Today Show Sting Shows Indoor Tanning Law Flawed

Statement from Blair Horner, Vice President for Advocacy, American Cancer Society of NY & NJ, regarding a Today Show undercover sting targeting indoor tanning facilities.

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“The Today Show’s sting operation revealed this morning confirms that minors must be banned from indoor tanning facilities. The Assembly recognizes the problem and approved legislation in January. The Senate's version is now ready for action, the American Cancer Society urges lawmakers to move on this bill as soon as possible.

A sting conducted by the American Cancer Society a year ago in Western New York showed similar results to the Today Show investigation. Our 14 and 15 year-old volunteers were allowed to purchase tanning services 20 percent of the time without being asked for a note from their parents. One particular Buffalo-area chain of tanning salons had a 50 percent failure rate.

The World Health Organization puts indoor tanning in the same cancer-causing category as asbestos. Kids should not be exposed to the indoor tanning carcinogen, period.

The American Cancer Society applauds the Today Show’s efforts to highlight abuses within the indoor tanning industry.”


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