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US campus and university debit card policies regarding tobacco and electronic cigarettes
  1. Lindsay N Boyers1,
  2. Chante Karimkhani2,
  3. Jennifer Riggs3,
  4. Robert P Dellavalle4,5,6
  1. 1 Georgetown University, School of Medicine, Washington DC, USA
  2. 2 Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York, USA
  3. 3 Department of Internal Medicine, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, New York, USA
  4. 4 US Department of Veterans Affairs, Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Denver, Colorado, USA
  5. 5 University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado, USA
  6. 6 Department of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health, Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado, USA
  1. Correspondence to Robert P Dellavalle, Dermatology Service, Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, 1055 Clermont Street, Box 165, Denver, CO 80220, USA; robert.dellavalle{at}

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A modern advancement of university student identification cards is the ability to load the card with ‘campus cash’, converting it to a debit card that can be used to purchase goods and services at various university-affiliated merchants on-campus and off-campus. Students or, more commonly, parents can load these university debit cards with money. Policies regarding the use and management of these debit cards are institution specific. Some universities allow use of campus cash at off-campus vendors while others limit the debits cards for on-campus use only, such as dining halls and convenience stores. A prior study discovered that 42% of surveyed university students used their university debit card to purchase cigarettes.1 In addition, more than one-quarter million youth who had never smoked a cigarette used electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in 2013.2

This exploratory investigation assessed campus and university-affiliated debit card policies regarding tobacco and e-cigarettes at major American universities. The university debit card policies regarding tobacco products and e-cigarettes at the top 100 universities according …

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  • LNB and CK are co-first authors.

  • Contributors RPD was responsible for study concept and design. LNB, CK and JR acquired, analysed and interpreted data and were responsible for drafting of the manuscript. All authors provided critical revision for the manuscript as well as administrative, technical and material support.

  • Competing interests RPD is supported by grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is also chair of the Colorado Skin Cancer Prevention Task Force. LNB and RPD are employed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. The CDC, NIH, and US Department of Veterans Affairs were not involved in the creation of this manuscript and its contents do not express their opinions.

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