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Lawmakers seek tanning bed restrictions update

Source: Life Science Daily

By Douglas Clark

Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Charles W. Dent (R-PA) are seeking an update with regard to a proposal restricting tanning beds to adults 18 and older.

The representatives, who serve as co-chairs of the Congressional Skin Cancer Caucus, recently forwarded correspondence to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb inquiring about the proposal, which was originally initiated in 2015.

“Tanning beds are a serious health threat, particularly for young women,” Maloney said. “We’ve known for years that they give our children cancer and it’s long past time we do something about it. If you need to be 18 to buy a cigarette, you should have to be 18 to use a tanning bed.”

Maloney and Dent said the World Health Organization’s International Agency of Research on Cancer has declared UV radiation from the sun and artificial sources, such as tanning beds and sun lamps, to be a known carcinogen.

“Our responsibility, both as parents and legislators, is to ensure our young people have ample protection from harmful substances,” Dent said. “In this instance, tanning beds are a key source of UV radiation and they represent a real health hazard to the young men and women using them. By setting the age restriction to 18, the FDA would simply be setting a standard of use already used for cigarette purchases.”

It is estimated indoor tanning may cause upwards of 400,000 cases of skin cancer in America, leading to a total economic cost of $343.1 million.