Well, this isn't something I'd ever thought I'd write, but ... I'm with Tanning Mom! The New Jersey resident said that she's all for the state's new law banning tanning for kids under 17, and so am I. Sorry, tween Snooki wannabes!
I particularly love what Tanning Mom (aka Patricia Krentcil) said when TMZ asked her how the tanning community would respond to the ban:
"Quite frankly I don't give a damn!"
Word up, Tanning Mom. It's kind of nuts that we even NEED a law like Christ Christie's "Tan Mom Ban," but apparently we do. Jersey already banned tanning for kids under 14; the new law extends that to age 17, bans children under 14 from getting spray tans (um, really?!), and requires that teens 17 and older need a parent with them at the salon for an initial consultation before roasting themselves under UV rays. It all sounds like common sense to me. Grown-ups can do what they want to their own bodies, but children should not be in tanning booths, just like they shouldn't be drinking alcohol or doing another cancer-causing activity: smoking.
To reiterate: tanning causes DEATH. It's no freaking joke -- skin cancer makes up half of all cancer cases in the United States; the FDA says the UV radiation in tanning devices poses serious health risks; and tanning booth users are close to 70% more likely to develop skin cancer before their 40th birthday than the rest of us.
As for my own daughter? To quote Tanning Mom: "I don't think children ever should tan." I chase my poor kid around all summer with sunscreen, there's no way in hell I'd let her get close to a tanning booth, nor would I ever let her see me getting in one! I'm sure there are parents who disagree, but Tanning Mom is sticking to her story that she was never one of those moms. "She was in the room, not in the booth," she says of her 5-year-old daughter and the broohaha that gave Tanning Mom her name. (Keep in mind, a grand jury decided not to indite her.)
What do you think about the "Tan Mom Law"?
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