Target: Texas Senators Joan Huffman and Slyvia R. Garcia
Goal: Commend these senators for overturning law allowing minors to go tanning
Using indoor tanning beds before the age of eighteen is proven to increase the risk of developing skin cancer by up to 85%. Currently, many states have a law allowing minors between the ages of 16 ½ to 18 to tan with their parent’s permission. However, Texas senators Joan Huffman and Sylvia R. Garcia are setting out to lower the risk of skin cancer by overturning that law.
In the United States, over 30% of twelfth grade girls have reported the usage of tanning beds sometime in the last year. Many girls are undereducated about the risks of indoor tanning, and do not realize the dangers to which they are subjecting their bodies. The consequences can be quite severe. While melanoma can be treated in its beginning stages, it is difficult to detect because it often develops without any sign of symptoms. With their increased risk because of their age, minors should not be allowed to put themselves in harm’s way.
By barring minors from using tanning beds even with parental consent, Senate Bill 329 will help to lower the risk of developing melanoma. Additionally, the bill written by senators Huffman and Garcia will also make it mandatory for tanning salons to keep records of their customers’ first three visits. Commend Senator Huffman and Senator Garcia are putting visible effort into providing for public safety.
Dear Senator Huffman and Senator Garcia,
Senate Bill 329 to overturn laws allowing minors to use tanning beds with parental consent is a great step toward lowering the risk of melanoma in your state. Because many young girls do not understand the consequences of indoor tanning, they are putting themselves at a higher risk for developing skin cancer for the sake of vanity.
By passing this bill, you have protected those girls who otherwise could have ended up developing cancer. These are measures that many members of the public will be thankful for when they are leading healthier lives in the future. We commend you for taking action on behalf of our nation’s teenage girls and passing this bill.
[Your Name Here]
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