SPF 18+

Essay by edenbyteJunior High, 8th grade October 2014

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SPF 18

Is health worth compromising in order to achieve an ideal exterior appearance? Senate Bill 6065 states that protects children under the age of eighteen (excluding those prescribed by a physician to use tanning beds to treat a medical condition) from the harmful effects of exposure to ultraviolet radiation associated with tanning devices such as melanoma-- the deadliest form of skin cancer. Tanning facilities will require proof of age and will be subjected to a $250 fine for allowing individuals under eighteen to tan. This bill is an example of representative government because citizens of Washington elected representatives (senators) to create bills and laws such as Senate Bill 6065. UV light tanning beds should have an age restriction because its repercussions of melanoma affects the common good negatively, spreads an understanding of that dangers of indoor tanning, and has the same concept as limiting those who may drink and smoke.

With excessive tanning, minors could develop skin cancer-- "UV rays emitted by tanning machines are cancer-causing, and indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 75 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors" (Melanoma Soars among Young Adults). These children are the future, and with a majority having cancer, it would affect society adversely with a lack of people to take care of their elders, and those that are able to be educated and employed. Furthermore, the medical bills that come with treating cancer are extremely costly. For instance, if there are many people under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that have cancer treatment costs for ACA to cover, the people apart of ACA and others who do not have any insurance whatsoever get their taxes raised. Also, if there are many people under another insurance company have cancer, the insurance premiums needed to...