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Recently the Food and Drug Administration called for a federal amendment to the performance standards for all indoor tanning devices, including sunlamps. Citing a continuous effort to improve consumer safety, the amendment proposes a laundry list of changes, including an indoor tanning ban for minors.
Yes, a tanning ban for minors. According to the amendment, those under the age of 18 will be prohibited from using any indoor tanning device.
Now, it makes sense that kids should have parental permission to use tanning beds. But is the government overstepping its bounds in insisting that even with parental permission, kids may not be allowed to use tanning beds?
The FDA estimates that around 1.6 million teens use tanning beds every year, most of whom are Caucasian. Females between 15 and 29 have higher rates of melanoma – a slow-developing skin cancer that can be deadly – than their male peers, according to the FDA’s proposed ban.
The American Academy of Dermatology Association praised the proposed changes, citing studies have “found a 59 percent increase in the risk of melanoma in those who have been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning, and the risk increases with each use.”
The AADA also supports a ban on the production and sale of indoor tanning equipment for nonmedical purposes.
It’s commendable to want to protect children from the harmful effects of using tanning equipment – it really is – but is this yet another example of the government attempting to overstep its bounds when it comes to parental permissions and rights?
I’d love to hear what you think, so please share your thoughts on this controversial ban on my Facebook page or on Twitter!
There’s no shortage of disagreement surrounding the amount of legislation that belongs on individuals’ bodies – one look at the news on any given day can show you that.
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Indoor Tanning Age Limits - Is this too much regulation?
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