2013 Indoor Tanning Bed Legislation

Indoor tanning and its contribution to skin cancer and melanoma has been a hot topic of discussion for a few years now. With over 30 million people in the US who tan indoors annually, the subject affects us more than we think. 2.3 million indoor tanners are 18-years-old and younger. There is a growing presence of indoor tanning beds in salons, spas, gyms and even apartment complexes. In these non-traditional places people searching for an artificial glow can find it with less supervision and more inexpensively. With the media portraying tan skin as desirable the public is seeing it as normal and common behavior. Studies have shown that between the age of 14 and 17-years-old there is an increase use of tanning beds. This could explain the 60% increase in  Melanoma diagnosis in people age 15-39 over the last 30 years.

The World Health Organization categorizes tanning beds as a carcinogenic to humans, but the FDA only classifies them as a Class 1 device along with bandages and exam gloves that are defined to have minimal potential to cause harm to the user. Tanning beds are harmful and shouldn’t be treated under the same category as bandages and exam gloves. No one has ever died from wearing too many bandages. No one has ever died from wearing an exam glove for too long. People have died from using tanning beds. Young people have died and young people have lost their Mothers, Fathers and loved ones. Our young people are affected and it is up to us to protect them when the vultures of the tanning industry are just waiting to prey on their innocent vanity.

Our young people are the reason why tanning legislation is so important. The goal is to ban minors under 18 from using tanning beds. AIM at Melanoma is an organization committed to the education of tanning dangers and advocating for melanoma awareness. They have compiled a list of each State and their current tanning legislation. AIM is always at the forefront for the advocacy of tanning legislation and have helped many people through their Melanoma journeys.

Take a look at the chart below and see where your state stands. If you are compelled to support tanning legislation in your state contact Samantha Guild at sguild@aimatmelanoma.org

State Bill Description
Alabama HB 179  Prohibits minors under 18 from using a tanning device.
Arizona HB 2402 Prohibits minors under 18 from using a tanning device.
Colorado HB 1215 Prohibits the use of tanning devices by minors under 15 unless the use is prescribed by a physician; requires parental consent form or physician prescription for minors 15 or older but under 18 years of age to use a tanning device.
Connecticut HB 5108 Requires minors under 18 of age to obtain parental/guardian consent.SB 872 As amended, prohibits minors under 17 from using tanning device.
Delaware SB 94  Prohibits minors under 18 from using a tanning device.
Florida SB 1674 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices unelss prescribed by a physician.
Hawaii HB 611 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.SB 399 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.
Idaho HB 191 Prohibits minors under 16 from using tanning devices unless prescribed by a physican.  Requires minors 16 & 17 to obtain in-person parental/guardian consent unless authorized by a physician.HB 268 Prohibits minors under 16 from using tanning devices unless prescribed by a physician. Requires 16 & 17 to obtain in-person parent/guardian consent unless authorized by a physician.
Illinois HB 188 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.SB 2244  Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.
Indiana SB 269 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.
Iowa HF 257 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.SF 258 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.
Maine LD 272 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.
Maryland SB 488 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.
Massachusetts SB 1105 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.
Michigan HB 4405 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.
Minnesota H.F. 676 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.S.F. 816 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.
Missouri HB 47 Requires minors under 17 of age to obtain in-person parental/guardian consent annually.HB 72 Prohibits minors under 6 from using tanning devices.
Montana HB456 Requires minors under 18 to obtain in-person parental/guardian
Nebraska
LB 132 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.
Nevadasigned into law

6/4/13

effective 7/1/13

SB 267  As amended, prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices. Provides for regulation.
New Jerseycarroversigned into law 4/1/13

effective 10/1/13

A 2142 and S 1172 As amended, would prohibit minors under 17 from tanning devices. Prohibit minors under 14 from spray tans. A minor older than 14 but less than 18 may use spray tanning with consent from parent/legal guardian.
North Carolina HB 18 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.S 167 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.
North Dakota HB 1188 Repeals chapter 23‑39 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the regulation of tanning facilities.
Ohio SB 113 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning beds. Allows for a doctor to prescribe tanning device use.HB 131 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices. Allows for a doctor to prescribe tanning device use.
Oklahoma SB 345 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.SB 816 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices. Allows for a doctor to prescribe tanning device use.
Oregonsigned into law 5/16/13

effective 1/1/14

 

HB 2896 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices. Allows for a doctor to prescribe tanning device use.
Pennsylvania HB 977 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices. Provides for some regulation.HB 1257 Prohibits minors under 17 from using tanning devices. Parental consent for 17 year olds.
Texas HB 598 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.SB 329 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.
Virginia SB 1274 Prohibits minors under 15 from using a tanning device. Requires minors who are 15, 16, and 17, and are not emancipated under VA law, obtain parent/guardian consent.
Washington SB 5521 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.SB 5455  Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.

HB 1585  Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.

West VirginiaSB 464

signed into law 4/1/13

effective 7/12/13

HB 2768 Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices. 

SB 464 As amended, prohibits minors under 14 from using tanning devices. Requires parental consent for 14 – 17 year olds.

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