Nearly Half of Colleges Have Indoor Tanning Facilities on or Near Campus

According to a new study, 14 percent of colleges allow campus cash to pay for tanning.
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And now to a new warning about tanning beds and college students. A new study revealing that half of schools have indoor tanning facilities on or near campus. Paula Faris has the story. Reporter: It's a college perk along with fitness centers and spa treatments. But this morning, news that tanning beds are easier than ever to access for college students. And in some cases even paid for with campus cash cards. Tanning beds and young people, it's known to be a potentially cancerous and potentially deadly combination. Yet when researchers looked at the 125 top U.S. Colleges from U.S. News and world report, found almost 50% had indoor tanning beds on campus or in off campus houses. Gathered by the researchers at Massachusetts medical school, more than half a million students have access to tanning beds on campus. Even more shocking -- In 14% of colleges, the campus cash cards that students can use to make purchases for food and books were able to be used to pay for tanning at local salons. Reporter: Indiana university's website said they can use their campus card at the tanning salon on campus. The university declined to comment. The researchers also finding that 96% of off campus housing with tanning beds did so at no charge. Like near the university of Arizona. Decked out with a rooftop pool and tanning bed in the building. One of the myths is that it's a safe tan. Any dermatologist will tell you there's no such thing as a safe tan. Reporter: In fact a study in the international journal of cancer showed 76% of melanoma cases in 18 to 29-year-olds were attributable to tanning bed use. They are dangerous, they are expensive. The risks far outweigh any possible benefits. Reporter: And the U.S. Surgeon general recently warned about the perks of tanning beds on college campuses. Saying they should be eliminated. Again, robin and George, it's the early exposure to sun that's so detrimental. Yes. And proven over and over again. Thank you very much.

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