Are Tanning Bed Laws Going To Get Tougher?
By Shellie Terry Benson |
California outlawed indoor tanning for minors to protect them from the risks of developing cancer late last year, and earlier this month, a Connecticut congresswoman is urging officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue more regulations about the use of indoor tanning beds. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) wrote to the FDA urging the agency to enforce the recommendations made by the General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel that were made in March 2010. In those two years, DeLauro explained, tanning beds were a factor in an estimated 5,000 melanoma cases and 750 deaths from the aggressive form of skin cancer. “Women using tanning beds more than once a month are 55 percent more likely to develop melanoma than women who do not use tanning beds at that frequency,” DeLauro, who is a cancer survivor, explained in her letter. “And, unfortunately, while the incidences of many cancers are decreasing, the incidence of melanoma continues to rise.” In 2010, a 10 percent federal tax on tanning bed use was imposed, but it didn’t deter about 80 percent of the users, according to a study from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. In the 2010 recommendations from the panel, the group asked for tanning beds to be labeled as carcinogenetic, DeLauro explained. “Without any further action by the FDA, an American has died every day,” she wrote. “That will continue until the FDA acts decisively to properly regulate and label this known carcinogen. These deaths are largely preventable, and continued inaction is simply unacceptable.” In January, we asked NewBeauty readers if they thought , and you overwhelmingly agreed that it should. Do you still agree?