Feds want to ban young people from using tanning beds

Feds want to ban young people from using tanning beds

The FDA may enact regulations that completely ban minors from using tanning beds.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is getting ready for a massive ban on tanning beds.

Out of concern that tanning beds produce harmful rays, the FDA wants to restrict minors from using tanning beds at all, requiring that an individual be at least 18 years old, according to a CNN report.

In addition, those who visit tanning salons will have to sign a risk acknowledgement form before they take a session, and they must sign it again every six months.

The reason the FDA is taking this action is the harm tanning beds have been shown to cause, including a whopping 59 percent increase of melanoma, or skin cancer. And that’s just for people who have used a tanning bed once, with risks continuing to go up for each subsequent tanning.

Exposure to the sun is already a risk factor for melanoma — add to that the fact that tanning beds are 10 to 15 times more intense than the midday sun, and it’s easy to see why the health community is concerned about these contraptions.

But, much like many other things, the risks don’t seem to keep people away who really wanted that golden skin without having to resort to sprays or spending hours in the sun.

The American Academy of Dermatology finds that 35 percent of dollars — and 59 percent of college students — have done indoor tanning at least one time in their lives. An alarming 17 percent of teens have done so as well, with about 1.6 million minors doing indoor tanning every year — a stat that has prompted the FDA to move on these regulations.

The Indoor Tanning Association issued a statement that said it was fine with label changes so that people understand the risks, but the parents ought to decide if a teen should be doing indoor tanning, not the government.

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