ST. PAUL, MINN. – A bill authored by Senator Chris Eaton (DFL-Brooklyn Center) that would establish an age limit on the use of tanning equipment was recently sent to the Senate Floor.
S.F. 1901 would prohibit minors from using indoor tanning facilities and would require proprietors to hang signage to that effect. The bill was written in response to the incidence of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, more than doubling since 1995 among young women.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 2.3 million teens ages 13 to 17 tan indoors annually. There are currently 36 states that regulate indoor tanning of minors and two states that have banned indoor tanning for people 18 and under.
Research has conclusively linked indoor tanning to increased risk of melanoma, especially for children. More than 1,200 people in Minnesota are diagnosed with melanoma each year, with approximately 126 deaths resulting from the disease – numbers that Sen. Eaton believes can be reduced if S.F. 1901 is passed into law.
“Tanning beds are classified as Class 1 carcinogens – the same class as cigarettes,” said Sen. Eaton. “If we ban the sale of cigarettes to minors in an effort to keep them safe, we should impose the same kind of ban with tanning beds. It’s one thing we can do to curb the significant rise in melanoma diagnoses here in Minnesota.”
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