Indoor tanning rates declines nationally, remain low for Okemos students

By Samantha VanHoef
The Meridian Times

According to a national survey, the rates of teens who use indoor tanning have declined in the past five years. The study by the Journal of the American Medical Association compiled data from the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey— a survey that uses samples of teens from private and public high schools from around the country— found that rates for teenage girls dropped by 5 percent between 2009 and 2013, and the rates for boys dropped 2 percent in the same time frame. But for Okemos teens, if there was a decrease in indoor tanning, it was less apparent. “I haven’t noticed a drop in tanning bed use locally, but that’s probably because most people— at least at my school— try to keep their tanning subtle,” Okemos High School senior Darby Hopper said. “They know they’ll be mocked if they look orange.

Proposal would turn off tanning lights for teens

Capital News Service
LANSING – Scientists disagree whether the use of tanning beds causes cancer, but some legislators say there’s enough evidence to ban minors from indoor tanning facilities. The proposal to ban minors from using tanning facilities is sponsored by Rep. Jim Townsend, D-Royal Oak. He compares the bill to laws placing age restrictions on purchasing tobacco products or alcohol. But the industry counters that a ban would be both unwarranted and economically damaging. John Overstreet, executive director of the Indoor Tanning Association based in Washington D.C., said that reports have shown no strong link between tanning beds and melanoma, a form of skin cancer.

Tanning Bed Danger

Colder weather may put  thoughts of sunny skies in your head, which could lead to a trip to the tanning salon. But studies suggest there is a stronger link than ever before between tanning beds and the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Everyday, thousands of college students across the country visit indoor tanning salons. But they may be taking home more than tan. ” There is definitely correlation between exposure to tanning in tanning salons and development into melanoma”, Dr. Gordan Srkalovic said.