Bad Lighting: Effects of Youth Indoor Tanning Prohibitions

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Christopher S. Carpenter

Vanderbilt University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Brandyn Churchill

Vanderbilt University

Michelle Marcus

Vanderbilt University

Date Written: October 2021

Abstract

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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Suggested Citation

Carpenter, Christopher S. and Churchill, Brandyn and Marcus, Michelle, Bad Lighting: Effects of Youth Indoor Tanning Prohibitions (October 2021). NBER Working Paper No. w29443, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3953969

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