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Youth Access to Indoor Tanning Has Decreased Since 2003

Last Updated: July 16, 2012.

 

From 2003 to 2011, increase from two to 11 countries with restrictive indoor tanning legislation

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Since 2003 there has been an increase in the number of countries with nationwide indoor tanning legislation restricting access for youth, according to a study published online July 16 in the Archives of Dermatology.

MONDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- Since 2003 there has been an increase in the number of countries with nationwide indoor tanning legislation restricting access for youth, according to a study published online July 16 in the Archives of Dermatology.

Mary T. Pawlak, M.D., from the Colorado School of Public Health in Aurora, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional study comparing current legislation of indoor tanning throughout the world with existing legislation in 2003.

The researchers found that there was an increase in the number of countries with indoor tanning legislation restricting access by youth (age 18 years or younger), from two in 2003 to 11 in 2011. In Australia, six states or territories restricted indoor tanning for all minors; in Canada, a province and a region implemented youth tanning laws; and in the United States, eight states implemented indoor tanning legislation since 2003, in addition to three preexisting state laws.

"Since 2003, youth access to indoor tanning has become increasingly restricted throughout the world as accumulating evidence demonstrated an association between melanoma and indoor tanning," the authors write. "Additional countries and states are developing indoor tanning restrictions or making their existing legislation more restrictive."

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