Study Finds Tanning Beds on or Near Campuses

October 31, 2014

Of the top 125 colleges and universities according to U.S. News & World Report, 12 percent have tanning beds on campus, and 48 percent have tanning bed facilities either on or near campus, according to a new study in the journal JAMA Dermatology. The findings alarmed the authors. “We encourage universities to adopt a ‘tan free campus’ policy by prohibiting tanning beds and booths from campuses and discouraging housing facilities from having beds,” said the lead author,  Sherry Pagoto, associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts. “Universities should instead court new students with enticing health facilities such as gyms, swimming pools and healthy dining options.”

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