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Editorial: Ban the tan for teens

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The scientific evidence is clear: Ultraviolet radiation — the kind emitted by the sun, and by tanning lamps — can cause skin cancer. The anecdotal evidence is clear, too: Indoor tanning is popular among teen-aged girls, which helps explain why melanoma is the leading cause of death among 25- to 29-year-old American women. Put the two together and it’s all the reason anyone needs to support a proposal currently before the New York Legislature to ...


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mstella
May 6, 2011
12:05 p.m.

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We don't need another nanny-state law, thank you. Government has no business regulating such activities. Where is that power in the constitution?!

biwemple
May 6, 2011
4:49 p.m.

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These kinds of laws exist primarily because those who engage in activities that can be detrimental to their health may require services that are provided by taxpayer (public) money or increased costs passed on from private insurers to the public. Who's going to pay for the cancer treatments for a teenager who gets melanoma in their 20's from over exposure when it could have been avoided earlier? Who's going to pay for long-term care for the biker who refuses to wear a helmet and suffers a traumatic brain injury? There's direct linkage to the general public in many of these issues and it's in the general interest of government to try and prevent these issues under protection of the general welfare of its citizens.

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