Strides Made in Indoor Tanning Legislation
During the 2011 legislative session, more bills than ever were introduced to ban minors under 18 years of age from using indoor tanning beds - 38 bills were introduced in 22 states (click here for specifics by state).
The Indoor Tanning Association (ITA) vigorously opposed these bills. Despite their opposition, we have seen some big wins.
In California, a bill banning minors under 18 years of age from using indoor tanning beds, passed through the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, and the Senate Appropriation Committee. Now, it will go to the full Senate. (The same bill did not pass in 2007.)
In Illinois, the same bill as above passed the Senate Public Health Committee. We hope to have more hearings on this bill in the Fall.
In Rhode Island, a similar bill has received an enormous amount of support. The bill passed the Senate and is making its way through the Assembly.
Major television stations like ABC, Good Morning America, and CNN have aired stories on the dangers of indoor tanning.
AIM thanks Lisa Andrews, Annie Crockford, Renee Folk, Erin O'Connor, Donna Regen, Skin of Steele, Katie Stegle, and Sharon Swanger for their support!
Read what Melanoma Survivor Lisa Andrews has to say about supporting indoor tanning legislation.
To learn how you can get involved, please contact Samantha at sguild@AIMatMelanoma.org.