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?