Target: Bart Bonn, Roger Holmes, Kueber, Diane Lucas, James Oliver and Doug McNabb; American Suntanning Association Founders
Goal: Stop spreading misinformation to downplay the role of sun beds in contributing to skin cancer.
The Sun Tanning Association (STA) is a recently formed lobbying group aimed at protecting the interests of the tanning industry. The American Academy of Dermatology has condemned the industry for making claims about skin cancer that are “ridiculous” and “unsupported by scientific evidence.” Sign the petition to condemn the sun tanning industry for its dangerous and misleading claims.
The tanning industry has disputed the medical consensus that use of tanning beds increases the risk of skin cancer, particularly melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Dermatologists heavily criticized the tanning industry arguing that there is no data to back their claims. The STA consists of 1,400 salon owners who are seeking to defend the $5 billion industry from attacks over the health risks of tanning. The STA has launched a campaign to make it seem as though doctors are unnecessarily scaring people about the dangers of tanning. The World Health Organization has concurred with dermatologists that exposure to UV light from tanning beds contributes to skin cancer. The American Cancer Society, together with other groups, is seeking tighter regulations of tanning beds. Thirty states already regulate teenagers tanning and California and Vermont have banned under-18 tanning.
The tanning industry’s claims that UV light does not lead to skin cancer and that UV light promotes vitamin D production have not been borne out by scientific evidence. There is a clear risk of skin cancer from using sun beds. Sign the petition to condemn the STA for spreading dangerous and misleading information.
Dear Sun Tanning Association,
I am writing as a concerned consumer to condemn your recent statements attempting to deny the link between tanning beds and skin cancer. You have resorted to launching attacks and spreading misinformation on doctors and researchers. Your actions are dangerous, irresponsible and put the lives of thousands of people at risk. Your message has prompted the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Cancer Society and the World Health Organization to come out in opposition to you.
A cancer epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota Cancer Center says, “They say, ‘tan responsibly,’ but I think it is irresponsible for them to promote their product when we know it is a cause of skin cancer.” An assistant professor of medicine at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey says that your studies contain cherry-picked data and have methodological flaws. In effect, you are knowingly promoting lies and putting the lives of your fellow citizens at risk. I urge you to reconsider your message and actions.
I hope you consider my thoughts.
[Your Name Here]