Teens May Soon Be Banned From Tanning Salons

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

Indoor tanning might soon be for adults only.

Two Colorado law makers want to make it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to use tanning beds.

Legislators invited a 22 year old victim to Wednesday's committee hearing.

The 22 year old woman spoke to the group about her experience.

She said she started "fake" tanning intensively during her junior year in high school.

Less than two years later she was diagnosed with Melanoma Skin Cancer.

Doctors say there are severe health risks.

The American Academy of Dermatology opposes the use of tanning beds all together.

There are even warning signs posted on all tanning bed machines.

Yet millions of teens are still willing to take their chances.

Currently, tanning salons require parental permission for those under 18 years of age.

But law makers say that's not good enough.

Teens say if the bill were to become law, they would sunbathe outdoors instead.

Skeptics say, if teens are banned from tanning salons, they should be banned from tanning outdoors as well.

Doctors say the safest way to get that summer bronzed look is by using sprays or sunless lotions.


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