Agree or disagree???

Stricter laws needed to keep kids away from tanning beds. What do you think? Should there be a law restricting this?

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10 Responses to Agree or disagree???

  1. SKL says:

    I think it should be illegal before age 18 unless you have a doctor’s prescription. Something purely cosmetic isn’t worth a serious health risk for people too young to really grasp the long-term concerns.

    I also agree that parents should provide an example by also not “tanning” for the sake of tanning.

    On the other hand, I think the pendulum has swung too far when it comes to playing outside in the sun. Sunscreen is over-rated, and I’ve read it has even been linked to cancer. Just do what comes naturally, folks, unless you burn really easily.

  2. Jenny says:

    I guess I don’t get why everyone has to tan before prom? Maybe i’m just jealous cause I can’t tan. I’m so pale, and I burn so easy! Stinks. But it seems like everyone out there is tanning.

  3. Laura says:

    I don’t get the whole tanning thing at all. Maybe it’s because I never “tan”. I get plenty dark, but it’s because I’m actually out DOING stuff in the sun – swimming, playing, gardening, etc. Laying and doing nothing but baking drives me absolutely insane. I can lay and do nothing but read, but generally I have to be in the shade for that, ’cause I have no patience for being that hot for no reason.

    So I guess I don’t even understand the need for tanning beds to exist. Why do people have to go lay there? Why can’t they just go outside? And this nonsense about getting a “base” is poppycock. If you’re going to burn, you’re going to burn. You just don’t notice it as much if you’re already dark. I’ve burnt plenty of times on top of my tan – and I’ve peeled it off and still stayed tan under it.

    I wonder why the police don’t just do stings like they do with cigarettes and booze? Send some underagers in to tan, and when they’re accepted, no questions asked, boom! The place gets fined, shut down, whatever. I’ll bet, if there are a couple stings, word gets out and underage tanning goes WAY down.

  4. SKL says:

    Is it just my imagination or is that tanning bed in the photo designed / photoshopped to look like an open coffin? Am I just slow on the uptake?

  5. Just a Mom says:

    I think we do need stricter laws for people under 18 and there should also be more education overall.
    I do a lot of stuff outside and I always have sunscreen no matter what. My great-grandmother died from melanoma and I had a classmate die from it as well. My girls attempt to go outside and tan and I always give them a lecture about the dangers of it. Plus even if you are lucky and don’t get skin cancer, that “what you think is pretty” tan makes you skin age much quicker than those who do not tan.

  6. Laura says:

    I’ve been mulling this over all night, and i still don’t know how I feel about the law. On one hand, I’m so sick of the ever-more intrusive laws and taxes that are suddenly “necessary.” But on the other hand, parents seem to be – more and more – simply abdicating their responsibility. Let my daughter dress like a hooker? Sure, no problem. It’s YOUR fault if you look. Let my son play video games all day every day? Sure, no problem. All that killing and blood won’t affect his psyche. Let my little girl go tanning because society says that “tan is beautiful”? Sure, if it’s what she wants, she can have it.

    I think this is just one more symptom of a much larger problem that’s going on. We have become such a “liberal” society… everything is now ok. I read an article the other day (which I’ve been writing a post about) about kids having sex at 11! And everybody is all, “yeah, well, what are you gonna do?” Society can’t do anything about that, but they think that they can ban kids from going tanning??? Things just don’t make any sense.

    So do I think there needs to be a law? Yeah, I guess there does. If parents can’t do the job themselves, and all that. But what I think there needs to be even more, is stores doing the policing for themselves. You don’t need a law to tell your customers, “sorry, you must be 18 to use our tanning facilities.” Will they lose a little business? Maybe. But honestly, how big a dent in profits can turning away 12 year olds cause? You can’t tell me that these kids are the bulk of their clientele.

  7. Nikki says:

    I do think there needs to be a law. 18+ and I think there should be a limit for everyone, and not the limit that most have (once a day) that is purely insane to me. I have gone, and so has Jason, not for many years now. We’d go a couple times a week. I personally don’t like the dark tanned look, and half the time you end up looking orange.

    And might I add, have you seen people after they have been tanning their whole lives??? You have to ask yourself, do I want to look good now in my 20’s-30’s, or when I’m 50-60?

    After my father in law went through his battle with skin cancer (correct me if I’m wrong, I think it was cancer), and seeing that first hand…no way do I want to go through that. I stop tanning all together. I wouldn’t lay out, even for a little bit. Now, I do, but it’s only for a bit. Nothing wrong with getting a little sun. People need to learn moderation. And preventive care, have the doc check out your skin at your annual physical and always go to the doctor if anything look suspicious.

  8. Karen Joy says:

    I worked in salons for 20 years ands we had tanning beds.The regular clients were usually middle aged women.They were the ones who came ALL year long one to two times per week and never lay in the bed super long.The younger ones tanning for grad or winter vacation would bake in there WAY to long.And we had rules,if the bulbs were new no longer than 8 to 10 mins.Older max 20 mins.Most of them dont listen and will even turn it back on for more time.If they want skin cancer,go right ahead…they simply do not listen or care.There should be laws but yes the store can set some rules but its hard to enforce.I personal loved using the bed yet I hardly ever did.Winter is a great time to just go in for a few mins,sort of gives you that sun your missing,it would make me feel emotionly better.Everything in moderation ,tanning inside or out doors.I dont want to look like an old wrinkly hag when Im older.Yes,never mind skin cancer.

  9. Phyllis says:

    I’m with Laura on this. I hate that there seems to be a need for yet another law that infringes on parental responsibility, but there is. Since 18 is the age that’s allowed for smoking (another cancer related activity), I guess 18 should be enforced for tanning salons as well. Also presenting a valid picture I.D. should be required just like for all other risky activities.

    When I’m outside, I do actually tan easily. I’ve burned very few times in my life. I haven’t ever gone to a tanning salon, though, because it seems like a complete waste of time (and money) to me. I also don’t make it a point to lay out in order to acquire a tan. I have very limited patience for total inactivity.

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