New FDA Tanning Bed Regulations

Getting a suntan increases your risk of developing skin cancer. It doesn’t matter if the UV rays responsible for your bronzing skin come from the sun or from a tanning bed. They are both ultra-violet rays that are known to cause cancer by causing damage to the DNA in your skin cells.

Getting a suntan increases your risk of developing skin cancer. It doesn’t matter if the UV rays responsible for your bronzing skin come from the sun or from a tanning bed. They are both ultra-violet rays that are known to cause cancer by causing damage to the DNA in your skin cells.

Skin cancer is being diagnosed at alarming rates, and the ages of those who are diagnosed are getting younger and younger.  It used to be that skin cancer diagnoses were for older people who have had many years of unprotected sun exposure. 


Tanning beds are very popular for achieving a suntan indoors, used by over 30 million Americans; 75% of whom are young women under the age of 30. The growing incidence of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, in teenagers is directly attributed to UV ray exposure. Dr. William James, president of the American Academy of Dermatology said, "What was formerly considered a disease of older men is ballooning in young women, the very target audience and number one customer of the tanning industry.”

Last summer the World Health Organization (WHO) listed tanning beds in its highest category of sources “carcinogenic to humans.” Here in the United States, federal health experts have gathered to discuss new FDA regulations regarding tanning beds. They have taken the warning by WHO very seriously. Their recommendation is to ban the use of tanning beds for teenagers under the age of 18 unless they get parental consent.

The concern is the continued exposure to UV radiation, especially for young people. According to the melanoma research foundation, exposure to UV radiation from tanning beds before the age of 35 increases an individual’s risk of developing melanoma by 75%. Most forms of melanoma are caused by cell mutation due to UV radiation exposure.

For the past 20 years, the FDA has regulated tanning beds as Class I medical devices.  This meant that there were few regulations overseeing this industry.  Because more than 2 million people suffer from skin cancer, tanning salons have come under increased scrutiny. For this reason, federal health experts are insisting on new restrictions designed to protect teenagers from the cancer-causing risks of tanning beds.

As of March 25, 2010 all teenagers wishing to enjoy the services of a tanning bed must get signed parental consent prior to treatment. 

The Obama health-care initiative has imposed a 10% tax on tanning salon services.

7 Essential Items to Have for a Pandemic Date, According to a Relationship Expert

Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert Vikki Ziegler says you should treat COVID-19 like an STD.

Just when we thought relationships and dating could not get any more complicated, the pandemic took this matter to a whole new level. Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert, Vikki Ziegler receives an abundance of questions about this exact topic, every single day. Her fans and followers message her via her social media channels, in the hopes of finding the right way to safely date during these times. So, if this topic has crossed your mind, rest assured you are not alone.

For those who used to "swipe left and right," on the regular, Vikki recommends slowing down for the time being, no matter what type of antibacterial wipes are being used between your swipes. Serial dating during COVID-19 can be dangerous and also very selfish at the same time. This might be a good time to either take a break from dating altogether, or invest more time in one relationship and being monogamous, at least for right now. "Everyone should treat COVID-19 as they do an STD, while dating and practice safe EVERYTHING, even beyond just intimacy," says Ziegler. "This will simplify the process and make the do's and don'ts much less complex."

She recommends that new partners keep the dating virtual prior to both being tested and or having the vaccine. "Screendating" can still be both fun and safe at the same time. She suggests that you still wear your favorite new dress, get that fresh haircut or blowout and act as though you are still going out, even if the date is happening in the privacy of your own home. She has suggested some ideas such as virtual movie nights, happy hours, cooking classes, and the most obvious, the at-home and virtual dining date. This would entail both partners ordering food to each of their respective homes, but using the same menu as if they were dining in person.

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