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Protect kids from skin cancer! Vote YES on SB 299

Dear [Decision Maker],

I just learned that Senate Bill 299, the bill that will prohibit all minors under the age of 18 from using tanning beds, passed out of the House Health and Government Operations Committee and is now heading to the House floor. As your constituent, I am asking you to please vote yes one more time on this life-saving bill. 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% (47,194) 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.

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 reduce skin cancer incidence and mortality rates in our state.

A 2018 study found that indoor tanning prevalence among female high school students in states with age restriction laws was 47 percent lower than among those not affected by such laws. A recent Minnesota Department of Health survey found that, since the state's law prohibiting youth under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning devices was passed, the number of 11th grade white females using indoor tanning devices decreased over 70 percent from 33 percent in 2013 to 9 percent in 2016.

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 vote yes one more time and support SB 299 to prohibit minors under the age of 18 from using tanning beds.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]