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Germany Makes Under-18 Tanning Illegal

In a world where little girls get $50 haircuts and teenagers get Botoxed, it looks like the Germans are taking a stance against underage beauty practices. Last Friday, the country's lower house of parliament passed a law that will prohibit those under the age of 18 from using tanning beds in an effort to help put a halt to skin cancer.

According to the ADP dermatological association, four million Germans under age 18 go tanning one or more times in a month — some of whom are as young as 10. No doubt, these are disturbing statistics. "If people under 35 regularly use solariums, the risk of getting at some point in life malignant melanoma, the third deadliest cancer that there is, rises by 75 percent," ADP Professor Eckhard Breitbart told AFP. What do you think of Germany's preventative measures? Should the US be the next to follow suit?

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