Regulations to Restrict Youth Access to Indoor Tanning Are Effective

A recent study published in JAMA Dermatology found that the implementation of regulations banning minors from indoor tanning corresponded to a decrease in the prevalence of tanning among minors and among females older than the legal tanning age.

Research focused on the frequency of indoor tanning among minors in New Jersey after a 2013 statewide ban for youth under 17 years of age. The study found that the benefits of a ban may not become evident until the law has been in place for some time.

The study concluded that there was a “value of pursuing new regulatory efforts in states currently without them and broadening existing restrictions to extend beyond indoor tanning salons to cover unsupervised nonsalon locations, such as large guy chains or hair and nail salons.”

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