Lufkin salon says tanning can be healthy

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - One Lufkin tanning salon says since customers under the age of 16-and-a-half can't tan, more people are coming in for spray tans.

There's no nationwide regulation for the use of tanning salons by young people. However the FDA wants to change that. They're cracking down on tanning salons to regulate the length of time a teenager is allowed to tan. But Lufkin's Bottoms Up says a certain amount of UV light is healthy and they have customers that come in with a doctor's referral to tan.

"Being a manager in this business, it's not a good thing, it may hurt our business, but that's why we are trying to promote self-tanning," Stephanie Moore said. "However, because it's a concern as a parent, it helps take the pressure off the parent to say, you know what I don't want you to tan."

Federal health officials say they need to protect teenagers from the cancer risks tanning beds pose. Bottoms Up says customers 16-and-a-half to 18 must have a parent with them.

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