In case you didn’t already know, tanning beds cause cancer, so theFDA is thinking of banning them for anyone under 18. It’s actually sort of surprising that they haven’t considered that sooner – panelist Dr. Michael Olding stated, “Given the absence of any demonstrated benefit, I think it’s an obligation for us to ban artificial tanning for those under 18″. Fair point. But isn’t a 16 year old probably smart enough to know that they cause cancer? Yes. Are 16 year olds really desperate to look cool, and by cool we mean orange? Yes to that, too. At the very least, a ban would mean their skin won’t look like a lizard’s by the time they’re 23.
- Fri, Mar 26 2010