Indoor Tanning

Tanned Skin Is Not Healthy Skin A lot of people believe indoor tanning is safe. The truth is, tanning beds injure thousands of people each year badly enough to go to a hospital..

Most dangerous of all — indoor tanning exposes you to intense UV rays, increasing your risk of deadly melanoma — the second most common cancer in women between 20 and 29 years old.

Avoiding indoor tanning and protecting yourself from the sun when outdoors are the best ways to reduce your chance of getting skin cancer.

Health Risks

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, whether from the sun or indoor tanning beds, can cause:

Skin cancer (including melanoma and non-melanoma) is the most common type of cancer in the United States, with more than 3.5 million new cases diagnosed and 2.2 million people treated each year. Melanomas are the most serious form of skin cancer and despite our short summers, Vermont has one of the highest incidence rates of melanoma compared to all other U.S. states.

Although all UV exposure has health risks, studies continue to document the risks specific to the use of indoor tanning devices, including the following:

Learn more about Cancer in Vermont.

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If You Choose to Use Tanning Devices

Tanning bed. Image credit: CDC.govPersons who choose to expose themselves to the harmful effects of UV radiation from indoor tanning devices should take the following precautions:

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Tanning Facility Law and Notice

Vermont law prohibits the use of tanning devices such as sunlamps, tanning booths and beds by persons under 18 years of age.

The law is intended to protect youth from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can cause skin cancer, as well as to inform the public about the dangers of tanning.

The law has three parts:

Required Facility Notice

Click here for Tanning Notice (PDF version).All tanning facilities are required to post this notice in a conspicuous place to inform consumers about the age-restrictions for using tanning devices, the health risks associated with tanning, and the penalty and enforcement provisions under the law.

To request signs, or for questions about the Vermont law banning use of tanning beds by persons under 18 years of age, call 802-951-4001.

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Other Laws Regulating Tanning Devices

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) share responsibilities in the federal regulation of sunlamps and tanning devices. The FDA enforces regulations that lay out specific requirements for labels on the devices; the FTC investigates false, misleading, and deceptive advertising claims about the devices. When these agencies determine that device labels don’t comply with the regulations or that advertisements are not truthful, they may take corrective action. The FDA also can remove products from the marketplace.

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