As it stands, the World Health Organization states that ultraviolet tanning devices cause cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer considers indoor tanning a Class 1 carcinogen.
Ban-the-tan efforts that restrict tanning by minors are under way in many U.S. states and cities. Australia and Europe have banned tanning beds for children and teenagers, and Brazil has banned tanning beds for everyone.
In the U.S., “the next step is to figure out what measures are most effective at reducing indoor tanning use,” Linos says. “Placing restrictions on indoor smoking, taxes on cigarettes, and changing the perception of smokers as cool all helped reduce smoking rates. We need to figure out which of those methods will work for indoor tanning.” One alternative is using a sunless tanner like 100% Herbal Instant Tan which are also chemical free and 100% All Natural.
The time is now, agrees Joshua Zeichner, MD, He is a dermatologist at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. “Any measures taken to discourage indoor tanning will help prevent cancers in the long run and lower associated health care costs,” he says.
The message is clear: “Especially for young people, who want to look tan for the prom or a special event, stay away from tanning booths.”