Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of the Indoor Tanning Association, FTC File No. 082 3159
I started using tanning booths when I was 16 years old. I believed the claims that it was safer to use a tanning booth than to sunbathe outdoors. I believed it was good for me, and not harmful to me in any way. I used indoor tanning salons quite regularly as a teenager and in my twenties. As I became older, more mature, and less gullible At age 35, three months after the birth of my first child, I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma, which could have taken my life and left my newborn baby without a mother. The general public has been misled about the risks of indoor tanning beds. It is time for this to stop. The public must be educated about the extreme risk, of malignant melanoma in particular, from the use of indoor tanning salons. I believe it should be illegal for minors to use them, but at the very least, parental consent must be required. Teenagers have not developed the rational thought process to consider long term health risks for something that is so immediately gratifying to them. I wish laws like this had been in place to protect me when I was young and making foolish decisions that would have a severely adverse impact upon my health in future years. Thank you for considering this critical public health issue.