Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of the Indoor Tanning Association, FTC File No. 082 3159
I started using tanning beds at age 14. This was 1984. There were no warnings about Melanoma. I did not know how greatly using tanning beds would increase the chance of me developing Melanoma. I was diagnosed at only age 33. Many young teens, children, and women in their 20's are not thinking about how this might affect their lives later. It is only when you look into your children's eyes, knowing you have a Melanoma diagnosis, which could have been prevented by not using tanning beds, do you realize the danger. Tanning beds need to be banned from those under 18, just like cigarettes are banned. Children under 18 do not realize the life long implications of using somehting like a tanning bed. A parental waiver is not enough, as many parents do not do a good job in protecting their children.