New Warnings For Topeka Tanning Beds

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- Summer months mean many Kansans, most of them young, go in search of that Summer glow!

And if that search leads to a Topeka tanning bed, there are new warning labels for those 18-years-old and younger.

On May 29th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reclassified tanning beds from a low risk device to a moderate risk device, which means every tanning bed now must have a label warning that says the tanning bed should not be used on someone under the age of 18.

University of Kansas student Cailey Taylor says the summer season brings on peer pressure to have tan skin.

"It was just tan girls everywhere and I was just kind of like sticking out like a sore thumb. And you see movie starts and models they are all tan, so I do think girls feel a pressure," said Cailey.

Cailey isn't alone. The American Cancer Society says women between the ages of 18 and 21 are the most common adult tanners, with 32 percent using tanning beds about 28 times per year.

"There's no such thing as a safe tanning bed," said Jennifer Taylor.

Taylor is from the American Cancer Society. She says if you use a tanning bed before age 35, you can increase your chances of developing cancer by 59 percent.

"Pale can be pretty too! We would rather our kids not have to go out and die for a tan. If you are not going to let your kids smoke, why would you let them tan? They are both likely to lead to cancer," says Taylor.

However, President of Topeka's Sun Resorts tanning salon, Christy Hogan, disagrees.

"I think that tanning is ultimately a way to make people feel good, look good. I think it's just like anything, if you have a glass of wine, is it going to kill you? No, but everything in moderation," says Christy.

Cailey says she will think twice before she sits in a tanning bed again.

"It still scares me. No one wants to get cancer," says Cailey.

A bill that would have banned anyone under 18 from using commercial tanning beds was passed by the Kansas House Health and Human Services Committee this year, but it never came to vote in the full House.

The American Cancer Society says it will push for the legislation again next year.