Bill Would Ban Tanning for Ohio Minors
Updated: Wednesday, May 1 2013, 08:04 PM EDT
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Some state lawmakers want to keep kids out of tanning salons in Ohio.
A bipartisan bill was announced Wednesday that would bar anyone under 18 from accessing tanning facilities without a doctor's prescription.
The bill is sponsored by Representatives Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus) and Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) and supported by the Ohio State Medical Association.
Indoor tanning has been linked to multiple types of skin cancer. The industry has become the subject of scrutiny in recent years from lawmakers and health officials across the U.S.
“Cigarettes cause cancer. Tanning beds cause cancer," Stinziano said. "Why do we protect our children from the dangers of tobacco smoke but not from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation from indoor tanning?”
The proposed legislation would also require employees of tanning businesses to "make reasonable efforts" to verify the age of their customers.
Current state law requires Ohioans under 18 to receive permission from their parents in order to use indoor tanning facilities. California and Vermont are the only U.S. states to ban indoor tanning for minors.