Democrat Congresswoman Calls for National Ban on Tanning For Those Under 18

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) called for a national ban on the use of tanning devices, which she described as “essentially carcinogen delivery systems,” by those under 18, on Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol.

“We need to keep pushing for a national ban, in my view, on the use of tanning devices by children,” said DeLauro. “As on so many issues, the states are showing the way. At least 41 of our states regulate the use of tanning facilities by minors. Nine have already banned their use altogether by anyone under age of 18. That’s where we need to go.”

Some states allow those under 18 to use tanning beds as long as they have parental consent. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), states like Delaware, New Hampshire and North Dakota allow 14- to 18-year olds to get parental consent to tan but ban the use of tanning by those under 14 unless it is medically necessary.

“Together again with congressional colleagues we have been pushing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action,” said the congresswoman. “We’re making progress. Almost exactly a year ago, the FDA issued an order requiring tanning devices to get clearance before they can be marketed to the public. The same order required a warning on each device stating explicitly that the product should not be used by those under the age of 18.”