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Should Tanning Beds Be Banned?

It's an interesting debate. One side believes that a little tan never did any harm and can even protect skin from bad burns in the future. The other side believes that tanning no matter how big or small is unhealthy and dangerous. I am sure you can guess which side I fall into and with all this talk about indoor tanning being out, I am curious about you guys. Do you think tanning beds should be banned in the USA?


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Natasha15152937 Natasha15152937 3 years
I do not think this should be illegal, In fact I think they make the most ridiculous things illegal but allow some of the most skewed immoral things to continue.
kkbutler kkbutler 9 years
I don't go to tanning beds myself but I don't think the govermnet should be regulating it. There are plenty of unsafe products and activities out there that haven't been banned. I do, however, think there is merit in a warning posted in tanning beds and at tanning salons-- just in case people don't know that subjecting yourself to UV rays is harmful.
jkatie jkatie 9 years
if any kind of tanning is unsafe are the police going to patrol the beaches and arrest people for being tan?....
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Cigarettes have warnings on them and almost everyone knows smoking is bad for you, but tanning is not the same. So many salons make it seem glamourous and necessary for good looks and they don't post warnings on their advertisements. I have a real problem with tanning salons that say you should get a base tan for your tropical vacation or whatever. It's BS...wear sunscreen and use a spray on.
lindholmka lindholmka 9 years
This is America! Going tanning isn't hurting anyone but myself...
missyd missyd 9 years
shouldnt it be a personal choice? You're not putting anyone at risk but yourself. I dont see them banning cigarettes or alcohol anytime soon.......
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 9 years
Yes, you have to be 18 to use beds, or get your parents to sign forms. And I agree with everyone above me who says it's a free country. There are worse things than tanning beds, honestly. Plus, there's a difference between tanning once in a while and going every other day and turning your skin into leather. Just like, there is a difference between having a few cocktails or glasses of wine a week, and binge drinking. Everything in moderation. Not to mention, UV rays are (in small doses) good for you. They provide you with vitamin D, and have mood-boosting abilities. Next thing you know, they'll be banning the SUN!! This is so ridiculous!!!
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
no! people who choose to use these cancer beds will pay with their lives, its their choice! We need to start being responsible for our actions, we need to start having self discipline and not leaning to corps to make descisions for us. Just like smoking! If you dont know by now that smoking will kill you then theres something wrong, most of those who smoke knows its bad but they still do it. Their choice! We cant blame the cigs corps for that!
okmaebe okmaebe 9 years
Individual choice. I am anti-tanning bed. But it's not my place to choose for someone else. I do think they should come with big fat warnings plastered on the bed's exterior, and that users should be shown pictures of skin cancer. But hey, not my body.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
Tanning beds should be banned...but leave that nekkid boy with me =P
kia kia 9 years
I think tanning beds should be banned but people will find some other way to hurt themselves. In my area I caught a TV commericial pushing tanning because the beds supposedly boost your immune system... what?!? I was shocked by how much folks are cool with deceiving themselves with these things.
emalove emalove 9 years
I equate it with smoking...we all know it's bad, and if you decide to do it, then it's at your own risk. I don't think anything like this should be mandated by the government.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
Please, government, take away my free will. I think it's a slippery slope. There are a lot of things that are unhealthy, but as people we get to make our own choices.
only-so-cute only-so-cute 9 years
why do we need tanning beds when we have a perfectly good sun?
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
The tanning salon I worked at years ago had a rule you had to be 18! I used to tan a bit...not all the time, but we had some people come in every day. That is a bit much. I don't think they are healthy at all but what can you do?? Stricter regulations may help.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
It may be different in different states, mondaymoos, but I don't think there's any kind of age minimum for tanning out here--at least none that's enforced. I worked at that tanning salon for nearly a year and never heard anything like that, nor did we card anyone for tanning.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
I'm almost positive you do have to be 18 to tan indoors, loveyoumeanit. When I was in school, I used to tan for prom, etc. and I had to get my mom to sign a waiver for me. I don't have the time, money or desire to go anymore... but it's still my right to if I want to. Just another case of lawmakers telling me what's best for me while they go booze it up in their studies at night.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I think if someone wants cancer and to age their skin-go for it. I on the other hand will pass.
ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 9 years
If you have to be 18 to buy cigarettes, I think you should have to be 18 to tan indoors.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
Bottom line here is if you ban tanning beds you should also ban cigarettes! They both cause cancer right? The people using them are adults and know what it can do to them. I dont think it should be banned. ...and NO i dont ever use tanning beds and i dont smoke either. Im as pale as they come. :D This is just silly.
jspeed jspeed 9 years
i know they're unhealthy, but if you ban them, more people will go out int eh sun to tan and that's probably worse in the long run
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