000 people die annually of smoking, and nearly all of them begin before age 26.
Across the nation, more than 2,000 universities have already become smoke free and tobacco free. If other institutions can make this transition, I am confident that Aggies will show their spirit by supporting this new policy and sharing the news of this change. With your help, everyone who comes to Texas A&M will be able to enjoy a healthier and more comfortable campus community.
To help everyone understand more about the tobacco products affected by our new policy, and to provide assistance to those trying to quit smoking or vaping, we’ve prepared a detailed fact sheet, which you will find on Texas A&M Today.
As we approach the end of another semester and the beginning of a New Year, please accept my best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season. And thank you for contributing to the betterment of our great university.
Michael K. Young