MANY U.S. TANNING SALONS NOT WARNING TEENS ABOUT CANCER RISKS

(Health Day 5/10). According to an AAD poll of 3,800 white females, aged 14-22, reported 43 percent of the young tanners were never warned about the dangers of tanning beds by salon employees. Three out of ten stated there were no warning labels on the equipment. *** HMMM, I THOUGHT SUCH PLACES WOULD HAVE LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY AND INSPECTIONS TO ENSURE THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN?

ANOTHER STATE LOOKS AT THE STATISTICS AND JUMPS ON THE BANDWAGON

MAINE LAWMAKERS CONSIDER BANNING INDOOR TANNING FOR MINORS

Maine would become the third state to ban children under 18 from using tanning beds. California and Vermont have already passed this law. Current law in Maine allows minors to use tanning beds if they present a consent form signed by their parents. Groups supporting the new law include the Maine Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Cancer Society.

 

AS MUCH AS MOST TEXANS LIKE TO PROTECT THEIR FREEDOM TO CHOOSE THEIR DESTINY, WE MUST THINK ABOUT THE TWO SIDES OF THIS COIN. THE DAMAGE INFLICTED BY TANNING BEDS IS CUMULATIVE OVER THAT CHILD’S LIFETIME, AND MAY NOT SHOW UP FOR MANY YEARS. THE DAMAGE INFLICTED MAY BE DEADLY, AND THE PARENTS MAY NOT REALIZE THIS. JUST AS KIDS FAKE “SICK NOTES” IN ORDER TO SKIP SCHOOL, SO TOO THEY MAY EASILY PROVIDE CONSENT FOR TANNING WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS EVEN KNOWING. WE DO PROTECT CHILDREN AGAINST TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL, SO THIS TOO MAY ALSO BE ANOTHER THING TO LOOK AT.

*WEAR YOUR SHADES AND THAT TOPPER!

 

When sunlight is reflected off of water, sand, or snow, it can cause burns to the cornea of the eye. This is sometimes called “snow blindness.” In mild cases, it can heal in a couple of days; more severe cases can take longer. This problem can also occur in tanning booths as well.


WEARING PROPER UV BLOCKING SUNGLASSES and a wide brimmed hat can block out at least 99 percent of the harmful rays. Not only can this prevent “sun blindness” or photokeratitis but it will also reduce your risk for cataracts and skin cancer of the eyelid. SO, WHEN YOU ARE OUT AT THE LAKE, BEACH, OR SNOW SKIING, REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR SUNGLASSES AND A HAT. MAKE SURE YOUR FASHION SHADES HAVE UV PROTECTION. DON’T BUY SUNGLASSES, HOWEVER CUTE THEY MAY BE, IF THEY DON’T PROVIDE PROTECTION. THIS IS AN EASY WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF!