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FDA proposes changes to tanning bed regulations

9:08 PM, May 6, 2013   |    comments
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Tanning beds could soon come with a warning label to warn users of the risk of skin cancer and to note that people under the age of 18 shouldn't use a tanning bed.

The changes are part of a food and drug administration proposal that would change the way tanning beds are regulated.

Right now, a tanning bed, which emits ultraviolet radiation, is regulated as a "low-risk" class one device. Band-aids are in that same category.

Under the proposal, tanning lamps would be considered class two devices, in the same category as CT scanners, which also emit radiation.

In Tennessee, anyone under 14 must be accompanied by a parent in order to use a tanning bed. Teens aged 14 to 17 must have parental permission.

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