.

Manassas Park Business Owner Reacts to Tanning Bed Legislation

Some Virginia tanning bed owners say lawmakers have bigger things to worry about.

Roger Yelvington has owned Sunbright Tanning Salon in Manassas Park for more than three years and is confident the service he provides isn’t dangerous to his patrons.

So he and other Virginia salon owners wonder why the Virginia Senate is occupied with creating new laws concerning the industry.

The Virginia Senate approved Bill 1274 which, if passed, would outlaw the use of tanning devices at a tanning facility by children 14 and younger

The bill also requires those 15 and older to get parental consent before using such facilities. The bill cleared the senate on a majority vote of 34-5 earlier this month.

“Does a 15-year-old girl have to get permission from her parents to get oiled up and go lay down at the beach?” Yelvington said. “(The tanning bed) is replicating what you get outside from the Sun.”

Overall Yelvington said he's fine with a teen seeking his or her parents permission to tan, but the negative connotation presented by a law requiring parental consent is what gives him pause. 

“It can make people think it’s really bad for you because it’s something that requires your parent’s permission,” he said. “ … I feel pretty strongly that I’m not providing a service that is a danger to people’s health.”

Nothing has changed in the tanning industry in the last 30 years, Yelvington said.

Tanning bed supporters say it hasn’t become more dangerous, so he and others wonder why lawmakers are even spending time creating new laws concerning tanning.

“They’ve got bigger fish to fry,” Yelvington said.

His tanning salon provides all the appropriate lotions as well as recommendations for exposure times. The recommendations are based on the type of skin the client has, Yelvington said.

In the middle of Winter, a time when many people feel down and blue, tanning could be helpful in improving one's mood, he said.

“If you get it in moderation, it releases endorphins and Vitamin D,” he added.

As far as business is concerned, Sunbright tanning has been steady and has increased by about 40 percent since it opened in 2009,  Yelvington said.

Business has increased this year since a tanning salon in Manassas shuttered, he added.

Meanwhile, the bill that some say could throw some shade at tanning could become a law if it passes in the Virginia House of Delegates.

What are your thoughts?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roger Yelvington February 22, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Its things like that - where you take a number and skew it completely. It's the root of the problem, for instance you say: "Skin cancer costs an estimated $1.7 billion..." But it's obvious you mean it to read "Tanning costs an estimated..." which isn't the case. So again, please try not to exaggerate the numbers for impact.
l February 22, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Roger Yelvington: " Its things like that - where you take a number and skew it completely. It's the root of the problem, for instance you say: "Skin cancer costs an estimated $1.7 billion..." But it's obvious you mean it to read "Tanning costs an estimated..." which isn't the case. So again, please try not to exaggerate the numbers for impact." Did you notice the CDC includes UV radiation from indoor tanning devices as one of the most important, avoidable known risk factors for skin cancer? Skin cancer costs are rising, where is your research proving UV radiation from indoor tanning devices is absolved of responsibility?(Particularly in the case of children.. the real root of the problem)
l February 23, 2013 at 01:23 AM
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/MedicalDevices/MedicalDevicesAdvisoryCommittee/GeneralandPlasticSurgeryDevicesPanel/UCM205687.pdf FDA Executive Summary "Cannell et. al. has stated that there could be situations where the risk benefit of the usage of tanning beds in the prevention of other cancers potentially might outweigh the risk of skin cancer but also stated that the same benefit can be gotten from using dietary supplementation." "Doctors Woo and Edie, two dermatologists from the Henry Ford Hospital, recently conducted an extensive review of the available literature on Vitamin D and tanning beds and concluded that: Tanning bed proponents cite the health benefits of vitamin D to support indoor tanning, including concerns that reduced vitamin D levels or certain vitamin D receptor polymorphisms may be associated with increased incidence of various cancers, including cutaneous melanoma. However, most tanning devices primarily emit ultraviolet A, which is relatively ineffective in stimulating vitamin D synthesis. Health benefits can be fully dissociated from the ultraviolet exposure risks with vitamin D supplementation, although optimal levels remain to be established. Indoor tanning represents an avoidable risk factor for skin cancer."
l February 23, 2013 at 06:07 AM
Roger Yelvington " But it's obvious you mean it to read "Tanning costs an estimated..." which isn't the case. So again, please try not to exaggerate the numbers for impact." http://abcnews.go.com/Health/indoor-tanning-tied-170000-skin-cancers-annually/story?id=17380395 Indoor Tanning Tied to 170,000 Skin Cancers Annually "By comparing the data linking indoor tanning and skin cancer, researchers estimated that the activity may account for more than 170,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancers -- basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas -- in the United States each year. In particular, exposure to indoor tanning before the age of 25 was linked to an increased risk for basal cell carcinoma, according to the study." "Specifically, Linos and her colleagues found that those who reported ever using indoor tanning had a 67 percent higher risk for developing squamous cell carcinoma and a 29 percent higher risk for basal cell carcinoma." "These findings show that "indoor tanning is dangerous, especially for young people," said study senior author, Dr. Eleni Linos, assistant professor in the department of dermatology at the University of California San Francisco. " -re photo Kim Benz- Kim "had been a regular indoor tanning bed user since the age of 17. She was first diagnosed with skin cancer -- normally seen in older adults -- in her early 20s... Benz, now 39, still has disfiguring skin cancer lesions over her entire body"
l February 23, 2013 at 06:09 AM
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/indoor-tanning-tied-170000-skin-cancers-annually/story?id=17380395 Indoor Tanning Tied to 170,000 Skin Cancers Annually cont "With this study, we finally have strong evidence that tanning beds contribute to all types of skin cancer including basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma," Linos said. "The risk of all three types of skin cancer is significantly higher in young people. This means there is a clear cancer risk for teenagers who use tanning beds, and it's hard to argue with regulations to protect children from cancer." She said that while non-melanoma skin cancers are less deadly, their impact is enormous. "Their treatment adds up to the fifth-most costly cancer for Medicare," she said, citing research that showed that the cost of diagnosing and treating these types of skin cancers ranges from $1,200 to $2,100 per case. And the cancers can also be disfiguring, as Benz's case shows. Cancer experts not involved with the study called the findings startling."

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something