indoor tanning

  1. FDA still not seeing the light on indoor tanning risks

    FDA indoor tanning stance leaves teeny-boppers burned

    The crack of the bat. The cheer of the crowd. The smell of hot dogs cooking on the grill.

    It's baseball season everywhere -- and even your local tanning salon is getting in on the action. Swing by any afternoon, and you'll see an army of teenage girls with faces so toasted and leathery by fake baking that they look like old catchers' mitts!

    And these little princesses had better get their yearbook photos taken fast, because they're already living on borrowed time.

    Gals who regularly visit indoor tanning salons aren't just wasting their cash -- they're throwing away their good health. And it's up to you to stop it, because Uncle Sam is proving once again he's not up to the job.

    Faced with mounting evidence that unlike natural outdoor sun exposure indoor tanning boosts your skin cancer risk by a staggering 59% -- and after research proved teens were most at risk -- the FDA has taken the bold and courageous step of now requiring salons to put LABELS on their tanning beds.

    That's the answer we've been waiting for, friend. Not some massive public health campaign -- just discrete labels warning that tanning is dangerous for teens.

    And if you think these million-dollar salons are going to grow a conscience and start turning away the cheerleading team at the door, you may have spent too much time in the sun. Getting into a tanning salon is like getting accepted at a community college -- just flash some cash and you're in.

    About a third of female twelfth graders fake bake, and I hope your daughter or granddaughter isn't one of them. Just because her friends' parents are morons doesn't mean you need to be a moron, too. Send her outside to get some real healthy full-spectrum UV light instead.

    Because there's one word American parents are going to have to learn if we want to keep tanning beds from becoming death beds... if we're serious about saving our girls from a lifetime of radiation and disfiguring surgeries.

    The word is "no." Start practicing it on your teen today, and I promise she'll thank you down the road.

  2. State seeks to outlaw tanning

    State seeks to outlaw tanning

    Right now, Oklahoma State Senator Andrew Rice is trying to get a bill passed that would make it illegal for minors to go to an indoor tanning facility without the written permission of a doctor, or without a parent or guardian staying with them in the facility during the tanning session.

    Right now, 29 states already have similar laws on the books. So this is just one more case of Big Government playing Big Brother.

    Senator Rice supports his argument by pointing out that both the American Medical Association and the World Health Organization have said that indoor tanning should be illegal in ALL CASES for children under the age of 18.

    But like most laws, this one is a half measure that's mired in compromises. It says kids under 13 need a doctor's OK or their parent to stay at the salon. From 13 to 15, no medical permission is necessary, but the parent still needs to stay during the session. From 16 to 17, kids only need written permission of a parent (yeah, that's not easy to forge!).

    In short, the new law - even if it's passed - is weak as water. There's no way it will keep teens from getting their "fake bake." After all, if a parent has the amazingly poor judgment to let a child under the age of 13 use a tanning salon in the first place, this type of measure won't amount to much.

    Don't get me wrong: I'm not condoning the use of tanning beds. After all, the UV exposure on tanning beds can increases the risk of the most deadly and difficult to treat skins cancers: malignant melanoma - the fastest growing and most lethal form of skin cancer in the U.S.

    But if you want to fry your skin and increase your risk of this deadly cancer, that's your prerogative.

  3. Seeing the (sun)light on the tanning issue

    The way to get the health benefits of a tan is to be out in the sunlight - the natural, full-spectrum sunlight. Not the predominantly UV light you get from artificial sunlight.

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