Teen "Tan Ban" Could Make It Illegal for 18 and Under to Use Tanning Beds
Alabama dermatologists say one person in the U.S. dies about every hour from skin cancer connected to tanning beds.
After passing a house committee this morning, a new bill makes Alabama one step closer to stopping children from using tanning beds.
"Parents need to be aware of what they're doing and the industry has always supported that," Levy said after speaking in front of the house committee Wednesday morning.
While the American Suntanning Association wants to work with healthcare professionals to find middle ground on the bill, they say the current legislation misrepresents tanning salons' relationship with Ultra Violet (UV) light.
"To say that sunlight is harmful for you and you should therefore avoid sunlight is like saying water causes drowning and therefore humans shouldn't drink wate," Levy said.
"it's not worth it in the long run, if I had known that I would have been diagnosed with malignant melanoma, than I would have not gotten in the tanning bed," Griffitt said. "I highly discourage it, so if you feel like you need to be tan, please get a spray tan as an alternative," she begged young girls or anyone feeling the pressure to be "tan".
The "Tan Ban" bill still has a ways to go before becoming a law. It passed the House Health Subcommittee Wednesday, and will now move to the full House Health committee before being voted on by the House.