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Tanning Salon Compliance with Laws Unsatisfactory

JAMA Dermatol; ePub 2017 Oct 25; Williams, et al

Compliance with state legislation aimed at limiting tanning bed use among US minors is unsatisfactory, according to a recent study. This indicates that additional efforts to enforce the laws and education of the harmful effects of UV tanning are necessary. The investigation consisted of a cross-sectional telephone survey conducted between February 1, 2015, and April 30, 2016, by callers posing as minors attempting to schedule a tanning appointment. Calls were made to tanning salons in the 42 states (and the District of Columbia) that currently have legislation restricting tanning bed use by minors. Included in the study were 427 tanning salons, 10 randomly selected from each state or territory with tanning legislation. Researchers found:

  • Of total tanning salons surveyed, overall noncompliance with state legislation was 37.2% (n=159).
  • There were more noncompliant tanning salons in rural locations (45.5%), southern regions of the US (49.4%), independently owned salons (43.9%), states with younger age groups being regulated (53.5%), and states with >1 tanning regulation (50.0%).
Citation:

Williams MS, Buhyalog B, Blumenthal L, Stratman EJ. Tanning salon compliance rates in states with legislation to protect youth access to UV tanning. [Published online ahead of print October 25, 2017]. JAMA Dermatol. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.3736.

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