Exodus From Tanning Beds

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In reaction to news that UV radiation from tanning beds is just as deadly as arsenic, fake bakers are fleeing salons, reports MSNBC. It’s not exactly a scientific finding, but they’ve at least found a few folks who quit after reading last week’s report. My favorite quote:

“I mean, even just the headline,” says Jill Brizzi, who’s 26 and lives in Charlotte, N.C. ‘Tanning beds as deadly as arsenic.’ Like, what? Isn’t that poison?”

And some tweets:

shutup!! omg i’ve been saying forever that I’m going to stop tanning, but wow now im seriously done! Xoxox

Pretty sure I’m going to cancel my tanning membership. “Beds compared to arsenic” is a little extreme for me!

I guess I am never going tanning again…

 

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