The Skin Cancer Foundation applauds the state of Vermont for taking this historic step in the fight against skin cancer. By becoming the second state in the U.S. to ban youth indoor tanning, many people will be prevented from engaging in behaviors that can ultimately lead to skin cancer, including melanoma – the disease’s most deadly form. The dangers of tanning are well-documented - ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors, and new research shows that those who make just four visits to a tanning booth per year can increase their risk for melanoma by 11 percent, and their risk for the two most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, by 15 percent. The Foundation strongly believes that tanning devices should be regulated at both the state and federal levels, and this decision from the state of Vermont gets us one step closer to that goal.
--The Skin Cancer Foundation