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    Well let's think this through. The govt subsidizes tobacco farming, then taxes cigarettes at both the state and federal level making them the biggest profiteer from a pack of cigarettes of anyone in the chain and then they sue the cigarette companies for more money (and get it) and that money shows up in a few commercials warning us about the dangers of smoking. YET the govt doesn't ban tobacco. I see no reason for us to get involved in tanning beds beyond a warning on each bed.
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    I don't know where you live but we get city and county taxes also. Smokers and drinkers are like the fat kids in school--always getting picked on.
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    @mtkopf Yeah they do here too. But what gets me is our government is the biggest drug dealer (tobacco) in the nation, making billions from these taxes and they don't care if we smoke, they just want the money. But tanning beds? Now there's a different story. They can't figure a way to make billions off of taxing tanning beds so they'll just ban them, right? The older I get the more I hate our Govt. Both parties.
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    @mtkopf Yes and these are the people that vote for the people that tax them from dusk to dawn while telling them that, "we WON'T raise taxs on those making under 250K. Go figure.
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    In order to avoid the fiscal cliff I propose that President Obama offer to lower taxes on tanning salons and beta carotene manufactures. By compromising with Speaker John "The Orange Smurf" Boehner on these his favorite tax cuts we may be able to break the stalemate and do the right thing by America.
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    In order to avoid the "fiscal cliff", I propose congress stop playing around with stupid stuff like this and get on with important business! Geez, they act like they can stretch this out for two MORE years!
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    @RobertJHarsh I didn't realize that. Let me correct my characterization of him then.....Speaker John "Pumpkin Head" Boehner.
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    Tank tops , sleeveless shirts, swim suits all should be banned, along with fast food, anything but water to drink, meat etc
    I don't know how we survived as the human race before, Thank God big brother will save us all from going extinct
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    I agree, if people want to fry themselves to death let 'em do it, without government intervention.
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    @jamesmitchell this app doesn't wk as it should. meant to vote up @jamesmitchell, posted voted up by mistake cause app ondicated i had voted up fitz, disagree with deregluate, but think tanning beds akin to tobacco, if they want to fry them selves let em, but warnings and edication should be very prominent, and they should to extent they have money saved be required to reimburse state fir cost of health care, and tanning treatments, like tobacco, should be heavilly taxed, with taxes allocated to health care cost.
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    I disagree, government needs to be minuscule, especially in todays world with the access to information readily available. Let people live their lives not impeded by bureaucracy. The federal government is far too big and controlling.
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    yeah but can they thin, themselves before they reproduce? could be like the ceyote hunts, the more you kill the more they reproduce before you can kill em.
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    can we make arsnic, an over the counter drug. to help speed, things along. but wait, mass murderes are on the loose. and i would hate to see, the governments arsenic control plans.
  • #44
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    My sister used these things religiously in her mid-teens, and ended up with breast cancer in her early forties (40s). Coincidence?
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    Under 18, definitely regulate and restrict because kids too easily choose peer pressure over common sense, and parents can't always be trusted to act in the child's best interests. But after age 18, crisp away but don't get mad when your insurance doesn't cover melanoma caused by stupidity.
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    Here's an idea, how about we let people make their own goddamn choices, self destructive or otherwise. I don't need some idiot dictating whether or not I can use a tanning bed. Its common knowledge they're not good for you and anybody who doesn't know that probably has their head up their ass. I get so tired of hearing about people wanting to impose regulation after regulation on everyone simply because they think they know best, when in fact they know shit.
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    No more than the FDA should regulate my intake of tobacco. An educated consumer is the best regulation for most any product. If one is an adult and is uneducated about life's dangers, that isn't the governments concern.
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    Let the "Darwins" be stupid and burn themselves to a crisp all they want. It shouldn't be the governments (i.e. the taxpayers) problem. Thin the herd baby. Darwin award recipients all around...
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    If an adult wants to use this device, it is no different than smoking...they can do it. How stupid is this?.........approve the use of pot and ban the use of tanning beds. IMHO...it is stupid, stupid, stupid.
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    Your comparison is a little off though... tanning beds are FAR more dangerous than pot... so is coffee for that matter.
  • #65
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    I think there should be more warnings and parental permission. If you're under 18, you shouldn't be able to go to a tanning bed without a parent's permission. I literally had a girl in high school tell me, "Who cares if I get cancer, at least I'll be tan for prom." We all know teenagers are stupid. They think with their emotions (everything goes through the frontal lobe first) and they can't be trusted to make wise decisions. We all know this because we were there once. Even the most mature of teenagers does stupid things, and more parental involvement would solve this.
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    I'm all in favor of people going to hell in their own handbaskets, but in this instance I think a good public information campaign should be enough.
  • #63
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    Let the pale people commit suicide in a bed? Absurd! Actually the government created a tax for those who use tanning beds, if you go tanning in one of those the sales/service tax is higher so that at the end when they get cancer the government has collected enough money to treat those who do not have insurance. I call that the pale people's tax. Hehehehehehe.
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    Put an age limit, no use of tanning beds under 18. And require a big warning to be posted that talks about the cancer risks, including a link to a webpage with more detailed information including any data for or against the conclusion and any data reviewing data if the person is so inclined to look. There should also be data on the difference between tanning bed tanning and natural tanning. People have a right to go over information and draw their own conclusions.
    But ultimately if you are an adult the use of a tanning bed should be your choice. I think most people who use tanning beds don't do so routinely (and even then it's your choice), they use it when they want a tan to start out a vacation somewhere warm and sunny. I personally would prefer to just lie in the sun if I want a tan. That's free.
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    Who cares. If somebody wants to look ugly and pay a lot of money for it, I'm not gonna get in their way. It's their money and their life expectancy.
  • #59
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    Hell no! Then I would have less people to make fun of in the middle of winter, who go to tanning salons to give the false impression they had the resources for an expensive winter vacation.
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