Tanning Bed Age Limits

Tanning beds now come with an age limit.

The Food and Drug Administration is strengthening warnings on sun-lamp products to say they should not be used by anyone under 18 years of age.

Doctors say the move is a step in the right direction.

"Kids, young adults, teenagers think they are invincible. It doesn't affect them. They don't see the harmful things that they're doing today. They want to look pretty for their prom. They want to have a nice tan so that they look good, but what they don't realize is the damage that they're doing," Jennifer Lucas of the Cleveland Clinic said.

The FDA is changing its regulation of sunlamp products and UV lamps.

The changes strengthen the oversight of these devices, and require that sunlamp products carry a visible, black box warning stating that they should not be used on people under the age of 18.

The FDA is also reclassifying sunlamp products and ultraviolet lamps from low-risk to moderate-risk devices.

"We've known for years that there is an increased risk of skin cancers, in particular melanoma, in people who are exposed to the light of a tanning bed. In the past the tanning bed carried the same risk designation as a tongue depressor, which is crazy," Lucas said.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, people who have been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning experience a 59 percent increase in the risk of melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer.


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