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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Tanning Beds Cause Cancer -- Ohio Lawmakers Join Other States in Passing Legislation That Will Regulate the Use of Tanning Beds By Minors

A report released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2009 came right to the point about the link between tanning beds and skin cancer. The report stated clearly that "tanning devices are a Class I cause of cancer in humans." Yet, the Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that about 2.3 million teens visit tanning facilities, in spite of the risk involved.

Why states are passing laws to protect minors

Teens often lack the maturity to refrain from dangerous activity or make good choices that will protect their health. And parents may not always be aware of their teen's activity. So, states have stepped up to the plate to provide laws that will help protect teens when it comes to tanning devices that have been proven to cause cancer.

Ohio joins 38 other states

Ohio recently passed a bill that will regulate the use of tanning beds by minors. Under the Ohio law, teens up to age 16 will be required to have their parents' written permission and require a parent to be present when their teen uses tanning devices. Parents of teens age 16 and 17 will be required to sign a consent form in person at the tanning facility. The consent forms will include a warning regarding the dangers of skin cancer by using tanning devices.

Ohio joins about 38 other states, all of whom have some type of regulation for the use of tanning facilities by minors. In addition, there are other states, including California, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Vermont who ban the use of tanning beds totally for all minors under 18.

More regulation is encouraged

This may seem like a good remedy, but the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is a subsidiary of the World Health Organization, feels that more needs to be done. Young skin is particularly susceptible to skin cancer, and many parents will sign consent forms and allow their minor children to use potentially dangerous tanning beds. The IARC thinks that the use of tanning facilities by minors needs to be prohibited in all states. Their position in the matter has been clearly stated, "Policymakers should consider enacting measures, such as prohibiting minors and discouraging young adults from using indoor tanning facilities, to protect the general population from possible additional risk for melanoma."

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