St. Petersburg, Florida- State lawmakers are set to consider new legislation which could prohibit teens under the age of 16 from using tanning beds.
Experts say UV light puts people at higher risk for developing skin cancer and say those under 18 are most susceptible to DNA damage in their still developing skin cells.
“Young skin is more vulnerable than old skin. It’s those young tanners that we want to protect the most,” said St. Petersburg dermatologist Dr. James Spencer.
The proposal would also require those under 18 have a parent sign off in person authorizing their tanning sessions. Parents would also be required to specify how many sessions their teen could purchase per year.
The Indoor Tanning Association which represents the 5 billion dollar a year U.S. tanning industry argues the bill gives consumers the false impression tanning beds are dangerous.
“The UV light from a tanning bed is the same that comes from the sunshine,” says Sarah Longwell a spokeswoman for the group. “We think it would be ridiculous for people under 18 to have to get a parent’s permission to go to the beach.”
There are statues in 29 states restricting minors’ access to tanning beds. In 2005, the World Health Organization recommended no one under the age of 18 be permitted to use tanning beds.
written by Beau Zimmer, 10 Connects News
I would like to add my two cents to this, tanning bed technology has been upgraded since the late 80’s and early 90’s. If anyone remembers tanning beds in that era produced more UV radiation than the sun. Since then the technology has changed and the bulbs produce just as much UV radiation as the sun and also provides Vitamin D which is a Vitamin that most life gets from the rays of the sun. There are many positive effects of indoor tanning. This includes a way to treat depression. Some tips if you do indoor tanning. Go to tanning salons that provide tanning oils and cremes that you can use as sun screen. Use in moderation bad things happen when you use anything to excess this includes indoor tanning and outdoor tanning. Go to a tanning salon that limits your time to 15-20 min per day and 2-3 times a week. If you tan outside only tan for 15-20 min per day 2-3 times a week. Overexposure to UV radiation can cause skin cancer but that only happens if you are in direct exposure in excess, without wearing some kind of sun screen. The main source of Vitamin D is not whole milk (all the other milks do not have vitamin D which is why it is also called Vitamin D milk.) but from the sun. Just remember it is not the UV radiation that is dangerous it is overexposure and not protecting yourself.