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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
April 9, 2014

Age Restrictions Are Key to Success for Indoor Tanning Laws

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JAMA. 2014;311(14):1390. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.3145

Restrictive state laws appear to persuade at least some teenaged girls to avoid indoor tanning, which increases skin cancer risk.

Researchers analyzed data from the 2009 and 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveys to assess the effect of indoor tanning laws, which increasing numbers of states are adopting. Some states have general restrictions, such as mandatory eye protection or advertising limits, while others have laws aimed at keeping minors away from indoor tanning devices.

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