A bill in the state senate would ban the use of tanning beds for anyone under the age of 18, and on Monday a federal agency issued a proposal to make consumers better aware of the risks of these devices – a move that strengthens the positions of advocates trying to push the measure through the state legislature.
The proposed order, issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, would not ban minors from using these devices but would require labeling warning about the risk.
In the release, the FDA cites statistics from the American Academy of Dermatology that found people who go indoor tanning are 75 percent more likely to develop melanoma.
The bill cleared its first hurdle in a legislative committee 26-2. It is now awaiting a vote in a senate.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who formerly chaired the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies released a statement in response to the FDA’s proposal.
“Having a carcinogenic product easily available to minors is unacceptable and we must ensure strong performance standards are in place to better protect consumers,” said DeLauro.
“I am glad the FDA is moving forward with a clear warning about the risks of indoor tanning, but I still have concerns about the details and implementation of this proposal. I will continue to press the agency to ensure that consumers get the information they need to make informed choices,” she said.