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Indoor Tanning Among Minors

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Indoor tanning increases a person’s skin cancer risk. The risk of skin cancer increases with each indoor tanning session and is highest among those who start tanning at a younger age. The public health community plays an important role in protecting young people from the harms of indoor tanning.


Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in nearly all soil. It enters homes and other buildings through small cracks and holes in the foundation. When it is indoors, radon gas becomes trapped and accumulates in the air. When people breathe in radon, it damages the lungs, which may result in lung cancer. According the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer among smokers in the United States, causing about 21,000 deaths each year. The radon promising practices brief explains how to reduce radon in homes, what states and comprehensive cancer control programs can do about radon.

Tobacco Use

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Nearly one-half million Americans die from tobacco use each year, and more than 16 million suffer from a disease caused by smoking. Despite these risks, about 42 million U.S. adults still smoke. The Office on Smoking and Health's Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs is an evidence-based guide to help states plan and establish effective tobacco control programs to prevent and reduce tobacco use.

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