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Tanning beds, by the numbers

Two-thirds of tanning bed users are teens. Now the FDA wants warnings for those under 18 on every single bed in the country.


The US Food and Drug Administration announced in May that tanning-salon sunlamps should not be used by anyone under 18 years of age, mandating that warning labels with the age limit be affixed to beds this summer. Fans of the $2.6 billion tanning industry say the beds help the body produce vitamin D, alleviate seasonal affective disorder, and just give skin a “healthy” glow. But it’s a truism among health care providers that any tan is a sign of skin damage, so before you make that appointment, learn the facts in this graphic.