FDA Puts New Age Restrictions on Tanning Beds

The FDA announced new restrictions on tanning beds Thursday in an effort to reduce rising rates of skin cancer linked to UV radiation emitted by the devices, The Associated Press reported. Tanning beds and lamps must now carry labels warning that they pose a risk of skin cancer when used repeatedly and should not be used by children under age 18. The FDA also reclassified tanning lamps and beds from low-risk (class I) to moderate-risk (class II) devices and issued new safety and design requirements for manufacturers marketing them. Although the FDA has regulated tanning machines for over 30 years, this is the first time the agency is requiring manufacturers to warn consumers about their links to skin cancer.

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