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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2002 May;46(5):700-5.

Promotion of frequent tanning sessions by indoor tanning facilities: two studies.

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  • 1Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, CA 92182, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Indoor tanning may increase the risk of melanoma and other health problems. Frequent users of indoor tanning facilities may be at particularly high risk.

OBJECTIVE:

In study 1 our purpose was to assess the prevalence and nature of indoor tanning advertisements; in study 2 we aimed to assess tanning facility compliance to recommended exposure schedules.

METHODS:

In study 1, tanning facility advertisements over a 4-month period from 24 San Diego County newspapers were monitored. In study 2, we assessed compliance with recommended exposure schedules via a telephone interview of 60 San Diego County tanning facilities.

RESULTS:

Approximately 75% of the indoor tanning advertisements promoted unlimited tanning. Only 5% of facilities were in compliance with recommended tanning schedules, and 100% offered "unlimited" tanning packages.

CONCLUSIONS:

These findings suggest that the indoor tanning industry, through pricing incentives that allow frequent sessions, may be promoting overexposure to UVR. Stronger legislation is needed to address this issue.

PMID:
12004310
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