NJ Teens May Soon Be Banned From Using Tanning Beds

tanning bedThe American Academy of Pediatrics became the latest medical organization to endorse legislation such as one sponsored by Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini that would ban minors from using a tanning bed. “Tanning beds are very dangerous to teenagers because they irrevocably damage young skin and increase the risk of cancer,” Angelini, R-Monmouth, said. “The American Academy of Pediatrics has consistently opposed the use of tanning beds for minors and I’m glad to see them formally endorse legislation like mine that would ban teenagers from these toxic spas.”

Last summer, the Republican introduced A-2867, that would prohibit anyone 18-years or younger from using tanning beds. A similar Senate version has bipartisan support. Current law prohibits those younger than 14, but teens between 14- and 18-years-old can tan with a parent’s permission.

“That is inconsistent and dangerous public policy,” Angelini said. “As someone who has been treated for skin cancer, I hope this endorsement is the final spur the Legislature needs to protect the public health of New Jersey’s teenagers.”

The Academy represents 60,000 pediatricians and with a policy statement published Feb. 28 joins other groups such as the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Dermatology that are pushing for a ban. TLS.

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