New York Governor signs bill to prohibit indoor tanning devices for New Yorkers under 17

On July 17, 2012 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that will prohibit the use of indoor tanning devices for all New Yorkers under the age of 17. The bills A 1074 and S 2917 will still require parental consent for 17-year olds for the use of indoor tanning devices.

It has been proven that indoor tanning increases the risk of skin cancer and premature aging.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology on a daily basis more than 1 million people tan in a tanning salon.

2.3 million teens tan indoors in the United States annually.

The increased use of tanning beds by teenagers has contributed to the sharp rise in melanoma rates. Melanoma is linked to excessive sun exposure particularly in the first 10 to 19 years of life

The reason teens are at particular risk because they are still experiencing such tremendous growth at the cellular level

Tanning has been shown to release endorphins which give the teen a natural high. This encourages them in an almost addictive manner to continue tanning.

The US Dept of Health and Human Services has declared ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and artificial sources, including tanning beds and sun lamps, as known carcinogens (a cancer-causing agent).

Studies have found a 75% increase in the risk of melanoma in those exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning.

The short-term, bronzing effects of tanning bed use are simply not worth the long-term consequences of increased skin cancer risk and premature aging.

Do you think this is something that should be legislated or should it be left up to the parents to?

50+UPF Sunny Sleevez


About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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6 Responses to New York Governor signs bill to prohibit indoor tanning devices for New Yorkers under 17

  1. John says:

    I think the whole tanning thing is a joke. It’s bad in more than one way as you’ve pointed out. However, I see this as similar to Michigan recently allowing motorcyclists to ride without a helmet. I think it’s really stupid but the choice should be up to the bikers, not some dopes in a big building who think they know what’s best for everyone from cradle to grave. (think liberalism) Tan, go for it but be prepared for the cancer and shriveled up prune you will be later in life.

  2. lavapix says:

    Hmmm, telling teens they can’t do something. Yeah, that’s gonna go over well. They would get around the law the same as we all did with other things back when we were all young. Here in Hawaii you get a tan walking from your house to the car.

  3. Reblogged this on jamiesesthetics and commented:
    great post.
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  4. Jeni Johnson says:

    I agree, though you hate me that an adult should be an adult when they turn 21. It honk even at 18 is not enough time for a person to truly understand the long term effects of tanning. As a tanner in my 18 amd 19 yo years, I think back and think how stupid. But at that age and admitting know for some reason my body looks better tanned. Perhaps it’s the bronzed look that gives off the slimming effect. In any case, great post.

  5. useyourcleanser says:

    I am myself really hate tan. Maybe because I’m Asian, I live fair skin and I saw all my Asian friends and family go out for a walk in the afternoon every single day to get tanned. I totally don’t like idea, I always stay indoor and try to avoid the sun as much as I can. In my opinion, tanned is not attractive at all.

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