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Legislature makes it more difficult for teens to get fake tans

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 6/12/2018

a person wearing a red shirt and smiling at the camera © Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images Seventeen-year-olds wanting a tan might have to go the old fashioned route.

a wooden table © Rich Pedroncelli / AP The state Senate on Tuesday gave final legislative approval to a bill outlawing anyone under the age of 18 from using tanning booths.

“The younger a person starts and the more repeated the exposure to UV rays, the greater the risk for developing skin cancer later in life,” said Sen. Phil Boyle, the Suffolk County Republican who sponsored the bill.

Current law bars anyone 16 or under from using tanning booths. Those who are 17 can, but only with parental permission.

The bill passed Tuesday and on the way to the governor’s desk would require someone to be at least 18 to step into the booth.

“Keeping kids away from dangerous indoor tanning devices is a no-brainer,” said the New York lobbyist for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, who called on Cuomo to quickly sign the measure into law.

Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi said that “we’ll review the legislation.”

Citing World Health Organization stats, Hart said indoor tanning use before the age of 35 increases the risk of the deadliest type of skin cancer by 59%.

Until 2012, New York banned anyone under 14 from going to tanning salons and required parental consent up to the age of 18. That changed after the publicity surrounding the case of Patricia Krentcil, a tanorexic New Jersey mom who was accused of hauling her kid into a tanning salon.

Gallery: 20 skin cancer symptoms everyone needs to know (courtesy Best Life)


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