FDA proposes indoor tanning ban for minors

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration announced its plans to ban minors from using tanning beds and require adults to be informed about their risks, which media analysis suggested would help reduce skin cancer rates. NBC Nightly News reported that the FDA’s “unprecedented new rules” were “praised by medical experts” for their potential to “save lives.”

The AP (12/19, Perrone) explained the “announcement follows years of prodding by dermatologists and medical groups for bolder action on indoor tanning, citing rising rates of skin cancer among teens and people in their 20s, particularly women.”

USA Today (12/19, Painter) reported that in a statement, acting FDA Commissioner Stephen Ostroff said, “Today’s action is intended to help protect young people from a known and preventable cause of skin cancer and other harms.” Ostroff added, “Individuals under 18 years are at greatest risk of the adverse health consequences of indoor tanning.” USA Today added that “medical groups immediately applauded the aggressive moves.”

The New York Times (12/19, A16, Tavernise, Subscription Publication) also reported “medical experts say” the “sweeping” proposal “is a major step toward reducing the risk of skin cancer in the” US.