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Research Letter
November 09, 2016

Assessment of Compliance With Texas Legislation Banning Indoor UV Tanning by Minors

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Behavioral Science, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
  • 2Department of Surgical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
  • 3Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
  • 4Department of Moon Shots Operations, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
  • 5Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
JAMA Dermatol. Published online November 9, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.4068

Indoor tanning (IT) before age 35 years increases melanoma risk by 59%.1 Indoor tanning before 18 years increases risk by 85%.2 In 2013, 1.6 million US youth younger than 18 years reported IT.3 Multiple states have passed legislation banning IT by minors, but compliance by IT facilities is largely unknown. We evaluated Texas IT facilities’ compliance with the state’s 2013 ban on IT by individuals younger than 18 years.

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