The Howard County Board of Health instituted a "tanning ban" for anyone under the age of 18. A county spokesman says they're the first jurisdiction in the nation to do so. The Board was spurred to act by the World Health Organization, which declared tanning beds to be cancer-causing earlier this year.
Whatever. But this caught my attention:
Greg Safko, with a Maryland-based Melanoma prevention group, says tanning is as dangerous as smoking. "There's no such thing as a safe cigarette," he says. "There's no such thing as a safe tan."
Really? Maybe not for Dave the Swede (not his real name), but what about people like your humble scribe who, as Tom Clancy said of an Hispanic Army officer in Cardinal of the Kremlin, have faces that are at home anywhere from the Strait of Gilbraltar to the Strait of Hormuz? My ancestors managed to survive Safko's killer tans just fine. He needs to get out more. Or not.