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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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AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
We have enough laws, thank you very much. Educate yourself!
cg130 cg130 8 years
This law is a bit silly...they should spend their time educating people about the dangers of tanning beds instead. If people want tans, they will just wait until they are 18, but if you teach that they are dangerous, then perhaps they will know better than to fry themselves into old leather boots.
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
I wonder how many people would be prohibited from tanning if it passed in the USA? 3/4 of the girls at my old high school tanned with tanning beds and I couldn't help but think of the damage to their skin. I live in the Midwest and while I think perma-tan is tacky, it seems to be the thing here. I don't think they realize that one half-hour session at a tanning booth is like a week of basking in the sun without sunscreen! It's havoc for your skin! While I think education about tanning salons would be better, maybe this isn't such a bad idea.
ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 8 years
I think this is a fair rule. Other dangerous activities have a legal age; why should tanning be different?
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
News flash - the sun is free! AZ, CA and FL have more tanning salons than any other states where they have less daily sunshine, I think that's just crazy.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 8 years
Even though I've never been tanning, and don't intend to- the rule seems a bit harsh. I think a more reasonable age should be 14 or 16? Just to ensure children aren't tanning... Just seems like the government is controlling our lives too much as is, and it's the parents' job to step in, really.
Cris1192 Cris1192 8 years
This law makes sense to me but the kind of power the german gouverment has scares me a little
michaeluvnikita michaeluvnikita 8 years
first of all, when they are 18 they will go tanning so you can't stop them. Second if people want to kill themselves let them. If they know the risk and take them, then i say it's great for population control
risqueredhead risqueredhead 8 years
I had more to that... I remember before prom in high school, all of my girlfriends had tanning packages at both salons in town, so they could go in the tanning beds twice a day to be super-tan for prom. There's a picture of me and my classmates, and I stand out, of course. My classmates all looked like overcooked hot dogs. Tanning beds are just as dangerous as tanning in the sun, if not moreso. I can't believe people are so deluded to believe that tanning beds are safe.
risqueredhead risqueredhead 8 years
I love my pale skin <3 Tanning is dangerous. I remember before prom in high school, all my friends had tanning packages at both tanning salons so they could go twice a day. There is a picture of me and my classmates, and my boyfriend said they all looked like overcooked hot dogs... I love all skin colors, too bad people aren't more comfortable with their natural skin colors. Tanning beds are HORRIBLE. People try to say it's safe, when it is clearly not the case.
Florida-Snow Florida-Snow 8 years
Good for them! Why can't we be accepting of our skin color? I have, I am proud to be Irish and permanently pale!
beckkii beckkii 8 years
I didn't know that a lot of teens tanned. Well atleast not using tanning beds but just using fake tan or spray or whatever.
SalescoopSarah SalescoopSarah 8 years
Wait, I thought it was cool to be pale again after Twilight? But all joking aside, I can't believe kids as young as 10 are tanning. It is such a ridiculous trend that is so hazardous to health. I'm not a fan of government having a say on beauty treatments, but in this case I think an intervention was definitely needed. I just hope illegal activities would not come out of this.
Librachick93093 Librachick93093 8 years
I feel like this is a great idea. If those under 18 can't smoke for fear of giving them cancer so early on in life, tanning should be treated similarly. That said, I hate the practice of tanning overall (me being the color of white-out practically), so I'm fairly biased on this.
tinyflame tinyflame 8 years
I agree with runningesq - I don't believe that the government has the right to ban's a parent's responsibility. That said...pale is beautiful. The tanning obsession has to stop!! Maybe Twilight will help the fair skinned to see themselves as beautiful, too.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
I am not a fan of the government regulating our lives, but when it comes to children the state has often enacted laws prohibiting them from doing things that we deem "dangerous" - smoking, drinking, and driving all have a legal age.
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