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Bad Lighting: Effects of Youth Indoor Tanning Prohibitions

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  • Christopher S. Carpenter
  • Brandyn F. Churchill
  • Michelle M. Marcus

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Indoor tanning beds (ITBs) emit UV light at high intensity and have been classified as carcinogenic to humans by the World Health Organization since 2009. We are the first to study the role of state laws prohibiting youths from indoor tanning using a difference-in-differences research design. We find that youth ITB prohibitions reduced population search intensity for tanning-related information. Among white teen girls, ITB prohibitions reduced self-reported indoor tanning and increased sun protective behaviors. We also find that youth ITB prohibitions significantly reduced the size of the indoor tanning market by increasing tanning salon closures and reducing tanning salon sales.

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  • Christopher S. Carpenter & Brandyn F. Churchill & Michelle M. Marcus, 2021. "Bad Lighting: Effects of Youth Indoor Tanning Prohibitions," NBER Working Papers 29443, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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