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Tobacco-free but not tobacco industry free
  1. Ana L Herrera,
  2. Daniel S Kreitzberg,
  3. Alexandra Loukas,
  4. Keryn E Pasch
  1. Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Keryn E Pasch, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, University of Texas at Austin, 2109 San Jacinto, D3700, Austin 78712, TX, USA; kpasch{at}

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In recent years a movement has spread across the USA to designate colleges 100% tobacco-free in an effort to reduce tobacco use and exposure to tobacco marketing among college students. As of January 2016, there are over 1000 tobacco-free campuses within the US.1 Although federal policies restrict tobacco companies from marketing their products to those under 18 years of age, tobacco industry documents show that they actively target young adults aged 18 years, their youngest legal demographic, through a variety of methods.2 Despite the efforts of advocates to eliminate the presence of tobacco on college campuses, one area of tobacco control that often gets overlooked is the …

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  • Contributors ALH, DSK and KEP conceived of the study. ALH and DSK drafted the manuscript and collected the data. KEP and AL critically reviewed the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.