Pennsylvania's Indoor Tanning Regulation

Over the past few years the PAD, along with the Pennsylvania Medical Society and other health care organizations, have been actively seeking to pass legislation that prohibits the use of tanning beds for minors.  This past May we were successful in this important endeavor as the legislation was approved by the Governor on May 6, 2014, and enacted as Act 41 of 2014 on July 7, 2014.

The new state law was developed through House Bill 1259, and the issue was championed by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) and Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh).  It prohibits use of tanning facilities by minors under the age of 17, and requires parental consent for 17-year-olds.

It also requires

  • tanning facilities to post warning signs on the premises , and keep records for three years;
  • customers to sign a written warning statement prior to tanning;
  • tanning devices meet federal and state standards;
  • and employees of tanning facilities to have training in both the use of the devices and recognition of customer skin types.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, every year nearly 2.3 million American teenagers visit tanning salons. In addition, a study published in the International Journal of Cancer in May 2011 determined that for young people diagnosed with melanoma between the ages of 18 and 29 years old, 76 percent were attributable to indoor tanning bed use.

This new law is a good step in the right direction to protect Pennsylvania minors in the fight against melanoma. 

PAD Opposes Repeal of Federal Indoor Tanning Tax

The PAD joined 69 other organizations in a statement encouraging Congress to keep the current federal tax on indoor tanning. On Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Represenative George Holding (R-NC), along with 13 co-sponsors, introduced H.R. 2698: Tanning Tax Repeal Act of 2015.  Following is the statement opposing this move.

Bill to Repeal Tanning Tax Undermines Public Health

“As the 70 undersigned organizations below, representing our nation’s physicians, nurses, physician assistants and public health advocates, we strongly support the current federal tax on indoor tanning and are deeply concerned that an effort to repeal sends the wrong message about public health.

“Scientific evidence shows that indoor tanning can raise a person’s chance of developing melanoma by 59 percent.  It is estimated that indoor tanning contributes to more than 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the United States every year. The Food and Drug Administration, Surgeon General and World Health Organization have classified indoor tanning as a known carcinogen with a direct link to an increased risk of skin cancer.

“We believe the current tax law can serve as a deterrent to indoor tanning use that can ultimately help reduce the skin cancer burden and save lives in our country. Just as taxes on tobacco products led to steep declines in smoking and lung cancer rates, a tax on indoor tanning can help turn the tide on growing rates of skin cancer in the U.S.

“We urge Congress to maintain the current law as a strong message in recognition of the potentially fatal health risks associated with indoor tanning.”

American Academy of Dermatology Association
AIM At Melanoma
Alabama Dermatology Society
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Physician Assistants
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
American College of Emergency Physicians
American College of Surgeons
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association
American Society for Mohs Surgery
American Society for Radiation Oncology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Arizona Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery Society
California Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
Center for a Healthy Maryland
Children's Melanoma Prevention Foundation
Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign
Colorado Dermatologic Society
Connecticut Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery Society
Dermatology Nurses' Association
Enright Melanoma Foundation
Entertainment Industries Council
Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
Georgia Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
Greater Baltimore Dental Hygienists’ Association
Hawaii Dermatological Association
Idaho Dermatologic Society
Indiana Academy of Dermatology
Iowa Dermatological Society
Kansas Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
Louisiana Dermatological Society
Kentucky Dermatological Association
Maryland Dermatologic Society
Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology
Melanoma Foundation of New England
Melanoma Research Alliance
Melanoma Research Foundation
Michigan Dermatological Society
Minnesota Dermatological Society
Mississippi Dermatological Society
Missouri Dermatological Society
New Hampshire Society of Dermatology
New York State Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
North Carolina Dermatology Association
North Carolina Medical Society
Ohio Dermatological Association
Oklahoma State Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery Society
Oregon Dermatology Society
Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
Prevent Cancer Foundation
Rhode Island Dermatological Society
Society for Investigative Dermatology
Society for Pediatric Dermatology
Society for Public Health Education
Sun Safety for Kids
Tennessee Dermatology Association
Texas Dermatological Society
The Skin Cancer Foundation
Vermont Dermatological Society
Washington D.C. Dermatological Society
Washington State Dermatology Association
West Virginia Dermatological Society
Wisconsin Dermatological Society
Wyoming Academy of Dermatology





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