Urge Senate to Finalize Ban on Indoor Tanning for Minors

Target: United States Senate

Goal: Ban tanning bed use for individuals under 18 to prevent skin cancer

Every year, around 1 million people in America are diagnosed with cancers that are caused by overexposure to the sun and tanning devices. In addition to this, recent studies show that people who use tanning beds before the age of 35 have a 75% greater chance of contracting skin cancer. Despite this information, teens across the United States use tanning beds at alarming rates. A measure to ban underage tanning has passed the House on a bipartisan vote, 94-22. It now goes to the Senate; urge Senate members to pass this life-saving bill.

Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is a proven human carcinogen. In fact, The World Health Organization has classified tanning beds as a Level 1 carcinogen, placing use of the devices on the same level as use of cigarettes and exposure to plutonium. UV tanning beds can be 15 times stronger than natural sunlight, and the earlier individuals are exposed to these dangerous machines, the higher the cumulative risk. Based on this and other information, the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Medical Association all vehemently recommend legislation that would ban minors under age 18 from indoor tanning.

Evidence shows that tanning beds are extremely dangerous – particularly for younger individuals. If tanning beds are considered to be on the same level as cigarettes, it only makes sense to place the same restrictions on them. Dangerous practices such as indoor tanning and smoking cigarettes should only be legally accessible to those that United States consider adults. Implore the Senate to take an extra measure to save the lives of teens. Ask them to pass the underage tanning bill.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senate members,

A bill banning minors’ use of tanning beds could potentially save many citizens. Currently, around 1 million Americans are diagnosed with non-melanoma cancer every year. This type of cancer is caused by exposure to the sun and tanning devices. When teens tan at an earlier age, they are greatly increasing the chances that they contract skin cancer. In fact, individuals who first use a tanning bed before they are 35 years old are 75% more likely to contract skin cancer.

Reputable groups such as the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Medical Association all vehemently recommend legislative measures that would ban minors from using tanning beds. The House has already passed this important bill, it is now up to you. Please protect minors from future suffering.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. J Davidson says:

    Hard to understand why anyone would want to go into harm’s way and invite inevitable skin cancer.

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