The Skin Cancer Foundation recently lodged a formal complaint against the Federal Trade Commission about the television show, Jersey Shore. The Skin Cancer Foundation claims that this television show is a “health-hazard” because the “still available episodes of the show promote tanning, especially in tanning beds, which encourages young viewers to engage in a cancer-causing habit.”
Jersey Shore is a reality television that follows eight housemates spending their summer at the Jersey Shore. In the show, the eight stars consistently use tanning beds to darken their skin.
The Skin Cancer Foundation would like to see the Federal Trade Commission look into this claim while MTV puts warning labels on all reruns and online episodes. They would also like to see warning labels on all products, advertisements and games tied to the television show, warning of the dangers of tanning.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger is very passionate about this issue and supports The Skin Cancer Foundation’s efforts.
“Shows like this end up encouraging young people, including children, to take up a habit that has been shown to cause cancer,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
“Just like television and the film industry essentially toned down the appearance of smoking in their movies and shows, this can do the same for tanning.”
MTV has responded to the request, saying that while it does not plan to include warnings on the show, it does applaud the organization’s “efforts to bring attention to these issues, which are important to our audiences and the public health.”
Dr. Joel Schlessinger hopes to see a change in the portrayal of tanning beds on television.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger has high hopes for this complaint as he sees this as a serious issue in our society today.
“I hope it succeeds and wish Dr. Sarnoff and the Skin Cancer Foundation success!”
Dr. Joel Schlessinger is passionate about stopping the spread of skin cancer, especially in adolescents. Learn more about Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s involvement in the fight for skin cancer.
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