California Bans Tanning Beds For Minors

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Teens across the United States already have to wait for their 18th birthdays for adult privileges like voting and gambling. Starting next year, minors in California will have to wait for another-the right to tan indoors.

This week, California Governor Jerry Brown, signed the first-in-the-nation law banning minors from indoor tanning beds, which will go into effect at the beginning of next year.

“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,” said the bill’s sponsor Senator Ted W. Lieu. “If everyone knew the true dangers of tanning beds, they’d be shocked.” According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old.

The American Academy of Dermatology Association also released a statement commending the state of California for their new restrictive tanning law. “The American Academy of Dermatology Association applauds the state of California for being the first in the nation to prohibit the use of indoor tanning devices for all children and adolescents under the age of 18-the most restrictive law in the country,” said dermatologist Ronald L. Moy, MD, FAAD, president of the American Academy of Dermatology Association. “We commend Governor Brown, Sen. Ted Lieu and the other members of the California legislature for their efforts to help reduce the future incidence of skin cancer by protecting youth from the dangers of indoor tanning.”

What do you think of California’s new law? Do you hope your state follows in California’s footsteps?

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