Tanning beds are used by 1.6 million minors every year in the U.S., even though they're known to contribute to melanoma and other skin cancers. Recently, in a step to protect people from the dangers of tanning beds, the FDA proposed two rules to prevent Americans, especially teens, from cancer caused by indoor tanning.
The first rule would prevent anyone under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning. The second would require that those over 18 sign an acknowledgement of risk before their first use of a tanning bed. That waiver would have to be renewed every six months. Through these rules, the FDA hopes to raise the awareness of the risks associated with tanning beds.
“These proposed rules are meant to help adults make their decisions based on truthful information and to ensure manufacturers and tanning facilities take additional steps to improve the safety of these devices,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen Ostroff, M.D.
By having people start using tanning beds later in life, the FDA hopes to limit the damage done over time. Also, hopefully adults are able to make an informed decision.
The proposal also suggests that tanning beds be required to have a “panic” shutdown button, to limit the amount of light that passes through safety eye wear, and making safety warnings on tanning beds easier to read.
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