-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teen girls are less
likely to go to indoor tanning salons if they live in states that
restrict their use of tanning beds, a new study reveals.
Research has shown an association between the use of tanning
beds and a raised risk of skin cancer later in life.
The study authors analyzed government data on U.S. high school
students from 2009 and 2011, and found that about 23 percent of
girls and 6.5 percent of boys engaged in indoor tanning.
However, teen girls' use of indoor tanning was 30 percent lower
in states with any indoor tanning laws than in those without any
restrictions, the investigators found.
In states with "system access" laws (warning signs, limited
advertising and mandated protective eyewear), and parental
permission and age restriction laws, teen girls' use of indoor
tanning was 42 percent lower than in states with no
Having restrictions had no effect on teen males' use of indoor
tanning, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention study published online Feb. 13 in the
American Journal of Public Health.
"State indoor tanning laws, especially age restrictions, may be effective in reducing indoor tanning among our nation's youth," study author Gery Guy, of the CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, said in an agency news release.
"We need to address the harms of indoor tanning, especially among children. Indoor tanning laws can be part of a comprehensive effort to prevent skin cancers and change social norms around tanned skin," Guy added.
Currently, six states (California, Illinois, Nevada, Oregon,
Texas and Vermont) restrict indoor tanning use by people younger
than 18, and a number of other states are either strengthening
existing laws or considering new restrictions, according to the
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposal would reclassify
indoor tanning units from low- to moderate-risk devices, and
recommends that no one younger than age 18 engage in indoor
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Copyright © EBSCO Publishing. All rights reserved.