California bans teen tanning

Beginning January 1, 2012, teens under age 18 in California will no longer be permitted to use tanning beds.

This makes California the first state to prohibit minors from using commercial indoor tanning devices, regardless of parental consent.

The measure was sponsored by the California Society of Dermatology and Dermatological Surgery and the AIM at Melanoma Foundation. A spokesman for the Indoor Tanning Association said the ban will hurt businesses, since 5-10% of ITA members’ customers are under 18.

If teens want a tan, they’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way: outside!

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