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California Prohibits Tanning Bed Use For Minors

  • by Corrie Shenigo
  • posted at 1:40 pm
  • October 11, 2011

It’s official. Now there is one more thing you’ll have to be of legal age to do.

In California, if you’re under 18 and you want to sport a healthy bronze glow – you should probably plan on spending some more time at the beach, because the state has officially outlawed the use of tanning beds for anyone not of legal age. No exceptions.

While previous CA laws banned the use of tanning beds for teens under the age of 14, and 15-17 year old’s needing parental permission, this new new law prohibits the use of the fake-and-bake beds for anyone under 18 all together. That makes California, the land of the beach beauty, the most prohibitive state in regards to tanning. A report from the AP states that Illinois, Rhode Island, New York and Ohio are not far behind and are considering similar laws.

Why all the fuss? We can only assume that the rise in skin cancer and evidence tying the UV exposure of tanning beds to melanoma are the reason behind the new legislation. One more reason to love the skin (and it’s natural hue) that you’re in.

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