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Nearly half of top schools have tanning facilities on or near campus

Authors of a study published in the journal JAMA Dermatology found that a fair amount of colleges and universities have tanning beds and booths on or near campus. The study found that of the top 125 colleges and universities, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, 12 percent have tanning beds on campus, and 48 percent have tanning facilities either on or near campus.

“We encourage universities to adopt a ‘tan free campus’ policy by prohibiting tanning beds and booths from campuses and discouraging housing facilities from having beds,” said Sherry Pagoto, the lead author and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts. “Universities should instead court new students with enticing health facilities such as gyms, swimming pools and healthy dining options.”