11 Countries Now Restrict Indoor Tanning Before Age 18
Restrictions on young people’s use of indoor tanning have been introduced by several countries in recent years, a new study reports.
Research suggests that indoor tanning is linked to skin cancer, the study authors pointed out.
Between 2003 and 2011, the number of countries with nationwide restrictions on the use of indoor tanning by people under 18 increased from two (Brazil and France) to 11 (Austria, Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Wales), according to the study released online in advance of print publication in the Archives of Dermatology.
“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. Additional countries and states are developing indoor tanning restrictions or making their existing legislation more restrictive,” study author Dr. Mary Pawlak, of the Colorado School of Public Health, in Aurora, and colleagues said in a
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