(HealthDay News) – Since 2003 there has been an increase in the number of countries with nationwide indoor tanning legislation restricting access for youth.
Mary T Pawlak, MD, from the Colorado School of Public Health in Aurora, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional study comparing current legislation of indoor tanning throughout the world with existing legislation in 2003.
The researchers found that there was an increase in the number of countries with indoor tanning legislation restricting access by youth (age <18 years), from two in 2003 to 11 in 2011. In Australia, six states or territories restricted indoor tanning for all minors; in Canada, a province and a region implemented youth tanning laws; and in the United States, eight states implemented indoor tanning legislation since 2003, in addition to three preexisting state laws.
“Since 2003, youth access to indoor tanning has become increasingly restricted throughout the world as accumulating evidence demonstrated an association between melanoma and indoor tanning,” the authors write. “Additional countries and states are developing indoor tanning restrictions or making their existing legislation more restrictive.”