Say It Ain’t So: Tanning Salons Outnumber Starbucks?!

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Does it seem like there’s a Starbucks on every corner?  Or how about McDonald’s … those golden arches are everywhere, right?  It may seem that way but neither the purveyor of caffeinated beverages or the fast food founder can measure up to tanning salons.

Despite the known risk of melanoma associated with indoor tanning, “there is a striking average of 42 tanning salons per city.  That’s more than either Starbucks or McDonalds,” said Dr. Lauren Smith said at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. Cities average only 19 Starbucks and 30 McDonald’s.

That makes my double shot, white chocolate mocha with double whip sound downright healthy.

Kerri Wachter (On  Twitter @knwachter)

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