This blog post is closed for comments.

Oldest First
  • Casu-Al Feb 2, 2013

    1. Age restrictions have existed for years; from tobacco, alcohol and pornography sales, to driving privledges, voting rights and movie attendance. This will not be the end of the tanning industry at all…just a means to protect children.

    2. Melanoma rates are one of the few cancer rates that are increasing…particularly with young women. At the same time, use of tanning beds by young women is on the rise. Coincidence? Most likely not.

    3. Studies have only recently linked melanoma with tanning bed use. But other skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), along with skin aging and wrinkles, have been linked to tanning for years! Wrinkled and scarred…is that the look wished for by young tanners?

    4. Vitamin D is available in many foods and through suppliments. Besides, it takes less than 30 minutes of sunshine to absorb the day’s need for Vitamin D.

    5. Get your facts from any legitimate mmedical website and learn the facts.

  • carolctaylor Feb 1, 2013

    Read the "Melanoma Snapshot" at the National Institute of Cancer. In the very first paragraph we read, "Increases have been most
    rapid among white women aged 15 to 39 years, in whom
    incidence has increased by 3 percent annually since 1992," Also read, from the AMA this article "Melanoma rates keep rising, especially among young women" and I quote, "“We anticipated that we’d find rising rates, particularly among young women, but we were surprised to see such a dramatic increase in incidence,” he said. He added that the rising cancer rate, particularly for young women, probably is being driven by use of indoor tanning beds." It doesn't take much time to do a search for "melanoma on rise in young." Do some research. Talk to people in the know and who aren't selling tanning beds. The tanning lobby is powerful. Passing this won't be easy, but it can happen if people help.

  • bawolf887 Feb 1, 2013

    If a Democrat proposed this, conservatives would be screaming socialism charges. A Republican proposes this and it's just good sense. What a bunch of hypocrits, but at least it has the merit of being sensible.........for a change.

  • carolctaylor Feb 1, 2013

    This is about "children" not about adults. And who's to say what "moderation" is? Did you know using a tanning bed increases your risk for melanoma by up to 75%? If an adult wants to take that chance and understands what they may be getting themselves into, I don't get it, but "fine." But to give minors that "privilege" is irresponsible. There was a time we didn't buckle up in a car and seat belts weren't even put in cars. My how times have changed. It would be lovely if people acted responsibly with their lives, with other peoples lives and with their children's lives, but not all do. Even with laws on the books. A law won't deter every parent, but at least it will make most stop and think and be responsible when it comes to their children who want to tan.

  • RAA0013 Feb 1, 2013

    Why does every little bit of our lives have to be regulated by the government? I am so sick of it. Like everything else in life - a tanning bed used moderation is not a death sentence. When will people start taking responsibility for their excesses so the government will stop regulating those of us who already live in moderation?

  • carolctaylor Feb 1, 2013

    We agree! The problem is that parents, usually, don't understand what tanning can lead to themselves & let's face it, we live in a society where parents are all too eager to let their children do everything they want to do. If a teen wants to tan, they're apt to let them. There was a time when parents didn't have the info we do now, they thought is was OK, even tanned with their children. I have friends who have buried their children because they let them tan, not knowing. We know now, but we're having a hard time getting the word out. The Tanning Lobby is rich & powerful; they're selling a lie, that people are buying. The melanoma community is often seen as "the bad guys" & the "nay-sayers." As I say, "People don't get it until they get it." Since you're a melanoma survivor, I don't understand your reluctance to support this bill. Maybe I'm reading you wrong. I'm glad the gov't doesn't need to tell your children what to do, but it does need to tell many because their parents aren't.

  • autismawareness Feb 1, 2013

    how about PARENTS DO YOUR JOB!

  • autismawareness Feb 1, 2013

    Autismawareness, that's fine for you to say if you're an adult. Nobody has the right, though, to hand a 14 year old a loaded gun and say commit suicide. That's what our state is currently doing with tanning beds. Playing Russian Roulette with our children. And, sorry, but research melanoma before making that statement

    as a melanoma survivor, i have done a little research. and our gov't shouldn't need to tell my kids what to do. PARENTING!

  • littleriver69 Feb 1, 2013

    Why do you need a tanning bed to get a tan anyway? Summer will be here soon won't it?? What's the big deal?

  • marcuslock460 Feb 1, 2013

    This sounds well and good, but just like anything else, you have to try to think about unintended consequences. Ban or not, teens will continue to seek tans and they will seek out unmonitored home tanning units and unsafe habits in the natural sun. Research shows that the risk of using home tanning beds is far greater than using them in salons - presumedly because of exposure time and because salon workers are trained to not allow clients to overexpose. As much as doctors would like you to believe it, research has not shown a statistically significant correlation between tanning in salons and melanoma - only with home use and medical phototherapy. Melanoma is clearly a very sad thing, but when talking about legislation, emotion and anecdotal evidence must be put to the side. Unfortunately, a very small percentage of young people have always gotten melanoma, and continue to. But melanoma in young people is not on the rise according to National Cancer Institute data.

  • carolctaylor Feb 1, 2013

    Autismawareness, that's fine for you to say if you're an adult. Nobody has the right, though, to hand a 14 year old a loaded gun and say commit suicide. That's what our state is currently doing with tanning beds. Playing Russian Roulette with our children. And, sorry, but research melanoma before making that statement.

  • autismawareness Feb 1, 2013

    it is no fun when they start digging chunks of cancer out of you; but still it should be my choice to die via melanoma.

  • carolctaylor Feb 1, 2013

    Even with parental permission a 14 year old can't drive, buy alcohol, or cigarettes, or go to war. They may sneak & find a way around that, but we have laws & age limits for these things for a reason and "taking away parental controls" is not the reason. This isn't about parental rights, it's about the right to live. People, as a rule, who have never been affected by melanoma or seen it DO NOT understand what it is. It is on target for becoming the deadliest of ALL cancers in 9 years! By 2022...that's how fast it's rising! Thanks in large part to tanning beds! Melanoma is extremely aggressive once it hits the organs, there is no cure, and what treatment options we have are extremely expensive as well as damaging to the body themselves. It's not "just" skin cancer & shouldn't be referred to as such. Before spouting off about something you don't know about, research it. Melanoma Research Foundation, or Aim At Melanoma. Find me at Melanoma Prayer Center & I'll introduce you to my friends.

  • oleguy Feb 1, 2013

    I am one of those people, everone Hates when it comes to Tanning, Slight olive complextion,, and 2 nice days outside and I am brown from head to toe,, But these beds?? I see young people girls and boys use the beds all year, and look burnt, I see parents with the beds, and young children 6 or so Tan way to much, they look sick,, There is nothing wrong with a red head or strawberry blond and creamy white flesh,,

  • julie95860 Jan 31, 2013

    for all that think its rediculous to ban tanning beds for kids under 18 I have a suggestion for your kids obituary.. she was a wonderful girl and I loved her so. She died way too young but her tan for prom was awesome

  • mparker42 Jan 31, 2013

    This just seems that the government is once again taking the decision making away from the parents. If Fulghum would also have to admit that the "literature" shows that a majority North Americans have low Vitamin D levels; which can be dangerous. When tanning moderately it can be beneficial to the body because UV light produces Vitamin D and UV light is the only natural way to get Vitamin D. The increase in Vitamin D has been linked to cutting the risk of Melanoma, Diabetes, and many more diseases. Taking options away from people to combat Vitamin D deficiency isnt going to help.

  • RandolphBloke Jan 31, 2013

    I love the comments about "liberals" here. Have you even read the article or is your ignorance simply that important to maintain?

  • bake Jan 31, 2013

    Well, regardless of your political side, can we agree that it is funny that currently the link on the front page for this article about tanning beds is almost right below a picture of Speaker John Boehner?

  • Captain_Vlad Jan 31, 2013

    Almost 100% of polled physicians will tell you that tanning beds are good for two things... turning your skin into whip leather and putting you on food stamps when you can't afford your medical bills once diagnosed with Melanoma.

    Legislators have to enact ridiculous laws to protect us from ourselves. People are often to stupid to realize that there is decades of proven medical fact behind these warnings but they will sacrifice years off their lives to gaze into a mirror hoping to see hot & sexy staring back at them. I'm sorry but a tanned 300lb woman is still a 300lb woman... I'll pass.

  • carolctaylor Jan 31, 2013

    14 year olds don't believe the dangers, if they even know them. Their parents don't either. We're talking about kids, not 50 year olds who can do as they please. And no, no one advocates staying out of the sun, but be sun smart. One sunburn before age 18 is all it takes. I found that out when I was diagnosed with stage 3b melanoma in 2008. But this isn't about the sun. It's about not giving kids permission to die. Melanoma is particularly aggressive and nasty when brought on by tanning beds. Also, this isn't about "liberal/conservative" or "Democrat/Republican" it's about saving young lives. Period.

  • happymom Jan 31, 2013

    "Oh BTW, you can still buy cigarettes."

    Not if you are a minor.

  • smdrn Jan 31, 2013

    The problem is that the medical costs from people that have the freedom to harm themselves affect us all. That's why laws have to be created so it saves the taxpayers from themselves.

  • Honesty first Jan 31, 2013

    Hey 3779....what is a skin inpection. Does it hurt? Can it be cured? Is it inpatient or out patient?

  • Honesty first Jan 31, 2013

    Too much government says the Repuplicans. That is why we need to pass a law to prevent those under 18, even with parental consent, to be banned from the use of tanning beds. Who is the hypocrit now. Say one thing to get elected and then do another once in office. Come on man, get real. Dr Jim, you are acting crazy in your first month or week in office.

  • 3779LRRP Jan 31, 2013

    ssmithsand. I agree. Lets move on to more important venues. For the posters say ban the tan, read my first post. I have to go see the dermatologist every year for a skin inpection. I stay out of the sun. But if someone else wants to soak up the rays or get in a tanning bed, your choice. You know the risks. Life is full of risks.

  • snowl Jan 31, 2013

    Cigs smoke, drunk drivers, and guns kill innocent bystanders....tanning beds are self inflicted death sentences....it ends alright.

  • ssmithsand Jan 31, 2013

    Amen Remer!

  • remer54 Jan 31, 2013

    why dont people mind their own business instead of trying to tell other people wht to do.

  • ssmithsand Jan 31, 2013

    Yes they are dangerous but so are cigarettes, drunk drivers, guns, etc. As one poster said, you can buy your own tanning bed. I just think there are more important issues on the table right now than worrying about someone's tan. Are they going to forbid the sun to shine next? Where does it end?

  • Wacky_dood Jan 31, 2013

    "Oh BTW, you can still buy cigarettes. 3779LRRP"

    Don't underestimate them. The legislative session just started.

  • Wacky_dood Jan 31, 2013

    Interesting how this bill is coming from a House member from the Republican party....

  • carolctaylor Jan 31, 2013

    I have too many friends who have buried their teenagers and children who were in their 20s and 30s who died from melanoma attributed to tanning bed use. NO tan is worth dying for and people need to learn the facts and bot believe the tanning industry's lies. Our current law is WEAK. This bill is weak as well. We need to be following Australia's lead and ban them entirely. Love the skin you were born with and don't damage it or kill it. I moderate Melanoma Prayer Center on FB, I see the pain caused by these thins everyday. And I just see the tip of the iceberg. Support the bill, by all means!

  • 3779LRRP Jan 31, 2013

    Sounds like a bunch of typical liberal resposes so far. "If I don't agree with it, ban it for everyone." Oh BTW, you can still buy cigarettes.

  • snowl Jan 31, 2013

    The couple times that I tried those indoor tanning beds, I got an itchy rash on my chest from only 5 minutes or less exposure. I'm glad that happened because it stopped me from wasting my money trying to get a tan-- which seems so ridiculous to me know....Close them all down!

  • Casu-Al Jan 31, 2013

    I believe the tanning industry will provide a greater fight than what Rep Fulghum states, but this is a bill that NEEDS to be passed into law. Cigarette use is a perfect analogy of why this needs to become law rather than have simply parental consent. Too many young people have suffered or died from melanoma attributed to tanning beds. We must Ban the Tan!

  • tayled Jan 31, 2013

    The tanning bed industry is a purveyor of skin cancer. They should be banned for everyone, not just those over 18.

  • 3779LRRP Jan 31, 2013

    If the glow is so important then buy your own tanning bed. I don't really care what people do with their own skin. Me, I've had five surgical procedures because of skin cancer from too much sun.

Oldest First