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Number of Tanning Salons

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Recommendations Based on CITY100 Findings

  • Pass laws that ban indoor tanning by those under age 18 years, as recommended by the World Health Organization. France and 3 Australian states already have passed such bans.
  • In the absence of a ban, laws should require tanning salons to limit teens on the number of tanning sessions per week they are allowed to have, along with limiting the duration of these sessions.

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Key Findings

Graph of indoor tanning among CITY100 teens
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  • Tanning salons located in states with youth access laws were more likely to require the teen to obtain parental consent to tan. However, youth access law (presence vs. absence) did NOT relate to whether teens had actually used indoor tanning. This may be because many parents are providing their consent. Learn which states had indoor tanning laws.
  • Older teens and teen girls were significantly more likely to have used indoor tanning than younger teens and teen boys.
  • Teens with parents who used indoor tanning were significantly more likely to have tanned compared to teens whose parents had not used indoor tanning. If teens reported their parent allowed them to use indoor tanning, they were especially likely to have used it.
  • There was an average of 42 salons per city. This exceeded the numbers of Starbucks and McDonald’s! See the number of salons in specific cities.
  • 76% of the teens lived within 2 miles of a tanning salon. Those living within 2 miles of a tanning salon were significantly more likely to have used indoor tanning than those not living within 2 miles of a salon.
  • 71% of the salons we contacted said a fair-skinned teen could tan every day the 1st week of tanning, even though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (1) recommends no more than 3 times the 1st week. Learn about what salons in specific cities did.


(1) U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (1986). Policy on maximum timer interval and exposure schedule for sunlamps, August 21, 1986, Department of Health and Human Services. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Rockville, MD.

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