Data Shows Parents’ Opinions on Indoor Tanning Bans for Adolescents


Regulatory agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are considering policies to ban indoor tanning for anyone under the age of 18. A study has examined parental support for age-based indoor tanning bans and less restrictive parental permission requirements.

An online survey was completed by 1,244 parents of adolescents aged 11–17 years. Results showed nearly two-thirds, or 65%, of the parents agreed with banning indoor tanning for adolescents. Meanwhile, 23% of parents had no opinion and 12% disagreed with the ban.

Compared with support for bans, support for parental permission requirements was somewhat higher, with 79% of parents agreeing with the policy. Most parents (60%) agreed with both policies; only 4% disagreed with both."

Source: ScienceDirect

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