The New England Indoor Tanning Story
Currently indoor tanning is banned to those under 18 in the following states:
California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Louisiana,Vermont, Minnesota, Howard County, Maryland, Danvers, MA and the District of Columbia.
The Indoor Tanning Story
Today we know that 35% of American adults, 59% of college students, and 17% of teen have reported using a tanning bed at any time in their lifetime. Close to 30 million people tan indoors in this country annually and of these 2.3 million are teens. In addition more than 70% of these tanning bed users are Caucasian girls and women, aged 16-29. Most startling is that this same group of young women, melanoma is the second most common cancer. In 2011, the World Health Organization issue a report naming ultraviolet radiation (UV) from both tanning beds and the sun, was a cancer–causing substance. Indoor tanning beds emit UV at a greater amount than the sun and exposure to UV radiation is associated with an increased a risk of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. At the same time, studies have found a 59% increase in the risk of melanoma in those who have been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning, and the risk increases with each use. Multiple studies have shown that the exposure to UV radiation during indoor tanning damages the DNA in the skin cells. Excessive exposure to UV radiation during indoor tanning can lead to premature skin aging, immune suppression and eye damage, including cataracts and ocular melanoma. In addition to these risks, frequent, intentional exposure to UV light may lead to tanning addiction. MFNE along with the American Cancer Society, the American Academy of Dermatology and Melanoma organizations around the county urge everyone to avoid indoor tan and support legislation to ban indoor tanning to teens under age 18. While we would not allow our teens to buy and smoke cigarettes because they cause cancer, the same is true about tanning beds.