Florida has more tanning salons than McDonald's, according to JAMA study

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St. Petersburg, Florida -- The tanning business is booming in Florida despite skin cancer concerns. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says there are more tanning salons in the sunshine state than there are McDonald's restaurants!

Researchers say you'll find at least one tanning salon every 50 miles for a total of 1,261 salons.

That's even more locations than CVS Pharmacies. The only business more common are Bank of America ATMs.

The study goes on to say Florida has the "second-highest incidence of melanoma in the country," and it has no age restrictions on indoor tanning.

Below are the number of tanning salons in the state compared to other businesses, as reported in the JAMA study:

Indoor tanning facilities        1261

Bank of America branches     624

Bank of America ATMs          1455

McDonald's                         868

Publix Supermarket              756


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