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Almost 1 year ago, because of evidence of the risks of skin cancer and other health problems associated with indoor tanning, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began regulating indoor tanning equipment as class II medical devices with black box warnings indicating they should not be used by minors younger than 18 years.1 Intended as a way to reduce skin cancer, FDA’s approach may be insufficient and puts the agency in the unusual situation of balancing the safety and health benefits of a technology with very limited therapeutic benefit with commercial interests. It is time for a broader public health approach to indoor tanning’s risks.
Mays D, Kraemer J. FDA Regulation of Indoor Tanning Devices and Opportunities for Skin Cancer Prevention. JAMA. 2015;313(24):2423-2424. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.5975