Support Youth Skin Cancer Prevention Act
Dear [Decision Maker],
The greatest avoidable known risk factor for skin cancer is the use of indoor tanning devices. In the U.S., more than 6,000 cases of melanoma can be attributed to indoor tanning annually. Despite the dangers, misconceptions about the risks of indoor tanning exist, due, in part, to misleading advertising and health claims by the tanning industry. Youth are especially susceptible to the industry's misleading claims, as the industry frequently targets youth in marketing promotions (i.e. back-to-school, prom, and homecoming specials).
If properly enforced, laws that prohibit the use of indoor tanning devices for individuals under the age of 18 effectively deter youth from using tanning devices and could help to reduce skin cancer incidence and mortality rates across the country. A 2018 study found that indoor tanning prevalence among female high school students in states with age restriction laws was 47 percent lower than among those not affected by such laws.
Laws that allow parents to give written permission to their children or adolescents to use indoor tanning devices or accompany them to tanning salons are not associated with reduced use of indoor tanning among youth. To protect youth from the harmful effects of artificial UV radiation, please support H. 3807 and S. 432 that prohibits access to tanning devices for individuals under 18, without exceptions.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]