Dangers Of Indoor Tanning

Educational materials can help change young women's attitudes about indoor tanning.

Researchers at East Tennessee State University gathered a group of college age women, and gave half of them a booklet that described the damaging effects of tanning, the history of tanning and healthier alternatives to improve appearance. Six months later, the group who read the booklet were 35 percent less likely to still be tanning indoors than the group who did not read the booklet.


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  • by BBQ Lover Location: Greenville on Oct 20, 2008 at 11:30 PM
    Personally I love to tan outdoors and indoors. I tan outside late spring, and fall-early spring indoors. I do this every day and I'm ok, I'm not young either; 40's!
  • by Anonymous Location: Jacksonville on Oct 20, 2008 at 04:35 PM
    So why does the story title peak your interest, and then drop you like a lead balloon? The writer should at least finish this article....or is it just to get people to click on the articles and who cares if its complete? Come on WITN, show some classier journalism - doesn't anyone edit this stuff?
  • by Casper Location: NC on Oct 20, 2008 at 01:50 PM
    Tanning is dangerous, for years we have heard this. The increase in Skin cancers, UV rays prove this. I do not need a booklet to tell me this; I do not understand how giving a booklet to a person can change a person's mind. Unless they were totally ignoring what has been said all these years about it. I hope it does help some women see that they will look 30 years their senior if they get tans every year. Smoking also increases age on skin. I myself as an adult have not once had a tan, only because since I was 13 or so it’s been told that the sun can cause skin damage. I am now 33 and still believe it.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 20, 2008 at 12:25 PM
    I'm not going to say anything negative about indoor (or outdoor) tanning, simply because in 15 years, the people that tan will be the ones coming to me wanting microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and facials, so they can try to reverse the effects. More money in my pocket!
  • by Controlled Tanning Location: nc on Oct 20, 2008 at 09:55 AM
    No type of UV exposure is healthy. Tanning at the beach is uncontrolled, you don't know the uv index, it is perdicted. In a tanning bed, the owner knows when the bulbs are changed, the wattage, and the exposure time for your skin type and tanning history. This is safer than tanning at the beach with the sun, wind, and salt which plays a part in getting burned. Also, Just a bit of info, UVA is the tan rays from the sun. UVB is the burn rays from the sun. Both are not good for us, but if I wanted to tan I had rather tan in a tanning bed that filters out most of the burn rays. We want to be tan not burned. Tan responsible, thats the key.
  • by old tanner Location: nc on Oct 20, 2008 at 09:23 AM
    It doesn't matter what you say to people about tanning beds, they're still gonna use them. They DON"T CARE.
  • by Tim Location: pitt on Oct 20, 2008 at 06:28 AM
    how can someone get a copy of this booklet
  • by Sarah Location: Fayetteville, NC on Oct 20, 2008 at 04:31 AM
    I know tanning beds are used constantly but I have always thought they were dangerous.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 20, 2008 at 04:14 AM
    So what are the dangers? You should at least tell us here so we can make an informed decision.
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