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FDA pushes for tanning bed age requirements


The National Food and Drug Administration wants to ban anyone under the age of 18 from using a tanning bed.

When announcing the proposal, an FDA spokesperson called tanning beds “a known, and preventable cause of skin cancer.”

“I see that every single day," said Southern Illinois Healthcare Plastic Surgeon Carlos Riveraserrano on Friday. “The people should be educated in the consequences of UV radiation. Either from the sun, or from tanning places or tanning salons.”

Statistics from the latest National Youth Safety Risk Behavior Survey estimate more than $1.6 million minors tan on a regular basis.

Carbondale salon manager Daniel Garrett said as national health concerns are raised, manufacturers are working to make tanning beds safer.

“We opened up in February, and I don’t know of any of our customers who have been burned by our machines,” Garrett said. “Like any technology, tanning beds have changed over the years considerably.”

Every bed at Sunangles Tanning Salon in Carbondale has personalized skin sensors designed to prevent over-exposure, which is a relatively new technology.

Minors can use tanning beds in Missouri, but not Illinois; and some states require guardian consent.

If approved, the proposal would nationally bar all minors from tanning bed use.

The FDA is allowing 90 days for public input on the proposed ban.

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