The bottom line is that we, as teenagers, do not have the capability, or desire to delay our instant gratification. Something is always more important in the moment. I am aware that at this point parental permission is allowed for minors to utilize tanning beds. I am also a social worker who has had 16 years of experience in working with our Maine families. The unfortunate reality is that often times, parents aren't capable of, or simply do not, make the right decisions for their children all the time. Passing of LD 1297 will put further safe guards in place to prevent our children from increasing their incidence of Melanoma. Because, like my doctor said, "it is cancer, it can KILL you."