California has recently found it necessary to enact legislation to protect its children from skin cancer. You’ll be relieved to know that it is now against the law for people under the age of 18 to use tanning beds. Well, that should solve the problem of skin cancer, right?
Let’s take a moment to think about this. The assumption made by the California legislature is that tanning beds are a major cause of skin cancer in teens. Is that true?
Now I live on the other side of the country, but I have always had the impression that California is a warm, sunny state. I picture coastal beaches, beautiful green parks, and happy little grape vines soaking up the rays. I would expect that the majority of teens get far more exposure to UV rays while lying on the beach or hanging out with friends in their local parks than they get from the occasional use of a tanning bed.
I have no doubt that tanning beds aren’t good for anyone. However, is it necessary to enact a law forbidding teens to use them? Isn’t that the job of the parent? And how long is it going to take for the California legislature to enact a law forbidding adults to use them?
If the California legislature is determined to enact anti-skin-cancer laws that restrict teen and parental freedom of choice, perhaps they should simply pass legislation that mandates the use of sunscreen, hats, and beach cover-ups for all California teens. Wouldn’t you love to see a uniformed police officer pounding the California beach beat asking for proof of sunscreen use from the bikini-clad young ladies sunning themselves on the sand?
The whole scenario would be funnier if it wasn’t so painfully obvious that the California state government believes that you are incapable of making correct decisions for yourself and for your children. That’s another freedom the government has taken away from you, my Californian friends. How much longer are you going to accept that?