Popular wisdom associates tans with health and wellness and glamour, as opposed to, say, melanoma. No matter how much we learn about the dangers of sun exposure, the importance of sunscreen and how indoor tanning can be a death sentence for some, a lot of people still think tan = beautiful. Teenagers who want a sunny glow without going outside, however, will now have to wait. Reports Reuters:
California is the first state in the nation to ban minors from using tanning beds, legislators said. Previously, California had banned minors under the age of 14 from using tanning beds, but allowed those between 14 and 18 years of age to use tanning beds with parental consent. The bill was part of a cluster of legislation signed on Sunday designed to “improve the health and well-being of Calfornians,” according to a statement from the Governor’s office.
Some people out there may be furious with a perceived “nanny state” but just as many will disagree and view “banning impressionable minors from baking in ultraviolet-emitting radiation” as progress. After all, the link between indoor tanning and cancer isn’t subtle: people who use tanning beds are almost 75% percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors. Yikes.
Do you see the California anti-tan legislation as a step in the right direction?
We hope that Courtney Stodden is recording an extremely alliterative song about injustice right now.