Indoor Tanning Legislation
New Sunbed Laws in Place This Year
In New Zealand, new laws banning under 18-year-olds and restricting fair-skinned people from using sunbeds will be in place by the end of the year.
April 5, 2013
Maine Governor Vetoes Restrictions on Teen Tanning
Maine Gov. Paul LePage announced Thursday that he vetoed a bill to prohibit tanning facilities from allowing those under 18 years of age to use tanning machines.
April 4, 2013
NJ Gov. Christie Signs Legislation Banning Tanning Bed Use by Minors Year After Mom Charged
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation banning anyone under 17 from using a tanning bed and anyone under 14 from getting a spray tan a year after the state's Tanning Mom became a tabloid sensation.
April 1, 2013
Quebec Bans Teens From Tanning Beds
Quebec is set to become the latest province to ban the use of tanning beds for people under the age of 18.
February 10, 2013
Govt Ban on Tanning Studios Will Save Thousands of Lives
CANCER Council Queensland has said thousands of lives will be saved thanks to a State Government decision to ban the sale of solariums from the start of next year.
December 17, 2012
Victoria to Ban Solariums, Urges National Plan
The Victorian government wants a national strategy on solariums, including banning their importation and manufacture, after joining NSW and South Australia in outlawing the commercial use of sunbeds.
December 13, 2012
Ontario Will Ban Teens From Tanning Beds
Ontario, Canada will ban the use of tanning beds by people under the age of 18 to protect them from skin cancer, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced Friday.
September 14, 2012
Springfield Aldermen Vote to Bar Teens From Tanning Businesses
Springfield, IL aldermen on Tuesday voted to prohibit minors from using commercial tanning beds, regardless of whether their parents say it's OK.
September 4, 2012
Additional Restrictions of Indoor UV Tanning
Embattled tanning industry fights back, taking its cues from Big Tobacco
A training video for tanning salon employees made by the International Smart Tan Network, an industry group, is portraying doctors and other health authorities as the true villains - trying to counter a broad consensus among medical authorities that sunbed use increases the risk of skin cancer including melanoma, the most lethal form.
August 23, 2012
Virginia Unlikely to Consider Altering Tanning Law
"Tanning regulations do not currently take prevalence over the many other health concerns in our area," said Gary Hagy, director of food and environmental health at the Virginia Health Department.
August 16, 2012
Oakville first in Ontario to restrict tanning beds
Oakville became the first Ontario municipality to restrict tanning bed use Monday - anyone under age 18 cannot use them.
August 14, 2012
Indoor tanning bans more common than a decade ago
More and more countries, along with several U.S. states, are banning indoor tanning altogether or restricting access to it, according to a new study.
July 19, 2012
Bilbray Announces Skin Cancer Research Fund
To combat melanoma, the fastest growing cancer in the United States, California Republican Rep. Brian Bilbray is helping to establish a fund dedicated to skin cancer research.
May 14, 2012
NI to introduce ban on under-18s using sunbeds
Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has announced new legislation which bans people under the age of 18 from using, hiring or buying sunbeds.
May 1, 2012
Province Will Ban Tanning Beds For Anyone Under 18
The provincial government will ban the use of tanning beds by people under 18 in an effort to cut the risk of skin cancer.
March 20, 2012
Tanning Salons To Be Banned in NSW
The government is set to announce today that commercial solariums will be banned in three years' time.
February 4, 2012
Congressional Investigation Finds Tanning Salons Lie About Health Risks to Patrons
Few tanning salons tell the truth about the health risks of indoor bronzing, according to an investigative report conducted by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.
February 1, 2012
New Law: No More Indoor Tans for California Minors
The new year will make California the first state in the nation to ban indoor tanning for all minors.
January 2, 2012
Governor Jerry Brown Signs First-Ever Bill Banning Minors from Tanning Beds
AIM at Melanoma, the largest international foundation dedicated to melanoma research and patient advocacy, applauds Governor Jerry Brown's signing today of Senate Bill 746, which now bans children under 18 from using indoor tanning beds.
October 10, 2011
New Leadership In House May Dampen Push For Indoor Tanning Regulations
While Rep. Boehner steadfastly denies ever using tanning beds, he can be expected to strongly support - if not actually lead - efforts that will surely come from the newly empowered GOP to repeal that tax, seen as many (including the AADA) as a deterrent to the use of tanning beds, and predicted to raise $2.7 billion to help fund the new healthcare program.
December 1, 2010
N.S. to Ban Minors From Tanning Beds
Health Minister Maureen MacDonald introduced legislation Friday that would ban the use of tanning beds for anyone in Nova Scotia under the age of 19.
November 22, 2010
Ban Planned for Self-Service Solariums
Plans are afoot to ban self-service tanning salons in Finland in the near future.
November 11, 2010
Tanning Bylaw Urged
The regional manager of the Canadian Cancer Society took aim at skin cancer Monday when she asked St. Thomas council to place restrictions on tanning bed companies in town.
November 4, 2010
New law bans Under-18s from solariums
Austrian teenagers are banned from using tanning shops amid skin cancer fears.
September 1, 2010
Federal and State Regulations on Indoor Tanning Support Scientific Evidence
As the scientific evidence mounts more federal and state agencies are taking action to educate and protect Americans against the serious risks of indoor tanning.
June 29, 2010
FTC Approves Settlement Order with Indoor Tanning Association
The order settled charges that the association exaggerated the benefits and falsely denied the skin cancer and melanoma risks associated with indoor tanning.
May 19, 2010
Maryland Legislation Introduced to Prohibit Indoor Tanning for Minors
"New Maryland legislation to protect youth from melanoma ... is based on significant scientific evidence that indoor tanning before the age of 30 is undeniably linked to increased risk of developing the disease." Coalition of 20 legislators in House and Senate. Article also mentions support from Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation, ACS, Center for a Healthy Maryland, Maryland State Med. Soc., AAD, and AADA.
March 10, 2010
FTC to make Tanning Beds Settlement Permanent
"Having reached a settlement forbidding the Indoor Tanning Association to make false health and safety claims in its advertising regarding tanning beds dangers, the Federal Trade Commission is now set to vote on making the settlement permanent." Public comment period ended Feb. 26.
March 6, 2010
Study: Tanning Ads Similar to Smoking Ads
Dr. D. Jones et al. in the J. of the Amer. Acad. of Dermatology reviewed 2,000 tobacco ads and 350 tanning ads, finding similar strategies. Both types of ads often downplay health concerns. "They sometimes recruit physicians as allies..."
February 25, 2010
U.S. FDA Advisory Meetings through April
General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel of The Medical Devices Advisory Committee to meet on March 25. "The committee will be asked to recommend whether changes to current classification or current regulatory controls of UV emitting devices (lamps) used for tanning are needed."
March 1, 2010
Tanning Bed Regulation Heats-Up Over Cancer Concerns
U.S. Food and Drug Admin. and Congress may not be doing enough. Dr. J. A. Mayer of San Diego State: ".... the federal measures are not enough to protect teens from skin cancer.... Our data and data of other researchers lead me to conclude that the only thing that will really work to protect teens from this carcinogen is to ban indoor tanning of minors..."
February 11, 2010
Government Regulation of Indoor UV Tanning in Canada
Canada Moves to Ban Indoor Tanning in Kids Under 18 The Canadian Dermatology Association aims "to convince Parliament to ban the use of indoor tanning beds by people younger than 18.... Following the WHO announcement, lawmakers in the United Kingdom initiated efforts to ban teenagers from using tanning beds. The United States, however, has thus far only decided to consider stricter warnings to consumers about the use of tanning beds and the risk of cancer."
February 2, 2010
Tanning Association Settles Charges of Deceiving Consumers
FTC complaint:"in March 2008, the association launched an advertising campaign designed to portray indoor tanning as safe and beneficial."
January 27, 2010
"Safe Tans" Feeling the Burn from Potential Tan Ban
"Pa. Congressman Charles Dent and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York are trying to gather support for a new bill that will heavily regulate the use of tanning beds. The Tanning Bed Cancer Control Act, if passed, will expand federal regulations of tanning beds -- limiting the amount of UV rays emitted by tanning beds and the length of time a consumer can be exposed to the harmful radiation."
January 26, 2010
Tax on Tanning
"During this tanning tax debate, you will hear arguments that a tanning bed ban or tax will be harmful to small business. Jobs might be lost. But wait.... The tanning bed industry should not be allowed to continue to profit by selling known cancer-causing UV exposure to our minors."
January 14, 2010
New Indoor Tanning Tax in the Works
In Senate discussion of health-care reform, "generating additional healthcare revenue continues to occupy the agenda," including tax on some cosmetic surgery and tanning services.
December 8, 2009
Tanning Beds May Face Tougher Rules Over Cancer Risk (Update1)
"Outside advisers to the Food and Drug Administration will meet March 25 ... to discuss ‘a growing body of literature' suggesting a link between intentional exposure to ultraviolet radiation and cancer.... [W]ill discuss whether rules on the use of tanning lamps should be strengthened...."
November 16, 2009
Many Teens Circumvent Tanning Bed Laws. Though Operators Largely Follow
the Rules, the Laws are Too Lax, Study Shows.
Dr. D. Fisher of Mass. General: "...[I]n real life, a 15-year-old, fair-skinned girl is not going say 'Hello, I'm fair-skinned. Do you require my parent's permission? They may say, 'Hi, can I get a tan? I'm 19.' We probably know more about the identity of the culprit in melanoma than any other cancer in the world.... We should have the steepest decline of any cancer, and in fact we have the steepest increase of any cancer."
September 21, 2009
Should Tanning Beds be Put to Rest?
On the WHO-IARC report calling tanning beds carcinogens. Article notes that the epidemiological case control studies behind the report are not very strong evidence. But scientifically better clinical studies on real patients would be unethical. Other knowledge is based on animal experiments and cell cultures. "Despite the limitations of the evidence, it seems likely that tanning beds probably do increase the risk of a fatal skin cancer, especially in those who start young." Don't use them if you want a long life.
August 25, 2009
Sunbeds Elevated to Top Cancer Risk Level: WHO [World Health Organization]
The International Agency for Research on Cancer now classes sunbeds in "its highest cancer risk category." "'The use of sunbeds is carcinogenic to humans. It causes melanoma of the skin, and melanoma of the eye,' said Vincent Cogliano, an IARC researcher."
July 28, 2009
WHO: Tanning Beds Cause Cancer
"... [T]he scientific evidence linking indoor tanning to the deadly skin cancer melanoma ‘sufficient and compelling.' A dramatic rise in melanoma, especially among young women, has been seen in recent years." Dr. Lichtenfeld of the Amer. Cancer Society: "This report puts to rest the argument that tanning with UVA light is safe.... As noted by the IARC report, UVA light is also a class I carcinogen...."
July 28, 2009
'No Doubt' Sunbeds Cause Cancer
"The link between sunbeds and skin cancer has been convincingly shown in a number of scientific studies. However, the Sunbed Association [European trade association] said there was no proven link between the responsible use of sunbeds and skin cancer."
July 28, 2009
Banning Teens from Tanning Beds [British Columbia]
Dr. D. McLean of the University of British Columbia "argues that parental consent forms and voluntary guidelines are not working, so we need legislated rules. Indeed, in 2003 the World Health Organization called for countries to impose a ban on youth under 18 using artificial tanning beds." Mentions that only New Brunswick in Canada has such a ban.
July 28, 2009
Could Being Tan Lose Its Glow?
"Cosmetically, women are seeing the results of their mothers and grandmothers who started sunbathing along with Coco those many years ago. But instead of looking like Mme. Chanel, they look more like her handbags. Sun damage to the skin is not pretty, and neither is the dangerous possibility of skin cancer."
July 21, 2009
Bronze Age: How the Suntan Became a Standard Summer Accessory
The longest article in a news website on the history of views about tanned skin and some aspects of tanning technology.
June 26, 2009
Tanning Risks on the Rise for Teens
A 25-year-old young lady who was a frequenter of tanning booths suffers from skin cancer. NY law prohibits tanning under 14; those between 14-18 need parental consent. Must educate parents.
May 20, 2009
Bill [OH] Aims to Stop Tanning Teens
"Under the current guidelines in Ohio, minors are required to have parental consent to use a tanning bed. But lawmakers say for health reasons, they want to pass legislation requiring a doctor's note."
April 24, 2009
Senate [SD] Kills Tanning Consent Bill
"Opponents of the legislation said many tanning salons already ask for parental permission and that there are bigger issues to tackle this session."
February 10, 2009
New Laws in Place for Solarium Use
In Victoria, people whose skin always burns "will be banned from using the equipment."
January 25, 2009
Cancer Society [NZ] Calling for Mandatory Legislation for Sun-Bed Salons
"The Cancer Society is calling for the Government to follow Australia's
lead in setting mandatory legislation for sun-bed salons."
January 25, 2009