Big Brother Strikes Again; Tanorexics Take Pause
It looks like bikini waxes aren’t the only thing state governments are trying to regulate. The latest beauty news to hit the blogosphere is proposed restrictions on tanning for teens in both Texas and Florida. Being compared to Big Tobacco legislation that makes it illegal for people under the age of 18 to buy cigarettes, the proposed bill in the Lone Star State would require minors to get a doctor’s note before using a tanning bed and would also necessitate that a parent be with them during the treatment. Florida lawmakers are going as far as to propose a total ban on fake-baking for teens under the age of 16. Perhaps not shockingly, the Indoor Tanning Association has taken issue with the bills, arguing that they give consumers the false impression that artificial UV exposure is dangerous. But seeing as how 29 states already restrict minors’ access to tanning beds and the World Health Organization recommends that no one under the age of 18 be permitted to use them at all, perhaps the ITA needs to own up, just a bit. Do you think government involvement in risky beauty treatments is a well-founded precautionary measure, or do you see it more as Uncle Sam overstepping a boundary?