Mothers introduce daughters to indoor tanning

January 5, 2011

Recently released survey results suggest that a significant portion of young women who regularly use tanning beds were introduced to them by their mothers, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reports.

Johnson City, Tenn. - Recently released survey results suggest that a significant portion of young women who regularly use tanning beds were introduced to them by their mothers, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reports.

In a survey of more than 200 female students at East Tennessee State University, nearly 40 percent of respondents said their first experience with indoor tanning was with their mothers.

The habit appears to have taken hold for these young women: The survey shows that they were almost five times as likely as others to be heavy tanners once they were in college.

The Times quotes researcher Mary Kate Baker, M.P.H., of East Tennessee State’s College of Public Health, as saying, “I don’t know that any mother would intentionally lead her daughter into a harmful situation. Most definitely, we need better education for mothers on the dangers of indoor tanning.”

The World Health Organization has classified indoor tanning as a Class 1 carcinogen. The survey was published as a research letter in the December Archives of Dermatology.