The Europeans, in an effort to sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the ol’ ultraviolets, have come out strongly against tanning beds:
For years, scientists have described tanning beds and ultraviolet radiation as “probable carcinogens.”
A new analysis of about 20 studies concludes the risk of skin cancer jumps by 75% when people start using tanning beds before age 30. Experts also found that all types of ultraviolet radiation caused worrying mutations in mice, proof the radiation is carcinogenic. Previously, only one type of ultraviolet radiation was thought to be lethal.
The new classification means tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation are definite causes of cancer, alongside tobacco, the hepatitis B virus and chimney sweeping, among others.
Well, that does it. I’m keeping my mice out of the tanning beds and away from the chimneys. And they damned well better not be smoking, either.
Addendum: Consumerist comments: “What can we learn from these stories? Everything is trying to give you cancer. Go to bed.”