Indoor Tanning

Tanning Facility Law

Vermont law prohibits the use of tanning devices such as sunlamps, tanning booths and beds by persons under 18 years of age. The law is intended to protect youth from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can cause skin cancer, as well as to inform the public about the dangers of tanning.

The law has three parts:

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Indoor Tanning Health Risks

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, whether from the sun or indoor tanning beds, can cause:

Skin cancer (including melanoma and non-melanoma) is the most common type of cancer in the United States, with more than 3.5 million new cases diagnosed and 2.2 million people treated each year. Melanomas are the most serious form of skin cancer and despite our short summers, Vermont has one of the highest incidence rates of melanoma compared to all other U.S. states.

Although all UV exposure has health risks, studies continue to document the risks specific to the use of indoor tanning devices, including the following:

Learn more about Cancer in Vermont.

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If You Choose to Use Tanning Devices

Persons who choose to expose themselves to the harmful effects of UV radiation from indoor tanning devices should take the following precautions:

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Other Laws Regulating Tanning Devices

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) share responsibilities in the federal regulation of sunlamps and tanning devices. The FDA enforces regulations that lay out specific requirements for labels on the devices; the FTC investigates false, misleading, and deceptive advertising claims about the devices. When these agencies determine that device labels don’t comply with the regulations or that advertisements are not truthful, they may take corrective action. The FDA also can remove products from the marketplace.

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More Information about Tanning

Please contact us if you have questions or want more information

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Posting the Required Notice and Confirmation

Click here for Tanning Notice (PDF version).All tanning facilities must post in a conspicuous place the notice developed by the Department of Health. This is to inform consumers about the age-restrictions for using tanning devices, the health risks associated with tanning and the penalty and enforcement provisions under the law.

Please fill out the online form below to confirm that you have posted the sign as required under Vermont law. You may also use the form for any questions, and to request signs or other information.

Download the notice PDF document

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