The prevailing notion of tattoo safety regulation is myopic, targeting infection control during tattoo acquisition instead of the long term health hazards associated with tattoo ink chemicals. The
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate tattoo inks. Independent lab analyses of tattoo chemicals reveal unsafe levels of hazardous chemicals and chromium. Tattoo ink contains heavy metals, as well as many carcinogenic and mutagenic compounds. For long term public health, the FDA and regulatory agencies can comprehensively regulate various aspects of the tattoo industry. The removal of tattoos are often far more costly and time-consuming than tattoo acquisition. Tattoo facilities ought to complete educational programs regarding the risks of tattoo ink. It is equally important for the industry to educate potential consumers concerning the chemical contents of tattoo ink and their long term risks. Properly-framed public health pedagogy connects the common and scientific discourses concerning tattoos. Tattoo health education utilizes the Prospect Theory to address the lesser-known prolonged health hazards of tattoos. To achieve maximum pedagogical effectiveness as assessed by behavioral changes, tattoo health curriculums can utilize risk-relevant framing strategies for the various stages of tattoos (acquisition, repair and removal).
|Keywords:||Heavy Metal, Carcinogenic Benzo(a)Pyrene, Tversky Kahneman, Gain-frame, Loss-frame|
Research Student, Research, Declare Therapy Center, Covington, KY, USA
Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Student, Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati, OH, USA