Tanning Beds Now Illegal for California Minors

Skin cancer risks cited in raising the minimum age
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2011 2:24 AM CDT
Updated Oct 10, 2011 4:01 AM CDT
Tanning beds have been banned for everyone under 18 in California, because of fears of skin cancer.   (PRNewsFoto/ETS Tan LLC)

(Newser) – No more tanning beds for minors in California, reports the Los Angeles Times. Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday signed legislation that raises the minimum age for ultraviolet tanning procedures from 14 (with parental permission) to 18, citing the risks posed by skin cancer. "If everyone knew the true dangers of tanning beds, they'd be shocked,'' said a state senator. "Skin cancer is a rising epidemic, and the leading cause of cancer death for women between 25 and 29." The law goes into effect Jan. 1. (Read more indoor tanning stories.)

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