WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News

New State Law: Young Teens and Tanning Beds

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

June 25, 2007

New state laws passed by the general assembly go into effect on July 1st and one of those laws is targeted at potential health risks for young people.

The most recent law in Virginia is aimed at underage teens that enjoy indoor tanning.

"I don't have a problem with that. I think that when they are older they have their own prerogative to do that, but at fifteen they can't make that decision themselves whether it’s healthy or not," said Andrea Zullo.

Zullo isn't a huge fan of indoor tanning, but she does have an older teenage daughter who she let tan for high school prom.

Zullo said, "I’ve done it in the past so I didn't think it would be too harmful if she didn't make a habit of it. But she did ask me first and I was surprised that the tanning salon didn't need my permission."

The law says that before a customer can use a tanning device, the salon must get a parental signature every six months for anyone who is under the age of fifteen.

“I think the general idea would by that this is something that actually has health affects on young people and so just like with piercing and with tattoos we said we do want to have your pants say that its okay before you do go in a tanning salon because there’s affects obviously on skin health and there’s some issues about cancer risks and what not," said delegate rob bell.

Virginia will join 25 other states on placing limits on teens seeking a bronze glow from a tanning bed.

There are an estimated thirty million tanning customers in America and one million new cases of skin cancer every year.

According to the academy of dermatology, one million people using tanning beds daily and 70% of those are white females ages 15 to 49.


The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
     
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
     
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.

 

powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 8175197