FDA Proposal: Under 18? No More Tanning Beds

Public has 90 days to comment on proposed tanning rules
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Suggested by No-Left-Turn
Posted Dec 18, 2015 10:57 AM CST
FDA Proposal: Under 18? No More Tanning Beds
The FDA wants to ban all minors from using tanning beds.   (AP Photo/Daily Chronicle, Monica Maschak, File)

Minors hoping to get their tan on will have to choose the kind that comes in a bottle or get their rays from the sun, according to proposed rules from the FDA. Outlined Friday, the rules would bar those under 18 from using a sunlamp or indoor tanning device, reports NBC News, which calls the rules "unprecedented."

Adult users would need to sign what USA Today calls a "strongly worded" document acknowledging the risks of tanning, including skin cancer, before using indoor tanning devices, which the FDA wants modified to include a "panic" off switch and larger warning labels. Doctors and cancer researchers are celebrating the move, per USA Today. The public has 90 days to comment. (Tanning beds send thousands to the ER each year.)

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