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Senate Weighs Banning Minors From Tanning Salons

Dermatologists: Skin cancer risk rises with each tanning session

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Tanning salons would be off-limits to minors if a bill the Senate is considering becomes law:

Four years ago, legislators banned kids under 16 from tanning parlors, and required 16-and-17-year-olds to have parental consent. Bloomington dermatologist Carrie Davis says every exposure to tanning beds increases your risk of skin cancer, and says the state should do the same thing it does with cigarettes and limit them to adults, with no parental exception.

The Senate Commerce Committee  heard testimony on Fort Wayne Republican Liz Brown's bill, but put off a vote.

Joseph Levy with the American Suntanning Association says 41% of tanning beds are in homes, apartments, or gyms, without trained staff to supervise the intensity. He argues tanning beds are safe if you don't overdo, and contends banning minors would just drive them to those unregulated locations.

(Photo: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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