Cal State LA is Cannabis, Smoke, Vape, and Tobacco Free

Health Alert: Lung Illness Associated with E-Cigarettes/Vaping!

An outbreak of serious lung disease associated with vaping is occurring in California and states across the U.S. Deaths have been reported, including that of a Los Angeles County resident.

For information, please review the following excerpt from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Outbreak of Lung Illness Associated with Using E-cigarette Products and the related resources.

Recommendations for the Public

While this investigation is ongoing, consider not using e-cigarette products.

If you do use e-cigarette products and you experience symptoms like those reported in this outbreak, seek medical care promptly. CDC and the FDA will continue to alert the public throughout this investigation.

Regardless of the ongoing investigation:

  • Youth and young adults should not use e-cigarette products.

  • Women who are pregnant should not use e-cigarette products.

  • Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarette products.

  • If you do use e-cigarette products, you should not buy these products off the street (for example, e-cigarette products with THC or other cannabinoids).

  • You should not modify e-cigarette products or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer.

  • Adult smokers who are attempting to quit should use evidence-based treatments, including counseling and FDA-approved medications. If you need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, contact your doctor or other medical provider.

If you are concerned about your health after using an e-cigarette product, you can also call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

CDC and FDA encourage the public to submit detailed reports of any unexpected health or product issues related to tobacco or e-cigarette products to the FDA via the online Safety Reporting Portal.

Reported Symptoms

  • Patients in this investigation have reported symptoms such as:

    • cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain

    • nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

    • fatigue, fever, or weight loss

  • Some patients have reported that their symptoms developed over a few days, while others have reported that their symptoms developed over several weeks. A pulmonary infection does not appear to be causing the symptoms, which have generally not improved with antibiotic treatment alone.



General Information on Cannabis, Tobacco, Smoking and Vaping

What You Need to Know About Cannabis/Marijuana

What You Need to Know

  • Per the federal Controlled Substances Act, cannabis/marijuana (and hashish, hash oil, honey oil, wax...) is an illegal substance. Medicinal marijuana and synthetic marijuana (also known as K2 and spice) are also illegal.
  • Based on federal laws, Cal State LA prohibits the unlawful possession, manufacture, cultivation, distribution, use, and sale of illegal drugs and controlled substances on campus or on property owned and controlled by the university.

Avoiding Cannabis/Marijuana Reduces Risk of Harm

Risks associated with cannabis include:

  • Physical: Impaired coordination, balance, and reaction time; nausea; dizziness; increased appetite; lung damage; increased appetite; seizures; stroke; violence...
  • Psychological: Anxiety; impaired memory and judgment; disorganized thinking; hallucinations; panic attacks; paranoia...
  • Other: Academic and legal problems; campus sanctions; crashes resulting from driving under the influence; financial aid ineligibility...

For information on Cal State LA Policies, please see:

For information on responsible use, please see:

Resources for those under the age of 21


What You Need to Know About the Smoke, Vape and Tobacco Free Policy

Per California State University Executive Order (EO 1108), "Effective September 1, 2017, all California State University campuses shall be 100% Smoke Free and Tobacco Free. Smoking, the use or sale of tobacco products, and the use of designated smoking areas are prohibited on all California State University properties. Members of the CSU community are expected to fully comply with the policy..."

Important Terms

EO 1108 includes the following definitions:

  • Smoke Free
    • Means the use of cigarettes, pipes, cigars, and other “smoke” emanating products including e-cigarettes, vapor devices and other like products are prohibited on all University properties.
  • Smoke or Smoking
    • Means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, cigarillo, pipe, hookah, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation, whether natural or synthetic, in any manner or in any form. “Smoke” or “Smoking” also includes the use of an electronic smoking device that creates an aerosol or vapor, in any manner or in any form, or the use of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking.
  • Tobacco Free
    • Means the use of cigarettes, pipes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuffs, and other tobacco products are prohibited on all University properties.
  • Tobacco Product
    • Means —
      • A product containing, made or derived from tobacco or nicotine that is intended for human consumption, whether smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, snorted, sniffed, or ingested by any other means, including, but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, and snuff.
      • An electronic device that delivers nicotine or other vaporized liquids to the person inhaling from the device, including, but not limited to, an electronic cigarette, cigar, pipe, or hookah.
      • Any component, part, accessory of a tobacco product, whether or not sold separately.
      • “Tobacco product” does not include a product that has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for sale as a tobacco cessation product or for other therapeutic purposes where the product is marketed and sold solely for such an approved purpose.

Quick Facts on Smoking, Tobacco and Vaping

Smoking & Tobacco

The best thing someone who smokes can do for their health, as well as for the health of those around them, is to quit smoking:

  • Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death.
  • Tobacco kills up to half of its users.
  • Tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year. More than 6 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 890,000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.

For information on smoking and tobacco, please see:

E-Cigarettes | E-Cigs | Vapes

Although some studies indicate using e-cigs may be safer than smoking tobacco, e-cigs are not without risk and there is "no body of research which points to definitive e-cig safety."

  • Nicotine is highly addictive — whether it's found in a cigarette, cigar, hookah, or e-cig — and may lead to addiction to other substances.
  • The human brain doesn't reach full maturity until the mid-20s. Nicotine adversely affects brain development, and can result in attention and learning deficits, mood disorders, lowered impulse control, susceptibility to addiction, and other negative health impacts.
  • Nicotine exposures from e-cigs can result in acute poisoning and death.
  • With or without nicotine, e-cigs may contain harmful, toxic and cancer-causing substances.
  • E-cigs (and other tobacco products, such as hookahs) are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

For information on e-cigs, please see:

Smoking Cessation Help & Quit Resources

For Students: Smoking Cessation at the Student Health Center

For your health: The Student Health Center's pharmacy has over-the-counter nicotine gum available at no cost for students who are interested in smoking cessation and need temporary relief from nicotine cravings. Students seeking smoking cessation assistance may also schedule appointments with a Student Health Center physician for evaluation and care.*

For information or to schedule a confidential appointment, call (323) 343-3302.

*Note: These services are based on eligibility to use Student Health Center services. Please click on Eligibility for information.

For Employees: Breaking Free Tobacco Cessation from LifeMatters®

Breaking Free is a telephone coaching and counseling tobacco cessation program offered through LifeMatters® by Empathia, Cal State LA's confidential employee assistance program. For information or to sign up, call LifeMatters® at (800) 367-7474. Additional information is also available by visiting and entering GOEAGLES, the Cal State LA LifeMatters® access password. An overview of Breaking Free is available through the home page "Services" tab.

Questions related to this and other LifeMatters® programs and services (e.g., counseling, work/life resources and referrals, financial consultation with a certified financial counselor, and legal consultation with an attorney) may also be directed to Erika Ramirez, Cal State LA Human Resources Management, Employee and Labor Relations, at (323) 343-3654.

For Everyone: Smoking Cessation Resources*

*Depending on the resource, assistance is available: at no cost or for a fee; through an app; via online chat; or by phone (including text). All provide online information and some include free materials available for download.

Substance Use and Dependence Concerns


Students with concerns related to substance use and dependence may seek confidential assistance (i.e., not subject to disciplinary action) from Student Health Center medical providers and counseling and psychological services by calling:

  • 323.343.3300


Employees with substance use and dependency concerns may seek care through their personal healthcare providers and/or seek assistance from LifeMatters,® Cal State LA's confidential employee assistance program at (800) 367-7474. Additional information is available by visiting and entering GOEAGLES, the Cal State LA password to access LifeMatters.®

Additional resources:

Apps & Resources