Kate Neale, whose idol like many young teens was Paris Hilton, said she began tanning regularly at indoor facilities when she was 16 and later worked in a tanning salon where she was top salesperson for more than a year.
“My parents were very against it but I started tanning anyway,” she said Thursday at Queen’s Park.
“At first weekly, until I stopped burning, and then three times a week. I ended up tanning up to 16 times a month for up to 12 to 15 minutes a session.”
Now Neale’s body is scarred from surgeries to remove skin cancer.
“I had truly believed what I had been taught by the industry that tanning prevented cancers, and that the industry had the documents and scientists and even some dermatologists to back up these claims,” Neale said.
“Instead, it seems I had a death wish.”
NDP MPP France Gelinas is introducing a private member’s bill that would ban people under the age of 18 from using tanning beds, mandate warning signs in tanning salons and guarantee salon workers are properly trained.
Gelinas said the industry is targeting teenagers through promotions such as prom tan packages.
Neale cited a recent Texas study that found being in a tanning bed lights up the same part of your brain as drugs and alcohol.
“And I really do believe it is very, very addicting,” Neale said. “It’s what they call ‘tanorexia.’ ” :from torontosun.com
Would you be on board for a teen ban on tanning? Or should they (and their parents) be allowed to make up their own minds…?