In a fitting celebration for Valentine’s Day, the NJ State Assembly will hold the final vote on Bill A2142, a complete ban on the use of salon tanning beds by any teen, under 17 years old. What a fabulous way to honor and protect young men and women, by helping to guarantee a future without skin cancer.
Already passed by the NJ Senate, if passed by the Assembly the ban will go to the Governor. Tanning beds are classified as a Level 1 carcinogen, in the same class as tobacco, asbestos and benzene. Highly lethal melanoma is the most common cancer in men and women in their 20s and is greatly increased by the use of tanning salons, with up to 76 percent of melanomas connected to the use of a tanning device. Rates of melanoma have been rising and international experts attribute the increase to tanning beds.
The legislation will continue to allow the use of spray tanning. The growing use of spray-on tanning services offers an alternative for tanning facilities to sustain their businesses. Spray tanning has been in use since the 1950s and has not been found to have negative health affects.
As published in Sunrise Rounds.
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