Support for Tanning Bed Control Policies Among Female University Students
Methods: Undergraduate sorority members at a large public university were invited to complete an online survey to assess support for three policies: statewide ban for minors’ access to tanning beds, statewide tax on tanning bed use, and city ordinance banning free tanning bed use in apartment complexes.
Results: A majority of all respondents (n=567) supported prohibiting minors’ access (76.2%), a tax (63.3%), and a ban on free indoor tanning in apartments (53.8%). Support for these policies significantly varied by tanner type and age of first tanning. A majority of never tanners (82.6%), former tanners (72.4%), and current tanners (61.2%) supported a ban on minors’ access (p<0.001). However, while a majority of never tanners (74.8%) and former tanners (63.2%) supported a tax, only 32.8% of current tanners supported this policy (p<0.001). Similarly, a minority of current tanners (31.3%) supported a ban on free tanning in apartments, while a majority of never tanners (60.8%) and former tanners (60.5%) supported the ban (p<0.001). In addition, while a majority of those who tanned indoors for the first time as a minor (57.7%) supported a ban on minors’ access, support was significantly higher for those that tanned for the first time at age 18 or later (75.3%; p=0.009). Those that tanned as a minor (36.6%) were also less likely to support a tanning tax, compared to those who began tanning at age 18 or later (52.9%; p=0.019). No difference was found in support for a ban on free tanning in apartment complexes (p=0.413).
Conclusion: Among a sample of female university students, a majority supported three tanning bed control policies, with a ban on minors’ access receiving the highest support. Policy support varied by tanner type and age of first tanning. Increasing public awareness about the dangers of tanning beds may further increase support for tanning bed control policies.
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