FDA Debates Tougher Cancer Warning On Tanning Beds

The government is considering tougher warnings for users of tanning beds.

The Food and Drug Administration says they're putting themselves at risk of skin cancer.

Before spring, it will hold a public hearing to consider stricter tanning bed regulations, including stiffer warnings.

A specialist on UV radiation -- the same rays that can cause sunburn -- says the FDA doesn't recommend tanning beds at all. But since it knows some people do use the devices, it wants to reduce their risk as much as possible.

The Indoor Tanning Association argues there's no new science to justify tougher regulations. Its president says the only risk is to people who overdo it, arguing that's easier to do in the sun.


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  • by tanning bed user Location: washington on Jan 19, 2010 at 11:37 AM
    Oh the tanning bed was so warm today!!!!!I dont want the government regulating anything i do. the smoking ban, i think should be the choice for the individual bar and restaurant owners, i dont smoke and if it bothers me to eat at these places i wont go there. i know the risk.
  • by C on Jan 19, 2010 at 09:48 AM
    I've never understood this obsession with tanning. I've seen too many young folks who subject themselves to tanning looking ten years older than they should. I may get picked on for looking pale,but at least I have healthy,unwrinkled skin...and I'm over forty.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 19, 2010 at 08:17 AM
    Tanning Bed User, you should have supported the fight against second hand smoke. That was pandoras box being the open door. Really, if you were to access what they did, they took cigarettes as their poster child to social agenda. They knew they would get something through the state if they kept saying second hand smoke was dangerous. As I have posted, so, lets get this right, you telling me if I live 50 miles from coal burning power plant, instead of 1 mile, I am in more danger? You mean, if I gargle with mouthwash, I am more chances of loosing my liver than an alcoholic? Welcome to the progressive agenda. No, we are not smart enough, we need nanny to take care of us for us. Enjoy that change!
  • by Really? Location: Greenville on Jan 19, 2010 at 07:15 AM
    First they don't know what's in cigarettes now they state the obvious. Why not a warning on all sugar products saying they can cause tooth decay or death warnings on vehicles the can not be removed, are we not smart enough to know the effects of the things we do on a daily basis.
  • by TANNING BED USER Location: WASHINGTON on Jan 19, 2010 at 05:39 AM
    I use tanning beds all the time, i know the risk when i get in but i stil choose to get in. my choice!!! everyone knows the risks of things they do not just tanning bed use but other things too, and they still choose to do it. FREEDOM!!!!
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