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NY Throws Shade on Tanning Salon

Thursday, March 27, 2014

New York's Attorney General says his office has reached a deal with a tanning salon that his office said made fraudulent health claims.

Eric Schneiderman says under the agreement Hollywood Tans and other franchises owned by the parent company in New York will be prohibited from misleading advertising, offering "unlimited" tanning packages and targeting high school students.

The investigation found that the business claimed tanning can "help your body create vitamin D to prevent cancer" and “More Sun Means Less Cancer: New Study.” According to Schneiderman, Hollywood Tans NYC used website and social media to make misleading statements including: “The American Cancer Society doesn’t want you to know the truth about tanning booths,” “Sunlight prevents skin cancer and other cancers.  It’s absolutely true,” and “Vitamin D prevents brain cancer, bone cancer, liver cancer and other types of cancer.” 

Schneiderman says there is a clear consensus that tanning increases cancer and that consumers must be aware of the risks.

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