UPDATE: Tanning Bed Regulations

Federal health experts say more restrictions are needed to protect teenagers from the cancer risks of tanning beds, including a potential ban for people under 18.

A Food and Drug Administration panel recommends the agency put tighter controls on artificial tanning, ranging from requiring parental consent forms to banning the practice in younger teens.

"Given the absence of any demonstrated benefit, I think it's an obligation for us to ban artificial tanning for those under 18," said panelist Dr. Michael Olding.

Other experts on the 16-member panel said the evidence is not strong enough to warrant a total ban.

The FDA is reviewing its tanning bed regulations after a recent analysis linked the devices to skin cancer.

And if you still choose to tan despite the new findings and regulations, don't forget about that 10-percent tax increase you'll have to pay to use tanning beds.

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The health care reform legislation includes a 10-percent excise tax on the use of indoor tanning beds.

The tax would take effect July 1st of this year, and is estimated to raise 2.7 billion dollars over the next decade.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than one million Americans use tanning beds every day. Most of those users are young women under age 30.

On Thursday, an FDA panel of experts is scheduled to review whether tanning beds should be given stricter regulations, including prohibiting minors from using them.