Teen indoor tan ban?: FDA Teen Indoor Tanning Ban

Published: December 19, 2015

Teen indoor tan ban?: FDA Teen Indoor Tanning Ban, The Food and Drug Administration proposed unprecedented new rules Friday that would bar anyone under 18 from using a sunlamp or indoor tanning device.

The proposed new rules also would require anyone over 18 who uses a tanning salon or other product to sign a certification saying they understand the risks – which include skin cancer and severe burns.

And the FDA, which regulates the tanning beds and sunlamps as medical devices, said it would force manufacturers to make already required warning labels more prominent, add a “panic” button to turn the lamp off, and make other safety modifications.

Too many people still believe that indoor tanning is somehow safer than being out in the sun. It isn’t, said Dr. Vasum Peiris, chief medical officer in the FDA’s division that regulates medical devices for children.

“Indoor tanning is designed to deliver large amounts of UV (ultraviolet) radiation in a short time,” Peiris told reporters.

Some of the lamps can deliver 10 to 15 times the intensity of the midday sun, he said.

“The FDA’s long-awaited tanning device proposals are an important step that will help to reduce skin cancer diagnoses and deaths,” the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, which advocates in Washington on health issues, said in a statement.

“”Once it spreads, almost nothing works…I know I’m looking at a virtual death sentence.””

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