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Stricter laws make it more difficult for teens to use indoor tanning beds

Posted On Mon, December 27, 2010

Young teens may find hoping into a tanning bed a bit more difficult in New York thanks to new rules recently announced by State Health Commissioner Richard Daines.

To help reduce the effects of indoor tanning beds, new regulations require salon operators to ensure all patrons have protective eyewear and those under 18 have signed parental consent to use the facility.

American Cancer Society of New York and New Jersey vice president of advocacy Peter Slocum says some consumers may not be aware of the harmful health consequences using a tanning bed can present.

"These new regulations represent real steps forward toward limiting use of cancer-causing indoor tanning facilities by youth," says Slocum. "So often young people and their parents are unaware of how deadly indoor tanning can be."

Indoor tanning has been associated with an increased risk of developing skin cancer. Those who have successfully battled the condition may find themselves being charged higher life insurance rates as a result.

According to date from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 8,000 people die annually from skin melanoma.  

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