This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.
It didn’t seem possible that anyone could match the cynical cancer-peddling of tobacco companies. But the tanning industry has been giving them a run for the money.
The tanning salon lobby has long fought legislation efforts to bar minors from their tanning beds. The reason is obvious: Teenage girls spend a lot of money in those salons.
The industry’s umbrella group, the Indoor Tanning Association, is notorious for false claims about the virtues of artificial tanning. In 2010, the Federal Trade Commission ordered it to stop. Now a similar organization – the American Suntanning Association – has suddenly materialized. Read more »