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.
‘National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2013 reports that 1.6 million minors indoor tan each year which increase their risk of skin cancer and other skin damages.
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.
- restrict use of indoor tan beds to individuals 18 and older.
- Adults users must sign a risk acknowledgement certification before their first tanning session and every six months after that.Proposal 2: FDA has issued these rules for the tan bed manufacturers.
- To make warnings bigger on the device and fix a Panic button for emergency shut off.
- Limit the amount of light to the light allowed through protective eye wear
- Improving labeling on replacement bulb and prohibiting dangerous device modifications
"The FDA understands that some adults may decide to continue to use sunlamp products. These proposed rules are meant to help adults make their decisions based on truthful information and to ensure manufacturers and tanning facilities take additional steps to improve the safety of these devices," said Ostroff.