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Skin Cancer

It's about time Maryland banned teen tanning beds

It's about time Maryland banned teen tanning beds

There’s plenty of science that links tanning beds and the ultraviolet light they emit to an increased risk of skin cancer. But when you’re 16 and looking for a way to get that summer glow, you don’t want to hear the latest research on why that might not be such a good idea.

Sometimes teenagers have to be saved from themselves, and after years of attempts, the Maryland General Assembly has come the closest ever to doing that when it comes to tanning beds.

Both Maryland’s Senate and House of Representatives have passed bills that would prohibit those under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning devices in the state. The chambers now need to sign onto each other’s bills before...