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  • evelyn
    May 16, 2012 - 01:26

    44 years old - I don't know I single person that has died from skin cancer.....I do know hundreds that have died from all other types of cancer.....Lack of vitamin D has been linked to other types of cancer including skin cancer. I will take my chances and tan smartly (no burning, moderation etc...) and increase my chance of NOT getting all the other cancers and risk the chance of skin cancer

  • brent
    May 16, 2012 - 01:22

    Here we go again.....The sun is classified as a carcinogen type 1. This means it can kill you by causing cancer....therefore so does a tanning bed. Lets see Sun - we have life No Sun - we all die and so does the earth Lets all avoid the sun.......just like our ancestors for the past 10,000 years and see what happens....hummm all cancer rates are significantly on the rise in the past 50 years....what is causing that.....people hiding from the sun...lack of vitamin D....do the research and you will be surprised what you will find

  • Umpah Lumpah
    April 09, 2012 - 12:41

    @CAROLE: Many in the Middle East associate dark skinned people with those who are forced to work outdoors (construction workers, street vendors, etc). These people are often considered lower class than those who have the 'luxury' of working inside in an air-conditioned office. So over there it's more of a class thing than a health thing.

    • Carole
      April 09, 2012 - 13:13

      I don't disagree with you "Umpah Lumpah." I still feel it's sad that people can't be happy with whatever skin colour they were naturally born with.

    • Carole
      April 09, 2012 - 13:42

      I never said that dark skinned people using skin lightening creams was a "health thing," (although as it turns out, it is indeed just that, as the creams can be toxic).

  • twocents
    April 09, 2012 - 11:48

    Who is Lawlor trying to kid saying teenagers only make up 3% of the business? That's a load on bunk. Tanning especially for girls who are graduating is the thing to do. It's right up there with getting your hair, make up and nails done. Someone should do an expose to see if they will refuse the teens business when they don't have a parent with them. I sincerely doubt that happens.

    • newfie lady
      April 09, 2012 - 13:07

      Exactly what I was thinking, TwoCents. I've been tanning maybe 15 times and each time I am walking into a salon with about 10 teens waiting to get a bed... teens no more than 16 years old.

  • Carole
    April 09, 2012 - 10:40

    It's interesting to me that many dark skinned women of the world harbour a deep desire to have lighter skin. I used to live in the Middle East where, generally speaking, the population have dark skin (as compared to Caucasian). Every cosmetics counter in the city where I lived sold skin lightening creams. At that time, I new one woman in particular who had extremely dark skin. One day I noted her to be staring sadly down at her hands and rubbing them. When I asked her why she looked so sad, she said, "I wish my skin was lighter." It was such as shame to hear her say that, because she was an extraordinarly beautiful looking young woman - gorgeous figure, facial features, hair and smile. Too bad we couldn't all see the beauty in what we naturally possess - whether it be light skin or dark skin.

  • Who wants to be orange anyway?
    April 09, 2012 - 10:02

    I think tanning beds are horrible. You see these people going around that obviously use them all the time and their skin is an awful orangey colour, not to mention the lovely crocodile skin look that accompanies it. I personally don't see the attraction of it all. As a 30 year old woman, I take great care of my skin. I don't go outside in the summer without sun block on (I use spf 45 on my body, and 70 on my face). Even using sun block all summer, I still manage to get colour which is not a goal for me. But just imagine how damaging the sun is to still be able to do this even with the sunscreen I use. Then think about people lying in a tanning bed, getting extreme doses in small time frames while wearing acceleration creams to speed up the process! These people will regret it when they're 40 and look like they're 65, or when they're sitting in a cancer clinic getting a whole new form of radiation. I'm all for the ban or at least making it a legal age decision. Sun and tanning bed do serious damage. Burning, blistering, peeling, age spots, cancer, the list goes on. Is a "bit of colour" for a grad picture really worth that? I doubt it.

  • Dear Sixteen Year Old Me
    April 09, 2012 - 09:59

    If tanning bed salon owners were better educated on the effects of tanning beds and tanning (naturally) in general, we probably wouldn't have to ban the beds as the owners would stop providing the service if they had a conscience. Or if the general public became better educated on this matter, the tanning salons would survive. Youtube the video: Dear 16 Year Old Me.

  • David
    April 09, 2012 - 09:45

    Bravo. Someone gets it! But tanning beds aren't the new tobacco, simply vecasue you're not going to use them for life, just while you're young and immortal. Artificial tanning is more like a "Jackass" stunt peformed without the cameras rolling. And, like all voluntary life-endangering behaviors, should make the perpetrators ineligible for free health care treatment. Adding these kinds of totally selfish, idiotic, entirely preventable costs to an already bankrupt system is purely anti-social behavior...so society shouldn't pick up the tab. For those who find themselves broke and needing financial help to pay, find the person who rented you the tanning bed. (BTW, the guy who sold you any cigarettes gets a pass, becasue governments have been that poison's silent partner in taking a cut of the action all along...but who'd expect anything less from that bunch of money-addicted hypocrites?)

  • Wanda
    April 09, 2012 - 09:42

    Susan, are you serious? Get a grip on reality. I watched my aunt become deformed because she lost her nose to surgery due to skin cancer, as well as suffer other consequences because of it.

  • Mount Pearl Guy
    April 09, 2012 - 09:31

    Sure let them than, then when they are 40 they'll look like they are 60 years old

  • Margaret
    April 09, 2012 - 09:30

    The irony of it all.....we are killing people because their skin is brown or black, then there's the horrors of racism, etc., and here we are (white people) killing ourselves to get "brown" !!!! Common sense would tell anyone that tanning beds are doing harm, and in years to come they will realize that when it is too late with the words that they have skin cancer.

  • Randy
    April 09, 2012 - 09:25

    For Robb - guess you didn't read the whole article "They think you go to get a base tan before you go south, that will help your skin protect yourself. That's false. It does not protect itself. They promote that it gives you high Vitamin D levels. That's false. They're actually very inefficient at giving you Vitamin D, and you get massive doses. It's like five times as much radiation as you get from noonday sun. They're very dangerous."

  • susan k
    April 09, 2012 - 08:40

    I agree with lawlor we should be able to tan if we want,smoke if we want or drink if we want its not fair to say we shouldnt be aloud everything we do is not good for us the food we eat even has chemicals if we listened to everything we wouldnt be able to move it should be our choice something is eventually going to kill us anyway weather it be the food we eat drinking smoking tanning or getting hit by a car

    • Seriously??
      April 09, 2012 - 10:11

      You're agreeing with the person that is making money off you? See the problem here? They're hardly going to be all for the ban. But for now it's your choice, the point is to take the choice from people that aren't smart enough to make the right one and who will later cost the smart ones thousands when they go get their cancer treatments. Maybe you've been one of the lucky ones who hasn't witnessed someone go through cancer. I'm sure if you had you wouldn't voluntarily be putting yourself at risk. Smarten up.

  • Robb
    April 09, 2012 - 08:26

    I have to say I use them to tan up before going south.......off to Cuba soon, so I have been tanning for the last two months......maybe a little too much, but I can assure you, I will not make the same mistake that I made there 4 years ago......went to Punta Cana without tanning first, and got a hell of a burn......thought I could take it, but Punta Cana sun is stronger than Florida.............................now it is tan a bit before I go, and use plenty of sun screen.....

  • Ford Elms
    April 09, 2012 - 08:20

    If we started saying to people with a tan: "Oh, my, you've got some lot of damage done to your skin!" instead of complimenting them, there wouldn't be as much use of tanning bads. Make it unpopular to have a tan, a sign of skin damage, potential cancer later in life, and perhaps throw in a bit of comment on some people's insecurity. It worked with smoking.

  • Steve
    April 09, 2012 - 07:23

    From a NY Times article from August 11, 2011: "People who frequently use tanning beds experience changes in brain activity during their tanning sessions that mimic the patterns of drug addiction, new research shows. Scientists have suspected for some time that frequent exposure to ultraviolet radiation has the potential to become addictive, but the new research is the first to actually peer inside the brains of people as they lay in tanning beds." http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/12/how-tanning-changes-the-brain/?scp=1&sq=tanning&st=cse

    • flexxa
      April 09, 2012 - 07:41

      "Fake-n-Bake!" :(

    • Joe Schuster
      April 09, 2012 - 09:10

      So, therefore, runners suffer from same as drug addiction? Well, peer inside of this: Endorphins are the brain’s naturally occurring opiates and are related to decreased pain perception and an increased sense of well-being. It's this flood of endorphins that results in mood changes, such as euphoria and the famed "runner's high." http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/anatomyandphysiology/qt/Runners-High.htm

    • Steve
      April 09, 2012 - 13:12

      Joe Schuster: It's probably the same thing as the "runner's high" yes, but running is good for you, tanning is bad for you.