Bill That Would Ban Teens From Tanning Beds Closer To Law

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A bill that would ban minors from fake baking is a step closer to becoming law.

The bill that would ban minors from using ultraviolet tanning beds was approved by the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee and sent to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

As of now, teens between 14 and 17 are required by law to get permission from a parent or guardian to use tanning beds. Children under 14 are banned from using the beds.

“Recent scientific research has shown that tanning beds cause skin cancer,” said Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, the author of SB 746. “The younger kids are when they start using tanning beds, the greater the damage to their skin and the more likely they are to die of skin cancer.”

Lieu cited studies showing that those who use tanning beds before age 35 increase their lifetime risk of melanoma by 75 percent. The Academy of American Pediatrics, which supports the bill, says that the intensity of radiation produced by large, powerful tanning units may be 10 to 15 times higher than that of the midday sun.

Ultraviolet rays have been declared carcinogens by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the FDA.

The Indoor Tanning Association opposes the measure, saying tanning salons are already burdened by regulation and the new bill would have a negative impact on the industry statewide. The association estimates that minors make up 5 to 10 percent of a typical facility’s customer base. The association also argues that because the majority of tanning businesses are owned by women, the bill would disproportionately hurt female business owners.

Thirty states have restrictions on teen tanning but, if passed, this law would be the toughest imposed anywhere in the U.S., Lieu said. Several European countries have banned minors from using tanning beds and Brazil has banned their use entirely, according to Lieu.

No date has been scheduled for the Appropriations Committee to consider the bill, which was approved by the Senate by a 25-9 vote on June 1.

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  • Prince Tony

    Ban all things teen’s do and all of us do in life, that of enjoyment, no matter the risks and create our teens to be robots so they can work harder for the rich. Actually make it a law to ban teen’s from expressing themselves all the way. Matter of fact make it a law, for ages 14 through till 18 that they have to wear their school uniforms at all times. So while in high school and at home, and at the movies, or going out on the town, they only have uniforms.
    That’s a free-will choice of life or freedom. God/Universe is about free-will choice Truth, Light and Love that one walks in, the way the Pagan’s tought, and Jesus loved, because it equals Life Experience or God Experience, Life/God experience, one of the same word, life and God.
    So you parents wonder why your kids don’t express, because you killed off all the child wanting to do, because it costs too much or because you are lazy or you don’t believe in it, because you all turned parent, and lost that of a child.

    • Reality

      Prince Tony, your comment is utter nonsense. This law is to protect teens

  • Jason

    Studies have shown that people who use tanning beds before age 35 increase their lifetime risk of melanoma by 75 percent”, Lieu said.
    Wow what an ignorant comment. So lets make sure we have this right studies have shown that “PEOPLE” (What people? All people? Skin type1, Skin type2, Skin type3 Skin type4, Skin type5, & Skin type6) Well considering State Sen. Ted Lieu is making an ignorant claim lets get it right. That study is FACT only in Skin type1 as you go up in skin type the risks drop off significantly. So its like if you did a study on 5 blind 16 year olds and 5 20/20 vision 16 year olds on a driving test. All 5 of the blind 16 year olds failed the test. Then the state of California tried to pass a bill that is you can’t get your drivers license till your 18 because studies have shown that 16 year olds are 50% more likely to fail before the age of 18. JUST GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT!

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