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It's official: Tanning is an addiction

According to a recently published article in the Archives of Dermatology indoor tanning qualifies as an addiction.

The study surveyed University of Albany, in Albany, NY, college students. Of the 229 responders who have used tanning beds, 39.3% met the criteria for addiction. Those that were considered addicted to tanning showed classic signs of addiction - several unsuccessful attempts to completely stop or cut back on tanning; feeling annoyed when they were told they should stop; and skipping work, school or other scheduled activities to go to the tanning salon.

Slightly of two-thirds of the study participants were female.

February 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm
(1) Michael says:

I’ve heard of them being referred to as “tanaholics”. It’s hard to convince someone to stop using solariums when they attribute their appearance to the practise of tanning. Sure a real tan can look good, but not in all scenarios, and it’s just not worth the risk of skin cancer!

March 5, 2011 at 2:00 am
(2) Tammy says:

I had a friend in High school who got to be that way. She just couldn’t get enough tanning in every day. Fortunately her mom was very helpful in breaking her of the habit, but I am sure she did damage to her skin before she gave it up.

March 7, 2011 at 7:37 am
(3) peptide hormone says:

This study is really giving a statement. A statement that we people who are being over addicted to tanning should stop it now. It really looks good but when time comes that our skin condition become fatal this will be the time that we will regret all this.

July 5, 2011 at 5:38 am
(4) Siva Nachiappan says:

Tanning is bad, increases risk of melanoma>


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