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Are tanning beds addictive?

Posted On Wed, April 28, 2010

Alcohol and cigarettes are known to be addictive, but tanning? A new study from the Archives of Dermatology seems to think so.

The study took a look at indoor tanning use among college students and found that almost 40 percent of study participants met addiction qualifications. It also found that college students with higher-than-normal anxiety and who use alcohol and marijuana more than most were more likely to become addicted to indoor tanning.

Risks associated with indoor tanning prompted U.S. health advisors to recommended a potential ban in March, HealthDay reports. If not a ban, advisors at least wanted stronger label warnings for those under 18.

Along with the recent tax added to indoor tanning salons, business owners are not pleased with the recent reports. John Overstreet, a spokesperson for the Indoor Tanning Association, told Reuters that "they're labeling this as an addiction to attract your attention, the media's attention, but whether it is useful science, I think the jury is very much out on it."

The study's findings suggest that risks associated with indoor tanning should be included in skin cancer reduction interventions.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19749078-ADNFCR

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