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FDA Proposes to Ban Harmful Indoor Tanning Beds for Children Below 18 Years

by Reshma Anand on December 19, 2015 at 2:25 PM
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FDA Proposes to Ban Harmful Indoor Tanning Beds for Children Below 18 Years

Health authorities are creating awareness about the risks associated with indoor tanning beds across the world. Recently, the Food and Drug administration (FDA) has proposed to ban children below the age of 18 years from using indoor tan beds.

"Today's action is intended to help protect young people from a known and preventable cause of skin cancer and other harms. Individuals under 18 years are at greatest risk of the adverse health consequences of indoor tanning," said Stephen Ostroff, acting FDA Commissioner.

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UV radiation exposure in children and teenagers puts them at a greater risk of skin and eye damage later in life. Also, indoor tanning increases the risk for melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer.

FDA has issued two proposed rules regarding indoor tanning beds,

Proposal 1: Both Children and adults must abide these rules.

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