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Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) position statement: ban indoor tanning for minors
University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications
  • Sherry L. Pagoto, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Joel Hillhouse, East Tennessee State University
  • Carolyn J. Heckman, Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Elliot J. Coups, University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey
  • Jerod Stapleton, University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey
  • David Buller, Klein Buendel, Inc
  • Rob Turrisi, Penn State University
  • June Robinson, Northwestern University
  • Alan C. Geller, Harvard School of Public Health
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Date
3-1-2014
Document Type
Article
Abstract
The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), an interdisciplinary professional organization focused on the science of health behavior joins the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a host of other national and international organizations in support of a total ban on indoor tanning for minors under the age of 18. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, artificial sources of ultraviolet radiation are in the highest category of carcinogens, joining tobacco and asbestos. Strong evidence links indoor tanning to increased risk for melanoma with repeated exposure during childhood being associated with the greatest increase in risk. Several countries and five US states have passed legislation banning indoor tanning in minors. We strongly encourage the remaining US states to do the same in an effort to protect children and prevent new cases of melanoma. SBM also strongly encourages research that explores the use of tanning beds in the home. Home-based indoor tanning has the potential to be especially dangerous given the complete absence of safety regulations. Children are currently protected from exposure to health-harming substances like tobacco and lead; thus, legislation protecting them from artificial sources of ultraviolet radiation is yet another important step forward in improving public health.
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Citation: Transl Behav Med. 2014 Mar;4(1):124-6. doi: 10.1007/s13142-013-0240-1. Link to article on publisher's site
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PubMed ID
24653783
Citation Information
Sherry L. Pagoto, Joel Hillhouse, Carolyn J. Heckman, Elliot J. Coups, et al.. "Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) position statement: ban indoor tanning for minors" Vol. 4 Iss. 1 (2014) ISSN: 1869-6716 (Print)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sherry_pagoto/118/