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 7 comments Comments 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.