Tanning beds have been banned…

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: How do you feel about Australia banning tanning beds?
    I think it's great! : (151 votes)
    63 %
    Couldn't care less : (54 votes)
    23 %
    I think it's awful! : (34 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
    2973 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @IzzyBear:  The US needs to follow suit, asap. 

    Getting cancer for the sake of vanity is ridiculous. 

    Post # 4
    5207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    U.S. Bee here. I see no problem with responsible tanning. There are ways to do it safely, so I guess I’m against banning it. You can get cancer from second hand smoke, but there’s no such thing as second hand tanning. Shouldn’t cigarettes have been banned first? 

    Post # 5
    274 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I used to use tanning beds a lot because I was young and I didn’t know the potential consequences and now I feel incredibly naeve. I do think that they should be banned but I also know that it’s a large industry that makes a lot of maney and money tends to outweigh health in our economy…I think for us there needs to be an age restriction. Only adults at age 18 or 21 should be able to use tanning beds because children don’t understand the risks. 

    Post # 6
    10384 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think it’s a great thing to ban them! There actually isn’t such a thing as safe tanning. It’s a great thing for public health to not allow them.

    Post # 7
    562 posts
    Busy bee

    Eh. I’ve used a tanning bed before to get ready for my sisters wedding or my senior photos, but now that spray tanning has gotten so realistic I don’t see why tanning beds are such a must. It wouldn’t bother me if they were banned- and i think it would be an overall positive move for society- but I also don’t like feeling like our toes are being stepped on and our rights will be taken away. Will there be a day when gym time is mandatory and all junk food is banned? I do think there should be better age limits and restrictions on tanning beds- like only 18 and up, and only 2-3 times per week MAX. Cancer is nothing to mess with.

    Post # 8
    10454 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Depends.  People use them for reasons other than tanning.

    As long as there is reasonable access to the clinic lamps for all those medical problems, then I’m fine with it.  Sometimes, people can’t afford the fees, or there just aren’t enough unless you’re in a big city.

    Post # 9
    1779 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’ve never used one. I do think it should have an age limit attached to it (like buying cigarettes, drinking, driving… basically anything that involves personal risk). Will people get around it? Sure, but it will stop the majority.

    I don’t think banning them is appropriate since as an adult I should be able to choose what I do with my body. If they banned them I would just go lay outside more often. Currently, all I do is tan at the pool but for my wedding I think I will use a bed short-term for some color.

    Post # 10
    8679 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @AB Bride:  Considering the medicinal treatment you’re talking about is purely using UVB light, all you need is a lamp with a bulb that emits UVB. You don’t need a tanning bed to use the treatment you’re talking about. I just found an 18 inch UVB light on Amazon for 23 dollars. People can buy UVB treatment lamps online, so if someone needed one that badly, they could easily get one. Not to mention I’m sure that tanning fees cost way more than if you bought your own or visited a clinic. I doubt there’s a line for UVB lights at your local hospital.

    Post # 11
    6799 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

    @IzzyBear:  I haven’t stepped foot in a tanning bed since I started working with cells. I needed to use UV light in the same wavelength as a tanning bed to cause a chemical reaction that would crosslink some gels I was using. All of my cells started dying. I put them in monolayer and exposed them to direct UV for 5 minutes and about 80% of them died. Obviously they had no extracellular matrix (collagen/elastin/fibrin/etc) to protect them and they were DIRECTLY exposed to the light, but after that I was sold and stopped tanning altogether.

    Post # 12
    1844 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @IzzyBear:  you know, there is a huge campaign to warn people of the dangers of cigarette smoking in many countries, including TV advertising campaigns featuring cancer patients and pictures of diseased lungs on cigarette boxes. I would love it if they put a picture of people suffering from skin cancer outside every tanning salon and started campaigns to warn young people of the dangers of tanning. To me as a young girl, seeing the awful leathery appearance of the skin of my first boyfriend’s stepmother after decades of tanning was a lifetime deterrent. I will stay a ghostly pale Eastern European forever.


    Post # 14
    5222 posts
    Bee Keeper

    It is a slippery slope. First it is tanning beds, then what else? Cigarettes? Diet Coke? Wendy’s? Sorry, but this just is too invasive for my liking. As long as tanning beds and cigarette companies and fast food restaurants warn me of the risks, then I want to be able to live my life as least interfered by the government and it’s regulations as possible.

    Post # 15
    2565 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I used to tan at the beach in high school, I am now very happy to be my natural born skin colour and free of tan lines.  Never used a tanning bed.  I actually hide from the sun to avoid tanning.

    I don’t get the tan obsession, or that a “healthy glow” can only be obtained with a tan.  I do think tanning beds should go away.  And yes, I think cigarettes should go away as well, but the governments make too much damn money off them so they will never ban them.  Maybe they should just start putting posters of cancer on the tanning beds like they do with cigarettes?

    Post # 16
    6407 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Geez, I can’t imagine why any Aussie would need a tannning bed, lol.

    I think they should just be banned, period. If there is any medical use for them, they can be used for people with that condition in a medical clinic. Average people wanting to flirt with cancer so they can be orange, yeah, we should not be loading the gun for them when we know very well what the risks are.

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