Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of the Indoor Tanning Association, FTC File No. 082 3159 #546672-00017

Submission Number:
546672-00017
Commenter:
Kay Johnston
Organization:
Bel-Ami Dermatology
State:
TX
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of the Indoor Tanning Association, FTC File No. 082 3159

I am pleased to see that the FTC has charged the Indoor Tanning Association (ITA) with making false and deceptive health and safety claims regarding indoor tanning. As a dermatologist, I have seen patient as young as 17 years old with a Clark's Level III Malignant Melanoma who admits to using a tanning bed. I have also seen other patients in their teens and twenties who were diagnosed with melanoma and also admitted to using tanning beds. In addition,I have also encountered patients who state that they have stopped using sunscreen because of the fear that this would prevent them from obtaining adequate amounts of Vitamin D! I applaude the FTC in doing their due diligence in investigating these claims in order to help the patient. Sincerely,