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May 2015

University Tort Liability for Allowing College Debit Card Purchasing of Indoor UV Tanning Services

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2Sturm College of Law, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
  • 3Dermatology Service, Eastern Colorado Health Care System, US Department of Veteran Affairs, Denver
JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(5):479-480. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.5350

Indoor tanning has remained a fairly common practice by American youth despite being linked to increasing rates of melanoma in the United States. Data from a systematic review and meta-analysis revealed that 43% of US university students used indoor tanning in the last year, and 59% have used it at some point in their lives.1 The highest rate of indoor tanning use has repeatedly been among the college-aged population. Recently, 48% of the top 125 colleges ranked by US News and World Report were found to have indoor tanning either on campus or in off-campus housing that is marketed to students.2 This allows for easy access, placing students at risk from the harmful effects of tanning devices.

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