CT Indoor Tanning Law Not As Strict As Other States

Aug 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Health
Nancy Alderman, of Environment and Human Health writes:
1. With Connecticut having tanning laws less strict than other states (see article in the New Haven Independent that researched this http://c-hit.newhavenindependent.org/health/entry/ct_indoor_tanning_law_not_as_strict_as_other_states



2. With the CT state legislature not getting last year’s tanning Bill out of the Public Health committee;



3. Now we see an article that the tanning industry will use the same tactics as tobacco used to fight cigarette legislation.



4.  What will the state do to protect minors in this upcoming session ?



5. The science behind tanning bed use and melanomas is irrefutable – and all medical groups dealing with these issues have asked federal and states governments  to ban tanning bed use ban for minors.


The article cited above from the Connecticut Health i-Team begins:

An April study by the Mayo Clinic found that the rate of melanoma per 100,000 females increased from 5.4 in the 1970s to 43.5 in 2009. The study noted a “dramatic rise of skin cancer—especially among people under 40.” Nearly 70 percent of tanning salon customers are Caucasian females, primarily aged 16 to 29 years, according to the AAD.

“We are seeing more melanoma at younger and younger ages,” said Dr. Richard Antaya, a Yale pediatric dermatologist.

Despite the health risks, the tanning salon industry is rising in popularity and remains largely unregulated in Connecticut.

For more on this story, visit: CT Indoor Tanning Law Not As Strict As Other States | CT Health I-Team.

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