Report Shows It’s Easy To Tan Illegally In New York

The colors in this picture is oversaturated. But you get the point.
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In the latest news about tanning legislation (Congress slapped a tax on tanning beds nationwide earlier this summer as part of the new healthcare bill), the New York Post just did a sneaky undercover investigative piece showing that most┬átanning salons in New York City don’t obey laws requiring them to card their young customers. See, the rules are kinda simple …

What’s supposed to happen:
Teenagers under 14 are forbidden by law to tan indoors (yikes, that’s SO YOUNG!), while teenagers under 18 need written permission from parents. A permission slip?! That sounds like something that’s too easy to fake.

What actually happens:
They don’t check. Eek.

However, if you don’t live in New York, it’s harder to sneak into a tanning booth if you’re underage. According to an earlier nationwide report,┬ámost tanning establishments are pretty rigorous about making sure they don’t have illegal bronzing in their beds. Why is this so serious? Because research shows that burning at a young age drastically increases the risk of skin cancer later in life. Also, because orange isn’t a natural skin color.

+ Did you tan before you turned 18? Tell us why/when/how in the comments!