Various medical studies have found that tanning, whether it be done under natural or artificial light, can greatly increase your risk of skin cancer. If anyone’s a prime example of that, it’d be Patricia Krentcil. Despite this blatant fact, a new survey from the American Academy of Dermatology has found that younger people, in particular, are still embracing tanning.
In a landmark new law, the state of California has prohibited all children under 14 from using tanning beds. State residents between the ages of 14 and 18 will only be allowed to tan under artificial light if they provide proof of parental consent.
“Indoor tanning is out,” says the Canadian Dermatology Association, who’ve placed tanning beds squarely in their crosshairs with a new web PSA that shows young women singing their skin with a clothes iron, toaster and waffle iron. Ouch. The CDA hopes these exaggerated examples of frying one’s skin hammers home the dangers of tanning. According to their website: