New York officials site indoor tanning cancer risk

News — By on August 17, 2010 at 6:00 am

Last year, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified tanning as a definite human carcinogen, putting it in the same category as smoking.

New York health officials are now ramping up their regulation of more than 2,000 tanning salons and gyms offering indoor ultraviolet rays even as health advocates push for a law banning exposure by anyone under 18.
“We’re not claiming that people get addicted to tanning the same way you do nicotine, but it clearly is a habit you develop as a teenager,” said Peter Slocum, vice president for advocacy at the American Cancer Society in Albany. “That’s when most people start frequenting the cancer chambers.”

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