paleskinner 2 years, 11 months ago on Our Opinion: Should government climb in the tanning bed?

@ traciec8 has any pediatrician ever told your child to put on NON SPF lotion and sun bathe at the equator at noon?

Did you know the FTC does not permit salons to say indoor tanning is "safer than tanning outdoors because the amount of ultraviolet light received when tanning indoors is monitored and controlled- look it up..

Did you know the FDA is considering changes to its performance standard for sunlamp products? The UK is not having much luck enforcing theirs - "A new study by Cancer Research UK looked at sunbeds in England and found 90 percent failed existing safety rules for levels of UV (ultraviolet) rays."


"Sunlamps and tanning beds are the main sources of deliberate artificial UVR exposures.16 The intensity of UVA radiation produced by large, powerful tanning units may be 10 to 15 times higher than that of the midday sun. Artificial tanning is a common practice among teenagers."

AAP RECOMMENDS " Federal, state, and local governments should work toward passing legislation to ban minors' access to tanning salons. Governments should work to ensure that such legislation is enforced."



"While the precise roles of specific UV wavelengths in both melanin production and carcinogenesis are still to be fully elucidated, DNA damage appears to be the key intermediary for both. Tanning induced by UVR that is devoid of carcinogenic risk may be scientifically impossible."

"Recently, in order to achieve more efficient tanning in shorter sessions, high-intensity UVA-emitting lamps have been introduced. These high-intensity sunbeds are capable of emitting up to 10 to 15 times more UVA compared to midday sunlight "

IBISWorld notes 19,152 businesses

Quote from interview with FairWarning health care journalist Bridget Huber Q: You mention that indoor tanning is a $4.9 billion industry – where did you get that number?

A: That figure comes from the market research firm IBISWorld. One thing to note about that figure, too, is that it only includes tanning salons. So, it doesn't take into account the companies that make and sell sunbeds, lamps, lotions, goggles, etc. So, the broader industry is actually even bigger, overall, though I couldn't find a solid figure quantifying its size.


paleskinner 2 years, 11 months ago on Our Opinion: Should government climb in the tanning bed?


"Evidence suggests that tanning greatly increases your risk of developing skin cancer. And, contrary to popular belief, getting a tan will not protect your skin from sunburn "

National Cancer Institute melanoma risk factors - sunburn is clearly not the only risk factor.

NCI:"Risk factors for melanoma include having fair skin that burns easily, high lifetime exposure to natural or artificial sunlight, a history of blistering sunburns, having a dysplastic nevus or many common moles, and a family history of melanoma."

Leading cancer researcher DeAnn Lazovich, PhD comments on burns:

"Researchers said patients were more likely to have reported painful burns while tanning indoors - experienced a greater number of burns while using a tanning device or experienced painful sunburns at a time when they thought they were protected from the sun by indoor tanning -"

American Academy of Dermatology references burns -

"In a recent survey of adolescent tanning bed users, it was found that about 58 percent had burns due to frequent exposure to indoor tanning beds/lamps."

"The FDA estimates that there are about 3,000 hospital emergency room cases a year due to indoor tanning bed and lamp exposure."

Study finds " Sunburn a Common Result of Indoor Tanning by College-Aged Females"

 "Among those who did use indoor tanning, 1,429 indoor tanning sessions were reported, with one in five sessions resulting in sunburn. 
 'In 39 percent of the sessions, study participants did not wear goggles to shield their eyes from radiation."

AMA and the AAP support legislation

" Indoor tanning is particularly dangerous, because tanning beds can emit 10 to 15 times more UVR radiation than the midday sun said Dr. Balk, also a professor of clinical pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York. "If we protect kids from smoking, why shouldn't we protect them from this other carcinogen?" Dr. Balk asked.

"There are over 50,000 tanning salons in the United States, more than there are McDonalds and Starbucks combined, and it's an industry that's completely unregulated," Dr. Chitkara said "

FDA - lamps

    "In a December 2008 Report to Congress, FDA noted that FDA/NCI studies found that  the UV exposures typically provided by sunlamp products are excessive-"


paleskinner 2 years, 11 months ago on Our Opinion: Should government climb in the tanning bed?

You are opposed to this child protection/cancer reduction effort, not for practical reasons, but philosophical? Did you take the time to review the Senate report? Parental consent does not reduce youth tanners.. It is you that lacks common sense News Tribune, not the parents whose children have been lied to and exploited for a buck. Banning minors sends a clear message to all citizens that UV radiation is a recognized carcinogen - it encourages responsible sun exposure.

Question: How can you rationally expect the public to pay attention to important UV warning messages while governments permit school children to use indoor tanning beds - some of which are reportedly up to 15 times hotter than the sun?