TRENTON – On Monday, an Assembly panel approved a bill to ban access to tanning beds for anyone under 18 years old.
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, individuals who use indoor tanning devices before the age of 30, increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent. As many as one-in-three American 17-year-old girls use indoor tanning, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Current law allows emancipated minors and minors between 14 and 18 years of age, who have written authorization from a parent or guardian, to use tanning facilities.
The bill advanced Monday (a committee substitute for A-2933/3640/2867) would bar anyone under the age of 18 from using tanning beds in New Jersey, regardless of whether they have obtained parental permission. However, the bill would allow teens 14 years of age and older, with written permission, to use spray tanning, which does not expose them to UV radiation the way a tanning bed does.
The bill would take effect six months after enactment. Currently, California and New York are considering similar legislation. At least 25 other states have varying restrictions on teen tanning.
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