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FDA Proposes Banning Minors From Tanning Beds


"Tanning Bed in Use," by Evil Erin. CC by 2.0. - CREATIVECOMMONS.ORG

After several years of debates regarding the use of tanning beds, the Idaho Legislature this year passed a measure that bans indoor tanning for children under 13 and requires parental consent for those aged 14-18. The measure was signed into law by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and went into effective in July.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced this morning that it wants to go a step further, proposing all minors be banned from using tanning bans and adults who use tanning beds to sign a waiver every six months acknowledging they understand the risks.

The FDA estimates as many as 1.6 million American minors use tanning beds each year. Yet the American Academy of Dermatology says people exposed to indoor tanning are 59 percent more likely to develop melanoma.

There are about 19,000 tanning salons in the U.S., in addition to nearly 20,000 spas that also offer indoor tanning.

The proposed FDA rule is available for public comment for the next 90 days.