What About Vitamin D?
The artificial tanning industry has increased greatly since 1992 and is not about to lose their new customers without a fight. Despite the findings of numerous clinical studies that using tanning salons can lead to skin cancer, the Indoor Tanning Association argues that tanning equipment emits healthy UVB rays that stimulate the body to produce crucially needed Vitamin D.
There are much safer ways to get needed Vitamin D, especially when it is combined with foods or beverages containing calcium. Although sunlight also emits UVB rays, a person only needs a tiny amount of exposure to these rays in order to stimulate the body to make enough Vitamin D. Using a tanning bed for 20 minutes gives a person about six times more UVB rays than is necessary.
Laws Under Consideration
Since 2007, American states and cities have been debating whether to outlaw tanning beds or shut down tanning salons. Some proposed laws would keep tanning salons open – but not to anyone under 18. Several states such as California have managed to pass these laws and salons are helping to enforce the rules by insisting on seeing ID from any customer suspected of being underage. Many people argue that tanning is a choice and that people should be able to do what they want to their bodies, including increasing their risks for skin cancer. Some local areas have added taxes to tanning sessions to make them less attractive to young customers.
Some tanning salon owners are limiting how many times customers can use their equipment. Some will only allow customers once a week and some once a month. However, this does not stop tanning addicts from finding another salon or even driving out of state to get their deadly fix.
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