A bill to ban the use of tanning beds for Californians who are 18 or under is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown after winning final approval in the Legislature.
Senate Bill 746, by Democratic Sen. Ted Lieu, would make California the first state in the nation to ban minors from fake baking under the ultraviolet bulbs. Amendments to the bill were approved by the state Senate today on a vote of 24-12.
Current law prohibits youth under 14 to use tanning beds and requires consumers between the ages of 14 and 17 to get permission from a parent or guardian. Supporters say enacting a full ban will protect minors from the harmful effects of exposure to ultraviolet radiation, including the increased risk of skin cancers.
This bill should be signed.
While this bill reeks of the Nanny State, young teenagers should be protected because there are health risks (skin cancer) associated with tanning beds.