(NEWS10) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing new rules to ban minors from using tanning beds.
The FDA proposal would restrict the use of sunlamp products at indoor tanning facilities to people over 18-years-old.
The agency is also proposing stricter safety regulations for adults, including a requirement that users sign a risk acknowledgment form.
“The reality is, the FDA really has almost no restrictions currently on tanning beds. States have some restrictions, but there are no federal restrictions and the real problem is, we as dermatologists are seeing the effects of these beds and the fact that we’re seeing more and more skin cancers in younger women who are using these tanning beds,” said Darrell Rigel, M.D., NYU School of Medicine.
The FDA says 1.6 million children use indoor tanning beds each year, increasing their cancer risks. The Indoor Tanning Association has previously accused the FDA of exaggerating the risks.