Connecticut lawmakers consider indoor tanning ban for teens
Young people in Connecticut could be banned from using indoor tanning services under a bill being considered.
The state Senate voted unanimously Thursday to pass legislation forbidding anyone under 17 from using an indoor tanning device. Currently, people under age 16 must receive written parental consent to receive tanning services. This proposal would eliminate the exception for parental consent.
Any operator who knowingly allows someone under 17 to use a tanning bed would face a fine of up to $100. The American Cancer Society says ultraviolent radiation exposure during childhood and adolescence increases skin cancer risks.
But the American Suntanning Association, which opposes the bill, says the bill will encourage teenagers to use unregulated home equipment. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.