American teenagers who love to look like golden goddesses or gods are not going to love Idaho and 17 other state's following California's indoor tan ban.
Much like Cali, Idaho is in the process of restricting anybody under the age of 18 from using an indoor tanning bed because of the increased risk of melanoma.
We figured teenagers out here could just take advantage of the sun's natural UV rays to darken their skin, but most of the nation doesn't have access to this kind of weather, so if the legislation passes in other states, they'll have to try Snooki's sunless tanner, SunLove.
This is a huge hit to the tanning industry too because an estimated 70% of tanning salon patrons are Caucasian girls and women between the ages of 16 and 29. In fact, 2.3 million of the industry's active customer base is under the age of 18.
Obviously, the Indoor Tanning Association isn't happy about it and thinks parental waivers would be more appropriate, saying:
"It's a sign of government out of control. Parents can tell their children 'no.' We don't need suntan police."
At the same time, the Dermatology Association is in heavy favor of the ban because studies found people have a 75% increase in melanoma risk if they've utilized indoor tanning before the age of 35.
If those statistics are accurate, that's one hell of a risk to take for the sake of looking pretty!
Melanoma is a particularly large problem in Idaho too. The state had the MOST deaths resulting from the skin cancer out of any other state in the U.S. between 2001 and 2005. Even today, the state still hovers dangerously close to the top in that category, so we imagine they hope this tanning restriction will prevent more melanoma fatalities.
Since this is the case of more freedoms being stripped from young Americans, we understand this may be a hot debate, so please, weigh in on the issue below!
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