Sunday, March 4, 2012

Academy of Dermatologists: Hoffman Tanning-Bed Email 'Absurd' and 'Ludicrous'

Posted By on Sun, Mar 4, 2012 at 10:22 AM

The nation's largest association of dermatologists is pushing back against what it called "absurd questions" about indoor tanning from some Idaho lawmakers and Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation executive director.

Last Thursday, a robust debate erupted at the Idaho Statehouse over House Bill 486aa, which proposed restrictions of Idaho minors from using tanning beds. The Republican-led majority voted 42-26 to return the legislation to committee, but only after it was discovered that Hoffman had fired off a last-minute email to lawmakers containing unsubstantiated claims regarding Gem State physicians and the prescribed use of tanning beds.

"The issues raised about this legislation are absolutely ridiculous and dermatologists are disappointed that the Idaho House of Representatives would give more credit to these ludicrous concerns than the health and wellbeing of young adults in the state," wrote Dr. Ronald Moy, president of the American Academy of Dermatology Association.

"The purpose of this legislation is to prevent future skin cancers. Scientific evidence demonstrates a 75 percent increase in the risk of melanoma in those who have been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning," said Moy. "Dermatologists will ultimately lose money should this bill pass because of the reduction in future skin cancers. This is the type of revenue loss that dermatologists would welcome."

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