The administration at Purdue University is warning students that sharing vaping devices has been linked to coronavirus cases on campus.
They say it’s been linked to multiple cases, especially in shared housing including fraternities, sororities, and cooperative houses.
Purdue University released the following statement last week:
The sharing of vaping devices is believed to be the cause of certain spread of COVID-19 at Purdue University to date, particularly within congregate housing such as fraternities, sororities and cooperative houses.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus, please do not share vaping devices or related items (cigarettes, hookahs, etc.).
In a new study by Stanford researchers, young adults who vape were found to be five times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than those who don’t, and those who smoke and vape are seven times more likely.
You can read the full statement from the university on protect.purdue.edu.
Senior Adam Lechowicz smokes a corncob pipe on weekends. He also has a second one if a friend wants to try it, too.
“That one gets passed around a little bit,” Lechowicz said. “I’m bad about cleaning it. Even before coronavirus, someone has the flu or a cold, you can definitely share anything through the mouth. But, it’s never stopped me before.”
Lechowicz said risk-taking behaviors are only natural among the traditional college student.
“It doesn’t surprise me that it would happen. It shouldn’t surprise the university either. They’re putting a lot of pressure on us to perform at these unnatural levels of expectations,” he said. “I think they are trying to us as a scapegoat if things go poorly.”
Lechowicz isn’t the only one. Another student who declined to go on camera because he was worried about his parents said he often shared his vaping device with his roommates.
Lechowicz said he will make a better effort to wash or wipe down his pipe between uses but will not stop offering it to others.
“No, it’s hospitality. I’m not going to be rude about it.”
On Tuesday, Purdue released its plans for the spring semester. It brings students back on Jan. 19 after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and, as a result, eliminates spring break. There’s also a fully online option, too.