Study links tanning to other risky behaviors

By WEEK Producer

Study links tanning to other risky behaviors

February 27, 2014 Updated Feb 27, 2014 at 4:28 PM CDT

New research reveals indoor tanning is common among American teens and is linked to other types of risky behaviors.

According to a national survey of millions of high school students, 13-percent engaged in indoor tanning in 2011.

Along with the known skin cancer risks, indoor tanning was also associated with an increase in binge drinking, eating disorders and having sex.

In 2013, Illinois lawmakers passed legislation making it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to use tanning beds.

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