When one thinks of tanning beds, politics may not be the first thing that come to mind – but it is an issue that is becoming evermore political with each study on the harmful effects of indoor tanning, so much so that there is a new bill in the works in Congress (“The Tanning Bed Cancer Control Act”) that will put a limit on UV ray strength and the amount of time a person can spend in a tanning bed at a salon, as well as forcing tanning salons to clearly make the risks known to people that use the beds – a comparable Surgeon’s General Warning for tanners.

When it comes right down to it, the general pubic just doesn’t know the risks. According to a study by the World Health Organization, tanning beds are unarguably “carcinogenic to humans,” and they’ve moved them to their highest cancer risk category, alongside the likes of cigarettes, asbestos, and uranium. The study showed that if you use indoor tanning before the age of 30, your skin cancer risk rises by a blistering 75%.

Take a moment to read that last sentence again.

As the representative who introduced the bill said, “tanning beds are the cigarettes of our age.” She stressed that the risks must be clearly known by everyone, particularly young women, and that the beds themselves must be strictly regulated.

On a personal note, I don’t get the fascination that women have with tanning. I know women that get in the tanning bed every single day. It becomes a sickening obsession and frankly, the majority of the women I know end up looking far less attractive than they would if they just kept a healthy tan, or even their natural skin tone. People tan in a daily routine, like it is something that they have no choice but to do to be healthy – shower, eat, work out, tan, sleep. Going once or twice a week – sure, why not? Like I said, a healthy tan can be an enjoyable visual feast. But more than that, the studies clearly show that you’re digging your own grave (and not looking nearly as sexy as you think while doing so).

You know, these trends are strange. There was a time that fair skin was considered the ultimate sign of beauty. Look at the stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood (Grace Kelly, anyone?). Looking abnormally tan (and often like an orange-faced Oompa Loompa) does not make you attractive, ladies. Easily preventable cancer is also unattractive… and expensive. I’m just saying.

If you’re feeling ambitious, it wouldn’t hurt to write or shoot a quick e-mail to your Congressperson to tell them that you support this piece of legislation.

Source: The Huffington Post