The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) applauds the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee’s thorough investigation of indoor tanning salons.
The new investigative report documented false health claims and misleading information given to customers, especially minors. The results call for policymakers to increase regulation of indoor tanning devices, AADA states in a press release.
According to the report, four out of five salons falsely claimed that indoor tanning is beneficial to a young person’s health,and more than half of the salons denied that indoor tanning increased skin cancer risk.
Some states do require parental consent for minors, but California took it a step further. They recently enacted legislation that prohibits young adults under the age of 18 from indoor tanning. The AADA encourages more states to follow suit. What’s more, the AADA urges the FDA to take steps to classify the devices in a category that more closely matches their health risks and places additional regulations on them.