Aspestos, tobacco and tanning beds, they’re all on the World Health Organization’s list of substances that cause cancer. The Minnesota State House and Senate are getting ready to vote on whether to ban tanning in Minnesota for tanners under 18. Doctors have noticed a growing trend in our youth.
Essentia Health Pediatrics Dr. Dean Smith says, “Tanning in general, not just tanning beds, but tanning in general and skin cancer, which has skyrocketed in the last several decades, particularly in the young particularly in young females.”
Caribbean Beach Tanning Salon Managers Jackie Gruber says, “Our employees take a smart tan test to know how to teach other tanners how to tan, because there are so many different skin types out there. So a sunburn is a sunburn and we avoid burns at all costs”
The Minnesota State Congress is getting ready to vote on whether to ban theses beds for anyone under 18. But doctors and tanning owners differ on whether it should be law.
Dr. Smith says, “They’re widely used and despite the information we’ve had for decades on the risk it’s not changing their behavior so something else needs to be done. So yes I think it’s absolutely a good thing that they should be banned for kids under 18.”
Gruber says, “The 18 and under tan ban won’t effect our business that much because it is only 3%. It will effect the teens though, because they won’t be able to get their base tans before vacations they won’t be able to tan for vitamin D. They could be forced into using home units where they won’t be monitored in how long their tanning.”
Dr. Smith says, “There’s a certain subclass of young people that almost get addicted to it because of the affect it has on their mood. And they’ll tan well beyond what is considered socially acceptable as far as changing their look.
At Caribbean Beach Tanning they use technology you wouldn’t normally get outside to monitor their customers’ safety and to help prevent burning.
Gruber says, “Here we know exactly what you’re getting as far as rays and we set your time so it’s very controlled it’s monitored per person, so every tanner is different so we can make sure nobody over-exposes.”
Dr. Smith says, “There’s no place short of getting in a rocket ship and flying to Mercury, there’s no place on the planet where you can get that concentration of ultraviolet radiation over that short of a period of time.”