Teen Ban from Sunbed Tan
Starting January 01, minors aged 18 and below are banned from using sunbeds to get an artificial tan in California.
Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill making the act illegal in the state of California.
Although regulated in most US states, California is the first to ban their use for minors. California State senator Ted Lieu, who sponsored the bill, said that young people have to be protected from the "lethally dangerous" radiation used in sunbeds.
Persons under 18 make up between 5% to 10% of its customers according to the US Indoor Tanning Association. They also say that this new law would hurt business.
After a research study which concluded that the risk of melanoma was increased by 75% in people who started using sunbeds regularly, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that sunbeds are "carcinogenic to humans" and classified them into its highest cancer risk category.
Teens may have to take the recourse of getting their tan the natural way. There might even be a surge of teens using fake IDs to get into tanning salons.