So what if you knew about something that when used as intended caused harm, and your state’s regulations directed at that behavior were not enforced? I bet you would be asking some questions, wouldn’t you?
In this case, we aren’t talking about cigarettes (although the comments above do apply in some jurisdictions around the country). We are talking about indoor tanning.
The World Health Organization and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection both recommend that children under the age of 18 years not be allowed to use indoor tanning, much less use it with the permission of a parent.
Why? Because using a sun bed before the age of 35 is associated with a 75% increased risk of developing melanoma. Indoor tanning is also associated with burns of the skin and eyes, alterations of the immune system, photo-aging of the skin, an increased risk of other skin cancers and causing adverse reactions to medications.
Two recent articles highlight the problems young people face in understanding the risks of indoor tanning, and what happens when states that have laws to restrict indoor tanning among youth are not enforced.