Reader Laura’s Comment:
“The tanning salon where the now infamous tanning mom took her daughter has been hit with over $5,000 in fines. Some of the claims are that they overexposed their clients. Are there any tanning booths or exposure to these booths that can be considered safe? How can you be sure that you are going to a safe tanning salon or is there even such a thing?”
The salon where tanning-mad mother Patricia Krentcil has been accused of taking her five-year-old daughter has been given a hefty fine for breaching a number of rules. City Tropics Tanning Salon in Nutley, New Jersey, has been hit with a $5,200 fine by the state health department following a check by officials on May 14. The string of violations at the salon where Ms Krentcil received her distinctive dark orange skin coloring included overexposing several customers in tanning booths.
I have railed about tanning bed safety before. Tanning salons and their equipment have been linked to increases in skin cancer and aging changes to the skin, so as far as I am concerned there are no safe tanning booths.
It is a matter of philosophy as to whether or not people should be allowed to expose themselves to such risk, but tanning salon owners have not been so honest about risk. The basis upon which the officials fined them would be interesting to know. At what level of exposure does the State call the event illegal? That seems arbitrary to me.
John Di Saia MD