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The early popularity of high-UVB indoor tanning beds caused many in the medical community, especially dermatologists, to seek out opportunities in the media and in governmental forums to condemn their use.
In reaction to the medical community's claims, researchers in the tanning industry conducted studies that found that tanning beds that used lamps with higher percentages of Ultraviolet A (U-A) light could provide tans with a decreased risk of sunburn. Once determined, the industry acted voluntarily to change the standard tanning lamps in equipment to include higher percentages of UV-A than UV-B