Eighteen states now considering indoor tanning bans for teens

USA Today reports, “Eighteen states are considering measures banning the use of indoor tanning devices for those under 18, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures,” while “five more are weighing increased regulation, such as requiring parental consent.

“’It’s a major push this year”,'” said dermatologist Ron Moy, MD, of the American Academy of Dermatology. Approximately “30 million people, including 2.3 million teens, use indoor tanning devices each year, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.”

However, “indoor tanning is undeniably linked to increased risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form, said Moy,” with effects being “more severe for those who tan at a young age.”

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