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Germany Bans Tanning Beds For Minors

08/01/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

We might not share in the German fervor for David Hasselhoff, but there is a guilty pleasure Germans have that is shared in the U.S.: the tanning bed (or as they call it, the solarium.) But the German parliament aims to fix that. Last week, they passed a law that bans people under the age of 18 from visiting solariums (roughly 4 million people under 18 visit them at least once a month!). The parliament hopes this law will decrease the abundance of melanoma and other forms of skin cancer in the country--about 140,000 cases of skin cancer develop each year.

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