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2010 and 2009 Indoor Tanning Legislation

In 2009, the Howard County Board of Health in Maryland passed the strictest indoor tanning legislation in the country.  The Board voted unanimously to approve regulations to ban individuals under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning devices unless authorized by a physician.  This became the first jurisdiction in the country to provide comprehensive protection for all minors under the age of 18 against the dangers of indoor tanning.

 

Statewide, in 2009, Texas passed the strictest indoor tanning legislation in the country.  Minors under the age of 16.5 are now banned from using a tanning facility.  Parents/guardians of minors 16.5 to 18 must provide a signed consent form at tanning facilities.

 

On the federal level, in 2010, President Obama signed into law the national health care bill, which included a provision that stated that there is a 10 percent tax on all indoor tanning services.

 

Below are the states that passed Indoor Tanning Legislation in 2010...

 

Georgia

Bans minors under the age of 14.  Minors 14 t0 18 must have in person parental consent before use.

 

Wyoming 

Requires parental accompaniment and consent for minors under 15.  Minors 15 to 18 must have parental consent.

 

 

Below are the states that passed Indoor Tanning Legislation in 2009...

 

Arkansas

Requires in person parental consent under 18.


Delaware

Bans under the age of 14, unless medically necessary and prescribed by the specified practitioners.  Minors between 14 and 18 must provide in person parental consent which is effective for 1 year.

 

Maine

Bans under the age of 14.  Requires in person parental consent for minors under 18 which is effective for 1 year.  Parent must be present for minors 14-15.

 

Mississippi

Requires in person parental consent under 18 and which is effective for 1 year.  Parent must be present under the age of 14.

Texas

Bans under the age of 16.5.  Minors 16.5 to 18 must provide in person parental consent.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer - a division of the World Health Organization - also released a report that declared UV radiation from tanning beds is a "carcinogenic to humans" like cigarettes.

 

AIM at Melanoma is actively working on 2011 legislation and has already secured several legislators who are willing to introduce tanning legislation next year.  Our hope is that the successes achieved in 2010 and 2009 will make other states and jurisdictions take on this issue and that more restrictions will go into effect.

 

If you are interested in learning more about the 2010 and 2009 legislative sessions or our efforts in 2011, please contact Samantha Guild at sgulid@AIMatMelanoma.org