Albany legislators are working on a new bill that would ban minors from indoor tanning. The bill is expected to be signed into law by Governor Cuomo after June 21st.
Blair Horner, vice president for advocacy for New York’s American Cancer Society told reporters the American Cancer Society supports the legislation. “Indoor tanning causes cancer in too many people and children are at the greatest risk…By banning indoor tanning for those 16 years old and younger, the legislation provides significant cancer protections for those teens.” Tanning devices were classified “carcinogens” in 2009 by the World Health Organization.
The law currently allows children 14 to 17 years old to visit tanning salons with parental consent, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have data indicating 10% of 14-year-olds have used tanning beds. Earlier this year, New Jersey mother Patricia Krentcil was arrested under charges of child endangerment for taking her five-year-old daughter to tanning salons. Her case is now before a grand jury. (The timing here is probably not a coincidence.) (Photo: Whats Her Name/Flickr)