NEW YORK (CBS) – A new congressional report accuses tanning salons of lying to customers just to get their business. The investigation found that often, tanning salons aren’t just downplaying the risks of tanning, they’re promoting benefits that don’t exist to a young clientele that may not know better. Every year, 28 million people use tanning beds, and young women age 16-to-29 are the backbone of the $2.6 billion industry. They’re targeted with student specials, homecoming specials, even deals for the prom. But when congressional investigators contacted 300 tanning salons, identifying themselves as fair-skinned teenage girls, they were routinely given bad information about the risks involved.
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