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Why are tanning salons popular with teenagers?

Audrey Kunin, MD
Dermatology
Worldwide studies ranging from Baylor University in Texas to Italy and Sweden have repeatedly shown that the vast majority of teenagers surveyed were unaware of the potential dangers associated with the use of tanning beds. And while a significant number of those teens had already experienced significant damage to their skin, at least those under the age of 16 were more willing to modify their behavior when educated about these risks.
 
Yet far too many teens are finding their way into tanning beds on a routine basis, partly because as a group they equate being tan as being "cool" and partly because they are often times the direct target of intentional marketing. A tanning salon not far from my home puts out a sign offering $5.00 tanning sessions to students who show their I.D.

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