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.

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