California Teens May Be Banned From Tanning Beds

Bill has support from cancer groups, opposed by tanning companies

By Lauren Steussy
|  Thursday, Sep 29, 2011  |  Updated 2:26 PM PDT
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Gov. May Ban Teens From Tanning Beds

Tanning beds may be a thing of the past for Californians under the age of 18.

Teenagers in the Golden State may stop looking so golden this winter if Gov. Jerry Brown approves legislation that would bar anyone under the age of 18 from using tanning beds.

Senate Bill 746, authored by Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), was passed by the state senate earlier this month and is awaiting Brown’s approval. If enacted, the law would take effect Jan. 1, 2012.

Currently, anyone between the ages of 14 and 18 must get consent from a parent before using the tanning bed. The bill would eliminate that option, completely prohibiting the minors from using the beds at all.

Many tanning bed business owners are opposed to the bill. The state will not be required to reimburse these owners for the lost business.

The California Medical Association was active in the debate of the bill. The group cited studies which show that the risk of skin cancer increases with the use of indoor tanning beds.

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