Prom season and graduation is just around the corner, but high schoolers might have to find other ways to tan besides tanning beds.
Many tanning salons already require minors under the age of 18 to have their parent’s permission before using tanning devices, but this bill closes that loophole completely.
“We wouldn’t let kids get a permission slip to smoke, so we shouldn’t let them get a permission slip to tan. Both cause cancer,” Julie Hart, NY Government Relations Director at American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, said.
According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, people who use tanning devices before the age of 35 increase their risk of developing melanoma by 59 percent.
“Melanoma is the most serious kind of skin cancer. Kids aren’t thinking about that when they are going to an indoor tanning device.”
In just this year alone, it is estimated that almost 5,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma in New York.
“This is a health care matter and we want to make sure that our children aren’t exposed to these harmful rays any sooner than they need to be,” Assemblyman John McDonald (D-Cohoes) said.
The bill will now proceed to the Senate to be voted on.
Fifteen states have already passed similar legislation.