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The American Cancer Society announced in the last few days
that melanoma rates have jumped 72 percent in the last decade—a statistic for
which they blame the increase in tanning bed use.
Currently, NY prohibits children ages 14 and under from
using tanning beds and requires minors between the ages of 14 and 18 to have
written parental consent, though officials worry this mandate it not being
enforced. While some lawmakers think it’s up to parents to control their kids,
others believe a blanket ban on tanning for the under-18 crowd is simply good
public health policy. A similar law has been proposed in New Jersey and others
are in place in California and Vermont.
What do you think of this possible tanning bed
ban? Do you use tanning beds to get your summer glow on?
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 5/19/2012 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN body image, Love your bod, cancer 101, health, bad habit, In the News
i hate laws like this. There is a point when the government needs to back off and let parents make these desicions. I go to a tanning bed, me and my mom both know the risks and she signed for me. tanning is MY personal choice.
by Tokyogirl98 on 5/20/2012 6:44:43 PM
I think this law is a good idea. Although I'm kind of skeptical as to how much good it will do because if kids really want to tan, they can always just lay out in the sun. I don't use tanning beds and I never will.
by supersingershannon on 5/20/2012 6:01:46 PM
Yes, I agree that they should be banned. They are very unsafe and unhealthy.
by LovePeaceHope on 5/20/2012 5:28:06 PM
total nay!! people get cancer and die from doing those.... people might feel beautiful after going to a tanning bed but it is dangerous and can kill you!!! dont do it! i dont mean to be a fuddy-duddy but its true!
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by ostar21 on 5/20/2012 5:26:57 PM
I dont think tanning beds are good but banning them for some people seems kind of harsh. It just seems weird where they would ban that but then still let you get birth control without requiring parental consent even if you are 12.
And that lady who was arrested for letting her 6 yo go with her was just plain scary looking.
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