It’s time to clear the air – vapes and e-cigs


Fast Facts: 

  • Smoking alone kills more people each year than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined.  
  • In the United States, tobacco use is responsible for about one in five deaths annually, which is about 443,000 deaths per year. That’s equivalent to over 50 people dying every hour from smoking, with about 5 of those deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. 
  • One-in-three current adult smokers and one-in-10 former smokers will die prematurely from diseases directly linked to tobacco use.
  • On average, adults who smoke cigarettes die 14 years earlier than nonsmokers. 
  • For every person in South Carolina who dies from smoking, approximately 20 more state residents are suffering from serious smoking-caused disease and disability or other tobacco-caused health problems. 
  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s. 
  • E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine. 

Clemson is a Tobacco-free Campus

Thousands of young people start using tobacco products every day. To combat this trend and keep help keep students healthy, Clemson strives to be a tobacco-free campus and offers support for its students to quit smoking.

According to the Tobacco-free Campus Policy, no smoking or other use of Tobacco Products is permitted on University Property. “Tobacco Products” includes all forms of tobacco and smoke-related products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, water pipes (hookah), kreteks, bidis, electronic cigarettes (like vapes and Juuls), smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff and any non-FDA approved nicotine delivery device.

View the entire policy at

Why is this important?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco is packed with harmful and addictive substances. Scientific evidence has shown conclusively that all forms of tobacco cause health problems throughout life, frequently resulting in death or disability. Smokers have markedly increased risks of multiple cancers, particularly lung cancer, and are at far greater risk of heart disease, strokes, emphysema and many other fatal and non-fatal diseases. If they chew tobacco, they risk cancer of the lip, tongue and mouth.

Additionally, tobacco costs have large financial implications for smokers. Use the link below to see how much you could be saving if you quit: 

Are e-cigarettes safer?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that you do not use any sort of e-cigarette or vaping product, including those that contain THC. This recommendation comes from a multistate outbreak of lung injuries related to e-cigarette products, with 1,604 confirmed cases and 34 confirmed deaths.

With these statistics in mind, the CDC deems e-cigarettes unsafe for teens and young adults. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is a highly addictive substance and can harm adolescent brain development. In addition to containing nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances, with one unidentified substance contributing to the outbreak of lung injuries. And while e-cigarettes are advertised as a way to quit smoking, young people who use e-cigarettes may actually be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future. 

What is an e-cigarette?

An e-cigarette is a device that delivers nicotine in the form of an aerosol. They come in many shapes and sizes, most e-cigarettes have a battery, a heating element and a place to hold a liquid. To produce the aerosol, the e-cigarette heats a liquid that usually contains nicotine, ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs, flavoring such as diacetyl (a chemical linked to a serious lung disease), volatile organic compounds, cancer-causing chemicals and heavy metals (e.g., nickel, tin and lead). Users inhale this aerosol into their lungs, and bystanders can also breathe in this aerosol when the user exhales into the air. Additionally, e-cigarettes can be used to deliver marijuana and other drugs into the lungs.

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Trying to quit?

There are great campus, state and national resources and support available to help you quit. Different quit options include tobacco cessation counseling, medication and text/phone/web support.

Learn more about how you can quit below.