Legislation restricting access to indoor tanning throughout the world

Arch Dermatol. 2012 Sep;148(9):1006-12. doi: 10.1001/archdermatol.2012.2080.


Objective: To compile current legislation of indoor tanning throughout the world and compare them with existing legislation found in 2003.

Design: Cross-sectional study.

Setting: International.

Participants: All nations with legislation regarding access to indoor tanning found through web-based Internet search.

Main outcome measures: Number of nations with legislation and changes to laws regarding access to indoor tanning since 2003.

Results: The number of countries with nationwide indoor tanning legislation restricting youth 18 years or younger increased from 2 countries in 2003 to 11 countries in 2011. Six states or territories in Australia restricted indoor tanning in all minors; a province and a region in Canada implemented youth tanning laws; and 8 states, in addition to 3 preexisting state laws, in the United States implemented indoor tanning legislation since 2003.

Conclusion: Since 2003, access to indoor tanning has become increasingly restricted around the world.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Beauty Culture / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Melanoma / etiology
  • Melanoma / prevention & control
  • Skin Neoplasms / etiology
  • Skin Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Ultraviolet Rays / adverse effects*