Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Washington State Considering Tanning Ban
Proposed legislation in Washington state would prohibit the use of indoor tanning beds by anyone under 18. California passed a similar bill last year, becoming the first state to ban tanning beds for all minors because of concerns over possible health hazards such as melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Ten other states restrict teenagers as old as 16 from using tanning beds without permission from their parents. Nine others besides Washington are considering legislation this year that would ban all minors from tanning salons. Washington currently has no age restrictions on indoor tanning beds. Under the proposal, salons would be expected to check IDs.