The ban will include the use of a tanning bed by anyone under 18 years of age.
Skin cancer is becoming an increasing problem in the United States, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just proposed a plan that will ban all electronic tanning devices for teens and children. Despite the fact that we have known about the problems with tanning beds, there has been a record number of teens still using tanning devices. The result is a higher rate of skin cancer in all people, especially teens.
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The FDA has said that anyone under 18 years of age should not use indoor tanning devices and sun lamps. They have also asserted with this plan that the dangers of using any of these products need to be clearly stated. Users will have to sign a form that states these dangers before their first use, and they will have to repeat it every 6 months.
The proposal is likely to go into effect in a few months.
“Today’s action is intended to help protect young people from a known and preventable cause of skin cancer and other harms,” wrote FDA acting Commissioner Stephen Ostroff in a statement. “Individuals under 18 are at greatest risk of the adverse health consequences of indoor tanning.”
The proposal also requires that tanning beds have a panic button in case of emergencies.
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A recent CDC report entitled Preventing Chronic Disease suggests that over the past decade, the number American teens looking out for the health of their skin by using sunscreen fell by 12%. On average, 67.7% of teens were using sunscreen back in 2001 though by 2011 this had fallen significantly to just 56.1%.