New Proposal Bans Teens from Tanning Beds

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By Fox 8 Reporter Brittany Harris

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio – State lawmakers are once again trying to ban tanning for teens. They say it’s just too dangerous, but critics argue they shouldn’t be the ones to decide.

Pam Byers owns Fun in the Sun Tanning Salon in North Ridgeville. She thinks parents should be making that call, not the state.

“If they are comfortable with their child at the tanning salon, they go in and inspect it, watch their time, I think it should be left up to them,” she said.

Byers said teens are already required to get parental consent and doesn’t believe there’s a need for another law.

But, others disagree.

Dr. Brian Gastman thinks it might be time for the state to step in, especially now with the rising cases of skin cancer in young people.

“The only factor that we can point to so far has been the use and the increased use of these tanning beds at salons. Whether they`re completely the cause, we don`t know,” said Gastman.

This bill is a little different from others introduced in the past. Tanning salons would be the ones getting in trouble if caught, not the teens. Also, anyone under 18 would be allowed to continue tanning if they get a prescription from the doctor.