Campus Debit Cards and Tobacco Purchases

January 8, 2015

A new study by researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center finds that some colleges let debit cards be used by students to pay for tobacco products that their parents may be subsidizing without knowledge. Of the top 100 colleges and universities as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, 11 allow cigarettes to be purchased with debit cards and 13 allow e-cigarette sales on cards that are typically prepaid by parents. The researchers called on colleges to stop the practice.


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