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State Senate Approves Law Banning Teens From Tanning Beds

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Today the California Senate voted in favor of a bill designed to protect teens from using tanning beds. A 24-to-9 vote in the 40-member house was in favor of passing SB 746, which would replace the current law that allows teens aged 14-17 to use tanning beds with the permission of a parent or guardian."[T]he principle behind the bill is that the use of indoor tanning beds is risky and the results can be fatal, and so the choice to use them should be - in every sense of the term - an adult decision," wrote Sen. Ted Lieu of the 28th District (D-Torrance) in a news released published on April 28th.

Because teens are more susceptible to medical problems caused by UVR tanning beds, including cancer, supporters of the bill in the Senate and in the medical community, have been pushing hard to get the bill to pass. If signed into law, California would be the first state in the nation to implement such a ban. As it stands, children under 14 are banned from using tanning beds in the state.

Previously: GTL Minus The T? California's Pending Tanning Bed Bill