FDA Considers Stricter Regulations On Tanning Beds
With spring break almost here, local tanning salons are becoming hot spots. But the government wants to make sure tanning bed users know what they're getting themselves into. A recent study done by the World Health Organization says tanning beds increase the risk of getting skin cancer by 75 percent when tanning begins before age 30. Now the Food and Drug Administration says tanning bed users need more warning. The FDA will hold a public hearing in March to discuss stricter regulations and tougher warnings. The American Cancer Society is in favor of stiffer guidelines for using tanning beds. It recommends people avoid tanning beds altogether, especially young people. Even some tanning salons, like Planet Beach Contempo Spa in Traverse City, are open to new regulations. Erika Waddell and photojournalist Justin DePrekel have the story.