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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. 1Georgetown University, School of Medicine, Washington DC, USA
  2. 2Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York, USA
  3. 3Department of Internal Medicine, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, New York, USA
  4. 4US Department of Veterans Affairs, Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Denver, Colorado, USA
  5. 5University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado, USA
  6. 6Department 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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