Rolling Meadows, IL (PRWEB) June 07, 2013
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association(ASDSA) commends Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) for signing Public Act 13-79 (SB 872) that will prohibit minors under the age of 17 from using indoor tanning equipment.
With Gov. Malloy’s June 5 signature, Connecticut joins 34 other states and the District of Columbia in enacting some level of youth access prohibitions to indoor tanning devices.
Several states are going even further. California and Vermont enacted under-18 indoor tanning bans in 2012, while Oregon and Nevada enacted under-18 legislation in the past month. Under-18 bills in Texas and Illinois are awaiting consideration from their respective governors.
“The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association congratulates Gov. Malloy for signing SB 872 as it establishes stronger indoor tanning restrictions for the children of Connecticut,” said ASDSA President Timothy C. Flynn, M.D. “Our members are concerned about the alarming increase in younger patients being diagnosed with skin cancer – often times in advanced stages. This new law intends to help reduce this alarming trend.”
The under-17 restrictions contained in Public Act 13-79 take effect Oct. 1. Connecticut tanning facilities violating the under-17 ban will be subject to a fine not to exceed more than $100 per offense. Current state law requires minors under the age of 16 to obtain parental consent to tan, while teens over the age of 16 have no tanning restrictions.
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.”
Introduced as an under-18 ban, SB 872 – sponsored by the Joint Committee on Public Health – was amended on the floor of the Senate and passed through the upper chamber on May 16. The Connecticut House approved the measure May 23. The bill passed both chambers with bipartisan support.
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 and 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 and 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 using indoor tanning equipment. 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 the Senate May 20 and is currently on the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn (D), who has 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 asdsa.asds.net.