CA state bans tans

By Linda Tran |Staff Writer|

The tanning bed industry is being hit by a new bill released from the State Senate to ban people under the age of 18 from using tanning beds to reduce a higher risk of cancer.

State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) said that too much exposure to ultraviolet rays, particularly at a young age will be worse later on in life.

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common cancer, covering nearly half of all cancers in the United States.

California will be the first state in the nation to ban  people under the age of 18 of the use of tanning beds or other ultraviolet appliances.

Many students on campus believe tanning depends on how their skin reacts to the exposure to ultraviolet rays;  whether they prefer bed tanning, outdoor tanning or spray tanning.

Kandice Casillas, a student who enjoys tanning, said she sees why teenagers would be disappointed that the eligible age has gone up to 18.

“It is a popular thing and younger people go after it,” said Casillas.

The alternative ways of getting tan does provide convenience.

Danielle Young, a customer from a local tanning salon enjoys bed tanning and likes how the device allows her to avoid some effects from outdoor tanning, such as burning and sweating.

Young also believes that the bed tanning business will eventually go down along with the economy and said the business does target younger people, especially by television media influence.

“I could see that it could be a trend, like a mother-daughter thing too,” said Young.

Before the law was passed, parent’s permission was needed for teenagers to use ultraviolet appliances and facilities, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Bed tanning seems to be falling under the sphere where buying cigarettes can only be bought by the age of 18, along with tattoos, certain body piercings and buying alcohol at the age of 21.

“People want what they don’t have,” said student Joan Giron.

Giron said she believes that people should accept the color tone that they naturally have instead of transforming into a different color tone just because the the media influences people to.

Giron also said that these restrictions influence the younger crowd even more to want what they can’t have.

These restrictions can cause a lot of damage, especially if they are used excessively and unprofessionally.

According to the Los Angeles Times, around 1 million people are bed tanning consumers and people aged 35 and over heighten their risk of melanoma, the most common kind of skin cancer.

Recently, California Gov. Jerry Brown had a cancerous growth removed on his nose, according to CNN.

The test showed the cancer he had was called basal cell carcinoma, a cancer that can be developed when there is too much exposure to the sun in regions such as the neck and face.

Millions of people are diagnosed with skin cancer yearly, and with the temperature quickly rising in California, skin should be protected whether consumers are tanning outdoors or indoors.