The FDA is officially trying to ban teenagers from visiting tanning salons.
The Food and Drug Administration seeks to regulate tanning beds as medical devices, according to Cosmo. This would make them illegal for people under age 18 to use and would make dermatologists very happy.
It’s fairly common knowledge by now that the risk of melanoma, a deadly type of skin cancer, goes up for indoor tanning users. While the government has regulated tanning more strictly in recent years, this ban would be one of the strictest. And one of the best.
It’s great that the government would also require better protective eyewear and tanning salon visitors to sign a health form every six months, but that doesn’t do enough to protect young tanners.
Cosmo reported that per year, over 1.6 million tanning bed users are under age 18. The FDA commissioner weighed in on the topic by saying: “Individuals under 18 years are at greatest risk of the adverse health consequences of indoor tanning.”
Basically, the younger the age you start tanning at, the longer cancer has to form in your body. Plus, teenagers aren’t known for making the best decisions when it comes to their health and well-being.
I, for one, enjoy a tanning session once in awhile, but don’t go nearly as often as I did as a teenager. I know from experience how addicting it can be for a teen, and I wish I didn’t go as much as I did. This regulation can save today’s teens from having that regret.
Stay tuned for updates on this impending tanning ban.
Do you think this regulation is a good idea?