Tanning – General Information:
People visit tanning beds so that they can achieve a bronzed appearance without having to spend hours in the sun. Unfortunately, there are many risks associated with tanning beds. Many indoor tanning salons do not warn their clients about the negative health effects that stem from tanning. Tanning can cause premature wrinkles and age spots, burns from malfunctioning beds, eye damage, and many different types of skin cancer.
The indoor tanning industry falsely advertises how indoor tanning is a safer alternative to natural, outdoor tanning; in reality, both are dangerous. When using a tanning bed, the amount of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can vary depending on the type of light bulbs. During a tanning bed session, a person is exposed to high amounts of UV radiation in a short amount of time. Tanning bed operators entice customers by claiming that indoor tanning is a safe and effective way to get vitamin D. Although tanning does provide vitamin D, the safest way to acquire enough vitamin D is through what a person eats. The risks associated with tanning far outweigh the amount of vitamin D gained through tanning.
The FDA reports that almost 35% of 17-year-old girls use tanning beds. People who use tanning beds before the age of 30 increase their risk of getting skin cancer by an astonishing 75%. In fact, each year almost 5 million Americans are treated for skin cancer. People who frequently tan indoors are three times more likely to develop melanoma than non-indoor tanners.
Many states now realize the dangers associated with indoor tanning. Some states have banned indoor tanning for minors, or at least require parental consent. Additionally, there is now a federal 10% sales tax on tanning salons, which was introduced as part of the Affordable Care Act. These regulations and taxes were enacted in an effort to curb the use and dangerous effects of indoor tanning.
Indoor Tanning Dangers:
- Melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer)
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Ocular melanoma (cancer of the eye)
- Severe burns from direct contact with the light or from being in the tanning bed too long
- Trauma to a limb from the lid closing on it
If you or a loved one has developed cancer or been injured by indoor tanning, then you may be able to be compensated for your harm. Please contact our firm at 713-917-0024 so that our attorneys can assess your claim.
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