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Sun Tanning is the new Smoking of our Generation


A generation ago people smoked like it was going out of style, in fact it was so in style that everyone did it. People knew it probably wasn’t good for you and in fact detrimental to your health but it persisted. Years later those who abused cigarettes in a most egregious fashion began paying for this habit with their lives. Today people still smoke and we have a generally good idea of the health risks involved. That said, smoking is highly addictive and cigarette companies only make them more addictive because let’s get serious: smokers are a dying breed.

We’re a new generation and cancer is still prevalent in society, most people don’t smoke as well it’s stupid. Today the new problem is sun tanning. We know it’s not good for you and some older people are getting skin cancer but they were exposed to a sun years ago. Currently the ozone layer is deteriorating at alarming rates and the ultra violet rays are becoming increasingly intense and dangerous.

Just like people used to know smoking was bad for you but kept doing it. People know too much sun is bad for you but are still doing it. Just like cigarette companies upped the nicotine and added all these lethal ingredients into their insidious cocktail to keep us hooked, the sun is ramping  up it’s damage. To compare years of suntanning in the 60’s to years of doing it in the 90’s and beyond is asinine.

Why do I mention this? I travel all year for a living now and I’m constantly one of the few gents hiding out in the shade with a shirt and hat on. People come on their vacation and all to often a huge priority is getting as dark as possible to look as “cool” as possible when they get back home. People are even going to tanning salons because being “tanned is cool”. What’s so funny about this is that only white people want to be tanned. In any other ethnicity group around the world, the lighter you are the better.

Suntanning is the new smoking. It’s cool but does nothing for you and in fact will harm you. People know it’s bad but still have no clue what the long term damage will be under the new depleting ozone. Take a look at some of those older ladies who have been going brown / black for years – they look like an old leather bag. Also remember this was from a sun 20-30 years ago. What will the sun kids of today look like in 2030?

Skin cancer is no joke, think about it.

15 thoughts on “Sun Tanning is the new Smoking of our Generation

  1. What is this photo all about??! Did you take it?? I don’t know if it exists but today I will be shopping for SPF 500. It’s supposed to be 72 degrees on Christmas :-O

  2. As a fair skinned gal, I am all about the sunscreen in the summer. After roasting to a crisp and turning an awful shade of lobster red, I praise the creators of SPF. I have also seen first hand someone whose skin is leathery like this photo. Sorry but I’d rather be pasty and uncool while young, than look like that in twenty years.

    1. I’ve been burned a few times as well. Now I just let what happens happen but try my best to stay out of the sun. It will get you one way or another, see no point in just laying there in it.

  3. Can’t believe that photo is real!! :O

    In SEA, I’d avoid the sun as much as possible (except for going to lunch) from 10AM to 3PM … head to the beach after that, two hours with reduced UV levels is plenty of time for fun in the sun and surf for me!

  4. That photo is GROSS!! I am really hoping that is photoshopped and no one is seriously that ugly or stupid for living in the sun like that. Like a few others have commented, protecting yourself in the sun is a good thing. I am one pale white dude and I ALWAYS wear sun screen. Heck, if I mow the lawn or just go for a quick run I put on sun screen. Not to mention some things I inherited from my family make me susceptible to cancer. I am always white because I am not in the sun much and when I am, I wear sunscreen! 🙂

    1. Wow, I’m not that cautious but it does make me think. I don’t think it is Photoshopped we’ve all seen those old ladies who look like leather bags or at least I have.

      Time to go buy some MORE sunscreen…

  5. I can’t believe that photo. How can anyone do that to themselves. You don’t get much paler than me and I wear sunscreen every single day but now find that I’m seriously deficient in Vitamin D. We all need sun in moderation but that lady is disgusting.

    1. She’s definitely gone “over the top” so to speak or “well done” or “burnt”. If you aren’t out in the sun much, always have the option of vitamin D capsules. She is a grim reminder of “what may happen if…”

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