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Brazil prohibits indoor tanning beds.

On November 11, 2009, Brazil became the first country to prohibit the use of indoor tanning beds for cosmetic purposes, as well as receiving, importing, donating, and renting such equipment. This resolution followed the International Association for Research on Cancer’s classification of tanning devices to its Group One list of the world’s most dangerous cancer-causing substances.

Source: Garcez, J. “Battle for Brazil: The State Vs. Tanning.”  The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal, Digital edition, 2011.

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Tanning industry tactics – legal but not truthful.

To sway public opinion, the tanning industry is drawing on its vast network of outlets; there are more tanning salons in the US than there are McDonald’s restaurants. Some salon operators are putting trainees through a “D-Angel Empowerment Training” video training that condemns doctors and health authorities who speak out against tanning. The video is intended to give employees talking points to use outside the salon to argue that tanning is a good source of vitamin D, and thus a bulwark against all manner of illness, including breast cancer, heart disease, and autism.

The industry has also gone on the offensive with tactics that appear cribbed from Big Tobacco’s playbook to undermine scientific research and fund advocacy groups serving the industry’s interests.

Central to the industry’s message is the idea that tanning’s critics -- such as dermatologists, sunscreen manufacturers and even charities like the American Cancer Society -- are part of a profit-driven conspiracy. These critics are described as a “Sun Scare industry” that aims to frighten the public into avoiding all exposure to ultraviolet light. The tanning industry blames this group for causing what it calls a deadly epidemic of vitamin D deficiency, and tries to position itself as a more trustworthy source of information on tanning’s health effects. Read more here:

Source: Huber, Bridget. “Embattled tanning industry fights back, taking its cues from Big Tobacco.” Open Channel on August 23, 2012.

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Dermatologists expose falsehoods in tanning industry claims.

The number of people affected by skin cancer has increased dramatically in the United States. By current estimates, more than 3.5 million skin cancers in more than 2 million people are diagnosed annually. The incidence rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, have been increasing for at least 30 years. In fact, melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults, 25-29 years old, and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults, 15-29 years old.


The major risk factor for melanoma is exposure to ultraviolet light, and studies show that exposure to tanning beds increases the risk of melanoma — especially in women aged 45 years or younger. Despite attempts by the tanning industry to convince the public that indoor tanning is safe, dermatologists have long argued that tanning beds are a public health hazard and strong new data continues to support these claims.


Follow the link below to find out why:


Source: Brod, B.A. “Tanning industry exposed: Evidence demonstrates link between indoor tanning and skin cancer, dermatologists committed to educating public on risks.” From the American Academy of Dermatology’s Summer Academy Meeting. August 16, 2012.

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