|Commenter:||Make Tanning Inaccessible to Minors Meghan Cartwright|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of the Indoor Tanning Association; FTC File No. 082 3159|
Comments:Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the U.S. as well as the leading cause of cancer deaths in women ages 25-29. The World Health Organization has declared the UV light used in tanning beds to be just as carcinogenic as asbestos and cigarettes. Exposure to UV radiation, especially at a young age, is a well-known cause of melanoma. As a 20 year-old melanoma patient, I am painfully aware of the serious consequences of tanning. As a teen I used tanning beds, na´ve to the huge amount of harm of UV exposure causes one's skin, like many of my friends. If young women are hearing the facts, they aren't listening; the mantra "it won't happen to me" lives on-and because of this, young people are getting cancer (and dying). UV exposure should be handled the way handle cigarettes-- illegal to sell to minors. Instead, the federal health care bill has proposed a 10% tax on indoor tanning services. If the bill passes, tanning won't be made illegal for minors because the U.S. government is unlikely to halt a new revenue stream it has created. Let's get real-- a 10% tax won't stop minors from tanning. This tax is only going to benefit the government.