Tanning Bill That Prohibits Use by Minors Introduced in House
[MMA News Now, Feb. 21, 2013] A new bill (HF 676) that would prohibit the use of tanning beds by those under the age of 18 has been introduced at the Capitol.
“We’re happy to see this bill,” said Eric Dick, MMA’s manager of state legislative affairs. “There’s clear evidence of the link between rising skin cancer rates and artificial UV exposure. Minnesota needs to treat this carcinogen just as we do tobacco and that means prohibiting minors from using artificial tanning facilities.”
Current Minnesota law allows children under the age of16 to use tanning facilities with parental consent, and there are no restrictions on those 16 and older. Eleven states already have banned tanning beds for children, ranging from age 13 to 18.
According to the American Cancer Society, each year, approximately 120 Minnesotans die from melanoma, making it the most deadly form of skin cancer.