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Protect kids from skin cancer- Support Senate Bill 299/House Bill 124

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a legislator who sits on a key committee and heard testimony in last week's hearing, I am asking for you to support Senate Bill 299/House Bill 124, which would prohibit all minors under the age of 18 from using tanning beds. Doing so will protect our Maryland teens from developing skin cancer later in life, especially melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Many teens feel peer pressured to have tanned skin and the tanning bed industry knows this. They market directly to teens, creating specials for prom, homecoming, and back to school. 7.2% of high school students currently use indoor tanning beds in Maryland despite the risks, or may not recognize that the so-called "healthy" tans they get now, could cause skin cancer in the future. More than 1,750 new cases of melanoma are expected to be diagnosed in Maryland this year (2019) and approximately 110 Marylanders will die of melanoma.

The evidence clearly shows that the use of indoor tanning beds increases the risk of skin cancer and studies have found that using a tanning bed before the age of 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 59%. Prohibiting minors from using tanning beds will effectively deter them from using tanning beds and help reduce skin cancer incidence and mortality rates in our state.

We can, and must, do more to reduce death and suffering from cancer in our state. As your constituent, I am asking you to please support Senate Bill 299/ House Bill 124 to prohibit all minors under the age of 18 from using tanning beds.

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