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University Tort Liability for Allowing College Debit Card Purchasing of Indoor UV Tanning Services

Konstantin V. Grigoryan, MS1; Arthur Best, JD2; Robert P. Dellavalle, MD, PhD, MSPH3
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1University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio
2Sturm College of Law, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
3Dermatology Service, Eastern Colorado Health Care System, US Department of Veteran Affairs, Denver
JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(5):479-480. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.5350.
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Indoor tanning has remained a fairly common practice by American youth despite being linked to increasing rates of melanoma in the United States. Data from a systematic review and meta-analysis revealed that 43% of US university students used indoor tanning in the last year, and 59% have used it at some point in their lives.1 The highest rate of indoor tanning use has repeatedly been among the college-aged population. Recently, 48% of the top 125 colleges ranked by US News and World Report were found to have indoor tanning either on campus or in off-campus housing that is marketed to students.2 This allows for easy access, placing students at risk from the harmful effects of tanning devices.

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