Tanning beds will help you get tan, but they are not an essential source of Vitamin D. A tanning bed is not 100 glasses of milk, nor is it 25 servings of salmon. Enclosing yourself into a coffin-sized EZ Bake Oven is not eating a bowl of whole grain cereal and it will not help you maintain strong bones. Trying to avoid osteoporosis? You may allow your flesh to sizzle under a set of ultraviolet lights, but you may not expect it to make you healthier.
In conclusion, tanning is not good for you, and that is why the state’s attorney general is suing one salon for advertising that it...is.
Portofino Sun Center, which operates five salons in Manhattan, is facing hefty penalties for using its various social media pages to tout the healthful benefits of tanning—total lies!
Another study focusing on POSITIVE effects of UV tanning.... http://t.co/JJqRLPLC
— Portofino Sun Center (@PortofinoSun) August 22, 2012
“During a typical tanning session your body naturally creates as much vitamin D as you would get from drinking 100 glasses of milk or eating 25 servings of salmon,” the salon claimed. Just to be clear, tanning booths expose users primarily to UVA radiation, not UVB—the only form of radiation that helps the skin make vitamin D.
The suit by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman seeks $5,000 for each false claim,
“Make no mistake about it: There is nothing safe about indoor tanning," said the pale and wraithlike prosecutor. "The use of ultra-violet devices increases exposure to cancer-causing radiation and puts millions of Americans in serious danger - young adults, in particular,” Schneiderman said in a press release. “Irresponsible businesses that seek to rake in profits by misleading the public about the safety of their services will be held accountable by my office.”
Similar notices have been sent to Beach Bum Tanning Salons, which has 14 locations in New York City and on Long Island, for similarly false claims.