State bans use of tanning beds by minors

LOS ANGELES Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:02am EDT

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Minors in the state of California will no longer be allowed to use tanning beds after Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Sunday prohibiting anyone under the age of 18 from using ultraviolet tanning devices.

California is the first state in the nation to ban minors from using tanning beds, legislators said.

Previously, California had banned minors under the age of 14 from using tanning beds, but allowed those between 14 and 18 years of age to use tanning beds with parental consent.

The bill was part of a cluster of legislation signed on Sunday designed to "improve the health and well-being of Calfornians," according to a statement from the Governor's office.

"I praise Gov. Brown for his courage in taking this much-needed step to protect some of California's most vulnerable residents -- our kids -- from what the 'House of Medicine' has conclusively shown is lethally dangerous: ultraviolet-emitting radiation from tanning beds," the bill's sponsor, state Senator Ted Lieu, said in a statement.

"If everyone knew the true dangers of tanning beds, they'd be shocked. Skin cancer is a rising epidemic and the leading cause of cancer death for women between 25 and 29."

The law will go into effect on January 1, 2012, according to Lieu's office.

(Reporting by Mary Slosson. Editing by Peter Bohan)

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Comments (6)
abuse wrote:
Cancer is real. But whats not real is going after the tanning industry. People are more likely to go to the beach and spend 3 or 4 hr laying in the sun and spending 10 MIN in a bed. The government has not right attacking a business without the real facts. When will they give real residence inn that that tanning beds are the real cause of skin cancer.

Oct 10, 2011 12:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
lisasepiphany wrote:
I love California… this could be important in the quest to create tighter constraints for age-related rating systems. It’s exciting.

Oct 10, 2011 12:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
abuse – 10 mins in most beds is worst than 3 hours at the beach. those beds are powerful, dangerous and operated by people who are not much past 18 themselves. Its a great law and thow whole country should adopt it

Oct 10, 2011 12:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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