California Considers Banning Teens From Tanning Beds

Teens who want that dark, leathery glow may soon have to get it the old-fashioned way--with a bottle of Crisco and aluminum foil. 

Twelve states have bills pending that would put age restrictions on commercial tanning salons, reports The Huffington Post. California is among them. Texas has already banned tanning beds for those under 16-and-a-half-years old.   

Despite studies linking tanning bed use to an increased risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, more than one million Americans frequent tanning salons each day. With beach season lurking ahead, it's prime time for the UVA hotbeds.   

The Indoor Tanning Association believes that parents should decide whether their teens will fake bake, releasing the statement, "If such a law were to pass, a 17-year-old could drive a car, get married, have children, go off to college, join the military and not be allowed to suntan indoors."

Do we really need the ban? Can't we just show kids photos of Jersey Shore cast? 

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