Tanning-salon use contributes to high rate of melanoma deaths

The New York Times reports that in Idaho, “lawmakers and public health experts…are confronting a problem that they say has developed in one of its newer panoramas: suburban strip malls dotted with salons like Beach Club, Jamaca Me Tan, Planet Beach and Tan du Soleil.”

“Along with an increase in white-collar workers seeking outdoor recreation on weekends, the use of tanning beds is viewed as a reason that Idaho consistently has one of the highest rates of melanoma deaths in the country.”

Now, however, some state legislators are trying to pass a measure that would ban “children 15 and younger” from using tanning salons.

Currently, the bill has been sent back to committee for further reworking.

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