Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 6:31 am
First things first, Washington University Dermatologist, Lynn Cornelius, said anyone under 18 years old has no business using a tanning bed. In fact, she really doesn’t like tanning beds at all, and said they’re directly linked to higher rates of skin cancer.
“It’s very similar to smoking,” Cornelius said. “If you look at how the World Health Organization and how they classify artificial light from artificial devices, it is a group one carcinogen, which means it is the same as tobacco smoke.”
The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require most teenagers to get their parents’ permission to use tanning beds.
Those younger than 17 would have to have a parent or guardian show up in person at the tanning salon and sign a document giving their consent. The bill’s sponsor, GOP House Member Gary Cross of Lee’s Summit, says his daughter suffered cell damage from regular tanning bed use.