That is the question to which researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the State University of New York wanted an answer.
According to a new study from the two institutions, researchers found that of the 229 college students who participated in the study, upwards of 90 subjects were considered addicted to indoor tanning. This group of students also consumed higher amounts of alcohol and marijuana, and had higher levels of anxiety.
"From a public health perspective, the findings suggest that there may be a subgroup of individuals who are addicted to indoor tanning and have an underlying mood disturbance," researcher Catherine Mosher told Reuters.
The Food and Drug Administration recently began reconsidering its stance on minors using tanning beds due to the potential heightened skin cancer risk.
What are your thoughts about this study? Do you have an opinion regarding indoor tanning and tanning salons? Do you think tanning can be addictive?
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