November 11, 2008
Texas Sues Chain of Tanning Salons
The Texas attorney general is suing the Houston-based Darque Tan salon chain for allegedly suggesting its tanning beds provide health benefits.
In its advertisements, Darque Tan falsely claims to reduce cancer risks by increasing amounts of vitamin D in the body, Attorney General Greg Abbott said.
"They are only approved as cosmetic tanning devices," said Tom Kelley, a spokesman for Abbott. "The company cannot claim health benefits beyond that."
Darque Tan has 87 locations in eight states, including 30 in the Houston area, the Chronicle reported, noting company owner, Robbie Segler, defended his ads as appropriate and legal in an interview with the Chronicle.
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