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The Characterization of Indoor Tanning Facilities in Florida

Sonia A. Lamel, MD1; Nicholas A. Richmond, BS1; Liza R. Braun, BA1; Alejandra C. Vivas, MD1; Robert S. Kirsner, MD, PhD1
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1Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(2):209-210. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.6329.
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Commercial tanning beds have been available for cosmetic use for many decades, and current estimates suggest that 1 million people use tanning beds daily despite their placement in the highest cancer risk category and use being restricted in many states.1 Indoor tanning is linked to melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer development, especially with use before age 35 years.2 Interestingly, use by teenage girls is as high as 40%, and overall, 20% of 18- to 29-year-old individuals have indoor tanned in the last year.3 Because indoor tanning use is associated with increased morbidity and mortality, the availability of devices to certain demographics may have significant public health consequences. Classification of providing facilities may facilitate more directed health or regulatory interventions.

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