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Speak Out: Are Tanning Beds Worth It?

Can you get by with only having one vice?

This year is the first time since seventh grade that I will not be going to the tanning bed religiously.

I'd love to say it was because I had some great change of heart, but it isn't. I just don't have time to lay still for 15 minutes a day.

I always justified it like this: You're allowed one vice. Mine was tanning.

Here's your turn to speak out:

Do you go to the tanning bed? Are you worried about skin cancer? Do you think the benefits outweigh the risks? Tell us in the comments.

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alyson April 16, 2012 at 06:40 PM
1998 called and they want their tanning beds back. Sooooo..... Contact Alyson @ Glisten mobile spray tan located in Holly Springs, GA http://www.facebook.com/GlistenSprayTan
Jessie Gable April 16, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I had no idea we had a mobile spray tan in Holly Springs. Please, please, please email me so I can do a story on this: jessie.gable@patch.com. And yes, in my head I'm imagining this something like a drive through where you get tanned.
Regina Gulick April 17, 2012 at 08:37 PM
http://solonthego.com/Sol_On_The_Go/Home.html Heidi Herbert does mobile spray tans, too! She ran a Patch deal last month!!! I'm sure she'd be willing to chat for your article too if you need another source---Hope everything is great Jess!
Carla Harris April 19, 2012 at 02:55 PM
My niece died of Melanoma a few years ago at the age of 23 years young. Her mother owned a tanning bed business and I am sure this was a major contributing factor of her cancer. I also have a best friend who has had several cancerous places removed from her face and other places that were damaged by the sun and tanning beds. As teenagers we frequented the tanning beds together. She does not go out in the sun anymore without a hat on.
Jessie Gable April 20, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Carla, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm trying now to do a story on the best spray tans as a recovering tan-aholic? It's such a hard habit to break!

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