The Department of Health and Human Services named ultraviolet light a "known human carcinogen" years ago, in the same category as benzene, radon, and cigarette smoke. The current decree is welcome, but the federal government must go further. Ban tanning by minors. Require consent for adults who choose to tan. Ensure that consent forms list in everyday language what medical conditions and medications further increase the danger of tanning, in addition to baseline risks of accelerated skin damage, burning, and cancer. Require prominent posting of signs that say "YOU SHOULD NOT TAN if you have lots of moles, a personal or close family history of skin cancer . . . " etc. Make the consent like the iPledge consent: require initials after every sentence, not just one signature at the end. Make tanners re-consent monthly. Most importnantly, tax tanning booth owners and manufacturers, so that whatever it costs to inform and try to protect uninformed citizens comes out of the tanning industry's pockets, not our tax dollars.
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of the Indoor Tanning Association, FTC File No. 082 3159 #546672-00026
Dermatologic Care, Inc.
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of the Indoor Tanning Association, FTC File No. 082 3159