Youth access legislation effective in reducing indoor tanning in the United States

April 26, 2020


Objectives. To examine indoor tanning trends among US adults, and the relation to indoor tanning youth access legislation.

Methods. This study analyzed the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS), a mailed survey, from the years 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2018 (combined n = 20 2019).

Results. Indoor tanning prevalence decreased significantly over time among all US adults from 2007 (10%) to 2018 (4%; P < .001), among young adults aged 18 to 34 years (14% to 4%; P < .001), and among both women (14% to 4%; P < .001) and men (5% to 4%; P < .05). Indoor tanning significantly decreased in states that enacted youth access legislation by 2018, but did not significantly decrease for other states. Frequent indoor tanning was common in 2018; about one quarter of respondents who reported any indoor tanning did so 25 times or more in the past year.

Conclusions. This study identifies several challenges in continuing to reduce indoor tanning in the United States. Youth access legislation may be effective for reducing tanning among the broader population of tanners; however, there remains a need for focus on highly frequent tanners, as well as men.


Jennifer M. Bowers, Alan C. Geller, Elizabeth Schofield, Yuelin Li, Jennifer L. Hay, “Indoor Tanning Trends Among US Adults, 2007–2018”, American Journal of Public Health , no.  (): pp. e1-e6.

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