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Politicians and doctors across the country seem to think so. One bill in North Carolina has passed completely banning all tanning bed usage for minors:

Teens under the age of 18 would no longer be allowed to use indoor tanning beds under a bill that passed the state House Wednesday.

Current law bans children under 14 from using indoor tanning beds, but allows 14-to 17-year-olds to use them with a parent's written permission. House Bill 18 would remove that exception, instituting a full ban for anyone under 18.

Lawmakers say the change is needed because a growing body of scientific evidence shows tanning beds dramatically increase the risk for deadly melanoma and other skin cancers.

Sponsor Rep, Mark Hollo, R-Alexander, called it a "public safety bill." He cited "overwhelming evidence" that ultraviolet radiation in general, and tanning beds in particular, cause skin cancer.

Hollo said tanning bed radiation can be 15 times stronger than natural sunlight, and the earlier the exposure, the higher the cumulative risk. He said studies clearly show that people who use tanning beds before the age of 35 have a 75% greater chance of skin cancer.


Someone justify this for me. Do we need to take these measures? Can't we just educate teens about the risks of too much tanning bed usage, like in a pamphlet or something?
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Someone justify this for me. Do we need to take these measures? Can't we just educate teens about the risks of too much tanning bed usage, like in a pamphlet or something?


Like we do with everything else?

And kids still do stupid shit.
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14 year olds know exactly what they're doing. I say let them.
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^Woah, I never noticed I was in your sig.

I think there should definitely be restrictions or limitations but banning it for everyone under 18 is drastic.
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The nanny state strikes again.
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#9
I think a guy I knew in school's brother died because he used sunbeds.
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I think tanning beds should be banned for anyone of any age.

No really. I seriously think that. That shit is going to kill every single one you leathery, vain sons-of...

On second thought, let natural selection get them early. Take all the age limits off them!
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On second thought, let natural selection get them early. Take all the age limits off them!

Came in here to say this, lol

Also, does anyone actually find that shit attractive?
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I think they should be given a complementary stick of butter.
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Came in here to say this, lol

Also, does anyone actually find that shit attractive?

Being tan?

Yes.

Being overly tan?

No.

But you have to remember, a lot of the kids this affects were mentally shaped by people like Snooki.
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Tanning beds should be done with period.

It seems you are done with commas.
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Being tan?

Yes.

Being overly tan?

No.

But you have to remember, a lot of the kids this affects were mentally shaped by people like Snooki.

Well yea, being kinda tan is attractive, but these things usually turn people orange and gross. Or is that just from using them to much?

Because I've never seen someone who just goes swimming a lot be orange.
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It seems you are done with commas.


No, I meant tanning beds shouldn't be hanging around period anymore. He's a bad influence.
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Well yea, being kinda tan is attractive, but these things usually turn people orange and gross. Or is that just from using them to much?

Because I've never seen someone who just goes swimming a lot be orange.

That's just from too much of it.

I know a lot of girls that will tan every couple days for a few weeks before summer, then let nature take over. None of them are leathery and orange. I'm sure that over the course of many years, it'll add up faster than if you just used natural sunlight, but you know... no one cares how you look when you're 30...
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their obviously dangerous and don't serve any important purpose, yet people use them in the sake of vanity, which is known to lead people to make bad decisions. educating people about them would obviously be a good idea. a quicker solution would be banning them.
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Tanning beds should be banned in general.


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Tanning beds should be banned in general.

+1
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Just ban them all together.

You miss the ban the user above you thread don't you? because you just want to ban everything Also what happened to bender?
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Also what happened to bender?

He asked for a ban.
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Teenagers' brains are built to pretty much incapacitate logical thought processes.

So it's not unfair to ban teenagers from doing something that's dangerous.

However, tanning really isn't that dangerous, and whatever risks are there for a teenager would be just as prevalent for an adult. Too much tanning is dangerous for anyone. Moderate to light tanning can actually be healthy. It helps the body synthesize vitamin D, which is a bit tougher to come by during the winter months.
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Moderate to light tanning can actually be healthy. It helps the body synthesize vitamin D, which is a bit tougher to come by during the winter months.

Eat fish, and if you don't like fish take vitamin D supplements. I do both.
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I think tanning beds should be banned for anyone of any age.

No really. I seriously think that. That shit is going to kill every single one you leathery, vain sons-of...

On second thought, let natural selection get them early. Take all the age limits off them!


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Eat fish, and if you don't like fish take vitamin D supplements. I do both.


Those are rational alternatives, yes. It doesn't diminish the fact that there's nothing unhealthy about some tanning.

Most tanning beds only emit UV-A rays anyway, which have a wavelength too short to sink deep into the epidermis and cause cancer, eliminating that threat.


edit: For the record, I don't tan, as I have testicles. However, I once was with a girl who managed a tanning salon. I learned a lot lol.
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Those are rational alternatives, yes. It doesn't diminish the fact that there's nothing unhealthy about some tanning.

Yeah, but those alternatives are probably cheaper and don't leave you looking like a satsuma.
Scotland has a problem with vitamin D deficiency (bad diets and not a lot of sunlight), and there is link to our high rate of Multiple Sclerosis (my dad had that). We also have a ton of orange people, I don't see that as an ideal solution
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We need to limit/ban them all together
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Time restrictions, yes.
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Yeah, but those alternatives are probably cheaper and don't leave you looking like a satsuma.
Scotland has a problem with vitamin D deficiency (bad diets and not a lot of sunlight), and there is link to our high rate of Multiple Sclerosis (my dad had that). We also have a ton of orange people, I don't see that as an ideal solution


Orange people are the ones that tan too much, though.

Although come to think of it, it's pretty easy to spot out who tans and who doesn't, even if they're not quite orange. It's funny to point out. To me, going outside and living life seemed like the best way to go about it.

My whole point isn't to endorse it. It's just to clarify that tanning itself isn't bad, but too much is. Just like water, drugs, food, etc.

Now I feel gay for defending tanning, though.
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Now I feel gay for defending tanning, though.

You look a little bit gay, too.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.
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if cigarettes are illegal for minors, they should probably do the same for tanning beds. unless somebody else that posted was right about it not being bad for you in moderate amounts, then maybe time limits... i heard it's bad in general though compared to sunlight.
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Most tanning beds only emit UV-A rays anyway, which have a wavelength too short to sink deep into the epidermis and cause cancer, eliminating that threat.


you mean too long. the wavelength is too long.

regardless, that's old school. uv-a is now known to contribute to cancer by some mechanism that i don't remember. you should probably google this to make sure i'm not making this up because sometimes i doubt myself
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I bet liberals try to ban the sun next, lol.
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No. Miners spend all that time underground--they need some UV exposure.
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