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Tanning beds often available in college apartment buildings

Up to half of the apartment housing in close range of two Texas Universities offers free on-site indoor tanning, according to a new survey.

Most of the apartment employees interviewed for the survey also reported that minors are allowed to use the tanning facilities, which is outlawed under Texas Administrative Code, the researchers report in JAMA Dermatology.

Researchers used,, to find apartments within a five-mile radius of The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) and Texas A&M University (TAMU) campuses.

Over the summer of 2014, Diana Bartenstein of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston called 96 apartments to ask how many students lived in the building, whether free tanning was available and if a 17-year old would be allowed to tan there.