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Skin Cancer Foundation Hits MTV's Jersey Shore With an FTC Complaint

Posted: January 23, 2013

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These findings prompted the foundation to initiate a September 2012 meeting with MTV executives, where the organization requested that MTV include a warning with each episode and in conjunction with the sale of items and activities that promote tanning. The foundation says that "MTV refused," prompting the foundation to file a formal complaint with the FTC in the hope that the commission would require the use of such a warning.

“The foundation has struggled with the disappointing messaging of this show for years. MTV should accept some responsibility for informing viewers about the hazards of the activities promoted in its programming. If a warning regarding tanning’s health hazards is added to each episode and just one person heeds it, this endeavor is worthwhile,” says Robins.

The complaint is available at