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Teens and tanning: Ohio Senate passes bill requiring parental consent

Our statehouse bureau reporter Laura Bischoff reports that the Ohio Senate voted 26-4 Thursday night to restrict — but not ban — teens using tanning beds. The bill requires parents sign consent forms at the salon for 16- and 17-year-olds to be allowed to use tanning beds. Parents would have to both sign the consent and attend each tanning session for anyone under the age of 16.

“The science is clear – if you use indoor tanning beds, your risk of developing skin cancer significantly increases,” Dr. Elizabeth Kiracofe told lawmakers last week in testimony. “The incidence of malignant melanoma is especially increasing in young adult women, due to their exposure to hazardous ultraviolet tanning bed radiation.”

She noted that 24 states and the District of Columbia ban minors from using indoor tanning beds.

The American Cancer Society did not support the bill because it does not go far enough, Lehner said.

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