Monday, November 25, 2019

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 25, 2019 – UT System Eliminate Tobacco Use initiative recently recognized UTRGV for its determination and commitment to ending tobacco usage on campus.

UTRGV was listed under the “Success Stories” section on the Eliminate Tobacco Use’s website. The story was “All Signs Point to Tobacco-Free” and highlighted the marketing materials, proactive messages around campus and its availability in English and Spanish.

The Eliminate Tobacco Use Initiative was created in 2015 as a collaborative efforts between Dr. David Lakey of The University of Texas System (UT System) and Dr. Ernest Hawk, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MD Anderson), along with the EndTobacco Program team at MD Anderson and the Office of Health Affairs at UT System.

The initiative previously shared UTRGV’s efforts during the 2018 Great American Smokeout with “Strength in Numbers.”

Visit Eliminate Tobacco Use to learn more about the initiative.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.