New tanning group targets UV 'myths'

January 31, 2013

A newly formed group of indoor tanning retailers is working to correct what it calls “misinformation” about tanning beds and boost public awareness of the potential benefits of UV exposure.

New York - A newly formed group of indoor tanning retailers is working to correct what it calls “misinformation” about tanning beds and boost public awareness of the potential benefits of UV exposure.

While the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified tanning beds as carcinogens, the American Suntanning Association (ASA) claims studies regarding the risks of using tanning beds are misleading. These studies typically include tanning beds used in clinical practice but omit devices used in professional tanning salons, the organization said in a press release.

The American Academy of Dermatology opposes the use of indoor tanning equipment and supports the WHO’s recommendation that minors should be barred from using tanning beds.

“Unless and until the FDA bans the sale and use of indoor tanning equipment for nonmedical purposes, the AADA supports restrictions for indoor tanning facilities,” including prohibiting advertising the use of tanning beds as “safe,” the AAD states.

The ASA plans to work with healthcare officials and legislators at local, state and federal levels to “support constructive regulation that underscores operational protocol already embraced by professional sunbed centers."DT