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Data Shows Parents’ Opinions on Indoor Tanning Bans for Adolescents

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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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