Skin Cancer Prevention 2019

2019 Skin Cancer Prevention Progress Report 29 POLICY AND PROGRAM INDICATORS Certain environmental and policy interventions can decrease overexposure to UV radiation and increase use of sun protection by making it easier for people to make healthy choices. Indoor Tanning Restrictions for Minors The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that indoor tanning devices should not be used by minors younger than 18 years. 27 CDC research suggests that indoor tanning laws that include age restrictions may be effective in reducing indoor tanning, particularly among high school girls. 2,23 As of July 2019, 21 states and the District of Columbia have prohibited indoor tanning among minors younger than 18 years of age (Figure 7). In December 2015, the FDA proposed a nationwide rule to restrict tanning bed use to adults aged 18 or older and require that they sign a risk acknowledgement certification before use. 28 Figure 7 State Indoor Tanning Restrictions for Minors Younger than 18 Years, as of July 2019 Indoor Tanning Restrictions for Minors 2019 Prohibits some minors from tanning Parental permission or accompaniment only No restrictions for minors Prohibits all minors under 18 from tanning WA OR ID MT WY UT NV CA AZ AK NC SC NM CO GA PA NY ND SD NE KY KS OK TX AL VA WV NJ DE NH MA RI VT CT ME MD DC TN MS MO IA WI MN MI OH IN IL LA AR HI FL Source: National Conference of State Legislatures. 29 “Prohibits some minors from tanning” is defined as restrictions for any other age group, including for minors younger than 17, 16, 15, or 14.

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