MISSOULA – The University of Montana has added e-cigarettes to its Tobacco Free UM Policy.
School officials say the change reflects the University’s commitment to a tobacco-free campus and providing a safe and healthy environment for its employees, students and visitors.
“When we first passed the tobacco-free campus policy, we didn’t include e-cigarettes because we didn’t have enough research on how they impacted health,” said Linda Green, wellness director at UM’s Curry Health Center.
“Now we know more about the potential health risks of solvents and flavorings in vaping liquids. Diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease, is used as a flavoring,” she added.
UM’s most recent National College Health Assessment show that the percentage of students who reported daily e-cigarette use doubled in the past two years from 1.1 percent to 2.2 percent.
Students also reported using e-cigarettes at least once in the past month more than doubled over the past two years from 3.7 percent to 7.6 percent.
Green said UM is committed to creating a healthier, more-accessible environment for employees, students and visitors, supporting quitters and reducing the number of new smokers.