The first thing any industry faced with negative scientific evidence does is form a trade group. And the first thing that trade group does is gin up “scientific” evidence that claims the industry is being falsely maligned. The asbestos industry did (and does) it, and of course so did the tobacco industry. Now, it’s the suntanning industry:
State Sen. Ted Lieu also charged that industry leaders formed the new group, the American Suntanning Association, to evade terms of a settlement with federal regulators who had charged another industry organization with making false claims.
In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission released Wednesday, the Democratic lawmaker wrote, “Rather than accepting the overwhelming evidence that indoor tanning is a cause of skin cancer, the [American Suntanning Association] fabricates its own false ‘science’ in a blatant attempt to mislead customers.”