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Suntanning Association Supported West Virginia Tanning Law

Saturday, May 4, 2013

MAY 4 — The American Suntanning Association (ASA) congratulates West Virginia lawmakers this week for enacting parental-consent legislation that ASA supported and that professional sunbed centers have used as a standard for years.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed the law May 1, which will take effect in July. It formalizes the protocol professional salons have already had in place: Requiring parents to sign consent for teenagers to use sunbeds in a salon. This standard recognizes that many medical professionals believe sunburn prevention — not total sun avoidance — is what needs to be emphasized in public policy on this topic.

ASA this spring encouraged the West Virginia House of Representatives to enact the standard as a practical alternative to legislation in the West Virginia Senate that would have banned all teenagers from using sunbeds in a salon. Total bans would lead families who wish to tan to unregulated home sunbeds and more-frequent outdoor tanning — both of which are more likely to lead to sunburn and overexposure.

“Nationwide, ASA is working with state legislatures to support informed parental consent as the standard for sunbed usage by teenage clients,” ASA President Bart Bonn said. “We have always supported constructive legislation on this topic.”

The American Suntanning Association (ASA) is the largest network of professional businesses dedicated to providing responsible indoor tanning services while increasing public awareness about the facts associated with moderate UV and spray-on tanning. For more information about ASA visit

MTV’s “True Life” tanning episode full of misinformation

Friday, March 29, 2013

A recent episode of MTV’s “True Life” followed two young adults that were self-proclaimed “tanning addicts.” The episode was filled with misconceptions about tanning, including outdoor, indoor and spray tanning. As the leader in responsible tanning, the American Suntanning Association wants to clear up some of that misinformation.

Nobody should tan indoors or outdoors multiple times a day. Moderate indoor suntanning is all about looking good while reducing the risk of sunburn. Trained indoor suntanning operators, with the help of session management software, won’t allow customers to tan more than once in a 24-hour period. Operators also control all exposure times to minimize a client’s risk of overexposure and sunburn.

The “75% increased risk of melanoma” statistic is misleading. This statistic came from a World Health Organization study that combined the data from medical phototherapy equipment, unsupervised home units and commercial sunbeds. Results of the study showed medical equipment to increase risk 96%, unsupervised home units 40%, and commercial sunbeds only 6%, which is statistically insignificant. The statistics were combined for the 75% and incorrectly attributed to sunbeds.

Spray tanning is not just like applying makeup to your skin. The primary ingredient used in most spray-on tanning equipment today is called dihydroxyacetone (DHA). DHA, a colorless sugar, interacts with the outermost layer of the skin to darken skin color in a period of several hours. It takes about 12-24 hours for the DHA in your skin to reach its full tanning potential and a spray-on tan can last as long as 7-10 days. Some spray solution does include an instant bronzer to give instant results while the DHA darkens. Spray tanning does not offer any sunburn prevention.

The American Suntanning Association is a values-based coalition of suntan centers committed to teaching the vision of responsible and balanced sun care. For more information, visit

Justin Bieber Goes Tanning in Paris

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Biebs was spotted at a tanning salon in Paris! Not sure if he was there for a spray tan or a UV tan, but he’s looking great either way!

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New Yorkers Suffering Psoriasis, Depression and Other Ills Turn To Tanning

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Meredith Hoffman at reports on alternative reasons people regularly visit tanning salons.

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Connecticut Salons Volunteer Tougher Protocol for Teenage Sunbed Usage

Friday, January 4, 2013

A Connecticut tanning industry group’s efforts to promote self-regulation of the teenage tanning issue in Connecticut gained press attention this week.

Tom Kelleher, owner of Tommy’s Tanning based in Connecticut, and Karen Bentlage of Future Industries met with members of the press in the capitol building in Hartford, Conn., this week. Kelleher and Bentlage have already spearheaded an effort to sign nearly 100 salons to the self-regulatory pledge.

Kelleher and the Connecticut group are working with an ASA lobbying group to promote the effort. Here are three stories that appeared today from their meetings:

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