Now eighteen states will be passing restrictions on the use of indoor tanning devices for individuals under 18, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. An additional five states are also considering implementing parental consent.
Currently California is the only state that upholds strict regulations for minors and prohibits anyone under the age of 18 years from using a tanning bed.
Tanning salons are commonplace throughout the United States and over the last decade have grown popular among adolescents in high school and even middle school.
Many dermatologists, despite the associated advantages for their medical bill collections due to the increased rate of skin cancer allegedly due to indoor tanning, are agreeing that this practice needs to be regulated and even halted.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, over 30 million people and 2.3 million teens frequent indoor tanning devices each year.
A Los Angeles dermatologist, Moy, cited in a USA article about this report, explains that tanning is unmistakably linked to increased risk of developing skin cancer and the risks are far greater for younger people.
The ban would undoubtedly affect the entire tanning industry, however, the facts and cancer risks go no longer be ignored.
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