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FDA Tanning Bed Warnings Advise Youngsters

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FDA Tanning Bed Warnings Advise Youngsters

FDA Tanning Bed Warnings Advise Youngsters

New FDA Tanning Bed Warnings Advise Youngsters

With more and more teenagers increasingly drawn to tanning bed usage to provide a sun-kissed complexion that can lead to cancer, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing new rules regarding tanning bed use.

The new FDA regulation would require tanning bed manufacturers to post a warning on every unit indicating that they are not for use by children or teenagers.

The American Academy of Dermatology reports that almost 10 percent of the 28 million Americans who currently use tanning beds are teenagers, who experience greater risk of developing skin cancers after exposure to the ultraviolet light used in indoor tanning equipment.

According to the new FDA regulations, tanning bed manufacturers would have to seek FDA approval before they would be allowed to sell any tanning bed product. Although clinical trials of their tanning bed would not be required, they would have to demonstrate to the FDA’s satisfaction that the tanning bed being sold has proper electrical construction as well as adequate software reliability to prevent accidents or overexposure to dangerous levels of radiation.

Some states, such as New Jersey, are already being proactive by making it illegal for minors under the age of 18 to use tanning salons without parental permission.

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