World-Wide Tanning Pandemic May Kill Our Children

Yesterday politicians in the City of Victoria, British Columbia voted to ban indoor tanning for children under the age of 18. This ban has been long overdue and Victoria’s push on this issue (although the Province of New Brunswick were the first in Canada to ban tanning beds for those under 18) shows sensibility and leadership.

Indoor tanning began in 1903 in Germany and was imported to North America in 1978.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has decried the use of indoor tanning salons for years, recently reporting that ultraviolet radiation from indoor tanning places it in the highest risk of cancer category and may result in melanoma, which is one of the deadliest skin cancers.

The WHO also confirms that indoor tanning is “carcinogenic to humans” and as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas.

With the research available it is startling that other Canadian Provinces have not joined in to ban this deadly cosmetic enhancement.

But other jurisdictions have taken steps to protect their children including the United Kingdom (but not Northern Ireland), all the Australian States, France, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, California, Texas and Wisconsin.

Brazil has now gutted its indoor tanning industry since it enacted a ban on tanning for all Brazilians.

Medical scientists also point out a phenomena called “tanorexia” which is an addiction to tanning. We only have to look at certain young American celebrities to recognize the ailment. Have you seen recent photos of Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton and the “Jersey Shore” reality stars? Often they are so bronzed they look orange!

It seems self-evident that indoor tanning is a dangerous procedure for anyone. Adults have the tools to make their own decisions, but our children deserve protection, just as they are banned from using alcohol and cigarettes.

Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang

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5 thoughts on “World-Wide Tanning Pandemic May Kill Our Children

  1. I agree Georgialee! Not unlike some medications and the over prescription of them, what concerns me is that some Physicians still prescribe Tanning Beds as a treatment for Acne, Eczema and other ailments. Insodoing, only further risking the patient for other more serious conditions and exacerbating preexisting ones.

    Knowing the skin is the largest organ of the human body and considered by some as part of our digestive system and most certainly our ingestive system, it’s important to know what we put on it, in it and learn how to protect it.

    The broad based use of Parabens, Sodium Laureth/Laurel Sulphate and other known skin irritants and cancer causing agents only add to the toxic soup some of us bathe in daily. It reminds me of Lily Tomlin’s 1981 film “The Incredible Shrinking Woman!”

    It’s ironic that the beauty industry in it’s efforts to combat cancer holds Fashion shows where the models are actually wearing make-up containing carcinogens to raise money for the cause.

    With Men’s Skin Care the fastest growing market in the industry, there’s no wonder Men comprise the largest segment of patients with Sun Damage and Skin Cancers.

    Today we have “Jersey Shore”‘s “The Sitation” and “GTL”(gym,TAN,laundry)” to usher in a new generation of young, unknowing victims.

  2. With all the proof out there that tanning causes cancer I can’t believe people still do it. Tanning really needs to be banned. People think they won’t get skin cancer until it happens to them. All the positive comments are from people in the tanning industry are grasping at straws to get out whatever they can of a continually dying industry. People are finally realizing how dangerous tanning really is and that fact that tanning is no longer in.

  3. I have a close family member that is dealing with skin cancer now. She was one of many who thought it would never happen to her. People tried to tell her that tanning in tanning beds was dangerous but she didn’t believe it. Well, she does now. Tanning should be banned. It is killing people!

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