Rolling Meadows, IL (PRWEB) May 28, 2013
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association calls on Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) to sign a bill (SB 267) that would prohibit minors under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning facilities.
With Gov. Sandoval’s signature, Nevada would become the fourth state in the nation to enact an under-18 tanning ban. California and Vermont enacted similar indoor tanning bans for minors in 2012 while Oregon enacted an under-18 tanning ban on May 16 of this year. Under-18 bills in Texas and Illinois are awaiting actions by their respective governors. Nationwide, 34 states and the District of Columbia have enacted some level of youth access prohibitions to indoor tanning devices.
“The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association calls on Gov. Sandoval to sign SB 267, and we ask the governors of Illinois and Texas to sign the legislation in their states as well,” said ASDSA President Timothy C. Flynn, M.D. “The ASDSA is especially interested in seeing stronger indoor tanning laws throughout the United States. Our members have expressed concerns at the alarming increase in younger patients being diagnosed with skin cancer – often times in advanced stages.”
The new under-18 restrictions in SB 267 would take effect July 1. Nevada currently is one of only 14 states that has no indoor tanning restrictions. Nevada tanning facilities violating the under-18 ban would face penalties up to $500 per offense.
“With the passage of SB 267 through the Nevada Legislature, I am hopeful that Gov. Sandoval will make the under-18-year-old tanning bed ban the law of the land and will continue to protect our youth from developing skin cancers,” said ASDSA SANDS advocate H. L. Greenberg M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in Las Vegas.
SB 267 will help significantly to reduce a minor’s exposure to artificial sources of ultraviolet radiation – a leading cause of skin cancer, Flynn said. People who use a tanning device only once a year increase the risk of developing melanoma by 20 percent, while people who regularly use indoor tanning devices have a 74 percent higher risk of developing melanoma.
“Preventing and treating skin cancer is vital to the public health,” Flynn said. “As dermatologic surgeons, we must educate our patients, particularly teenagers, about the risks associated with indoor tanning.”
In Texas, SB 329, which was sent to Gov. Rick Perry (R) on May 16, would increase the minimum age to tan from 16 years, six months to 18. Current state law prohibits teens under 16 years and 6 months from tanning, and requires teens to obtain parental consent if between the ages of 16 years, six months and 18. Gov. Perry has until June 16 to act on SB 329 before it becomes law without his signature.
In Illinois, HB 188, sponsored by Rep. Robyn Gabel (D) and Senate Minority Leader Catherine Radogno (R), would ban minors from tanning indoors. Illinois currently prohibits minors under the age of 14 from using indoor tanning devices and requires teens ages 14 to 17 to obtain in-person parental consent for each tanning session. HB 188 passed the House March 21 and passed the Senate May 20. The bill heads to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn (D), who will have 60 days to act on the bill before it becomes law without his signature.
About the ASDSA
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) is the largest specialty organization exclusively representing dermatologic surgeons who have unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of your skin. Dermatologic surgeons are experts in skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment. As the incidence of skin cancer rises, dermatologic surgeons are committed to taking steps to minimize the life-threatening effects of this disease. For more information, visit http://asdsa.asds.net.