by Mama Fox
I was on a local news website and a recent top story was about a new bill in Texas that if passed would require doctor's permission for anyone under 18 to use tanning facilities, following suit of the other 29 states that have similar laws, including California.
The American Cancer Society recommends avoiding tanning devices, especially among those under age 18 because up to 80 percent of an individual's lifetime sun exposure occurs during those early years. About tanning beds
by the Skin Care Guide explains the types of UV light used in tanning beds and what they can do to your skin.
Tanning is so popular with young girls that they may go as often as every day of the week to keep their tans. More tanning equals more cancer and the World Health Organization (WHO) is warning about the dangers of tanning
, not only with skin cancer, but also eye damage, permanent skin aging, and it may even harm the immune system.
I worry that passing laws like this would "force" teens to do more tanning naturally, by laying in the sun and doing even more damage to themselves. I think that instead of banning outright we should step up efforts to educate the public, specifically the young girls that are the main source of business of the tanning salons.
Do you think teens should be banned from using tanning beds? Why or why not?