Assembly Panel Advances Bill To Bar Teens From Using Tanning Beds

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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1 comment for “Assembly Panel Advances Bill To Bar Teens From Using Tanning Beds

  1. TanningDiva
    June 14, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    This legislation is necesssary. Too many young people in their teens and twenties are getting melanoma now. Parents aren’t aware of the dangers until their kid gets it and then its too late. Too many people believe the hype that tanning beds are safer than going into the sun. And they believe there would be stricter regulation if they were in fact dangerous. This legislation sends a much needed message. Tanning beds are dangerous. Melanoma spreads quickly and is disfiguring. People say it won’t happen to me. Just talk to the parents who’s kids have died. It’s not necessary. Use a good self tanner. • Tanning beds suppress the immune system, reducing the ability to fight illnesses, diseases and cancer. Melanoma is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women between the ages of 25 and 30, and indoor tanning-bed radiation has played a big role in this increase.• Those who use a tanning bed before the age of 35 have a 75 percent increase in their risk of developing melanoma. Find out more at the online skin cancer resource center at

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