"Tanning releases endorphins, which can promote feelings of relaxation and well-being. Studies suggest that frequent users may exhibit addictive behaviors and withdrawal symptoms when they decrease usage," said Dr. Balk. "It is unacceptable that tanning devices are classified in the same category as tongue depressors and elastic bandages – devices that present minimal potential for harm. Clearly, this needs to be reconsidered and use needs to be better regulated by the FDA."There is no federal age regulation to restrict minors' tanning bed use so currently each state determines tanning bed regulations, ranging from complete bans for people under 18 in California and Vermont, to no legislation regarding minors in 17 states. Dr. Balk believes that national policies and guidelines should be implemented to completely ban access for minors.
Health Advocate Calls For National Regulation Of Tanning Beds As Rates Of Skin Cancer Rise Among Youth
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