WATCH: Should America Institute A Teen Tanning Ban?
In the UK, minors are banned from using tanning beds, facing up to $32,000 in fines if they’re caught. Could this ban be adopted across the pond? Yes, yes it could.
Two years ago, the World Health Organization‘s International Agency for Research on Cancer categorized tanning beds as Class 1 carcinogens alongside cigarettes and plutonium. UV radiation from the sun is also included in this category, though indoor tanners can receive as much as 12 times the amount of radiation they would from regular sun exposure. Relatedly, more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer than every other type of cancer combined in the past three decades.
While more than 30 states restrict teens’ access to indoor tanning, rarely are such rules put into practice. A recent survey by the American Journal of Public Health showed that 17.1% of girls and 3.2% of boys ages 14 to 17 use tanning salons. With the strict enforcement of the UK ban, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the US follow suit, doing the current tanning tax one better.
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