New Tanning Law Sets Minimum Age at 16 (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw - NBC33

March 5, 2014 Updated Mar 5, 2014 at 7:23 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (NBC33) - The Indiana House of Representatives voted to ban the use of commercial tanning beds for all people under the age of 16. This new legislation would change the current law that requires parental permission for all children under the age of 18.

Lawmakers pushed for the ban due to harmful radiation tanning beds emit which raises the risk of skin cancer, especially in young adults.

The the legal change would not, however apply to tanning services that do not use UV rays like spray tanning.

"It doesn't mean that the kids are not allowed to set foot into our establishment, but we do offer alternatives for color," says Solar Tan general manager Jenna Hacker. "Is it going to protect from UV-A and UV-B rays from the sun? No. But at least they can have that sense of having a good color."

Due to minor changes being made to the bill, it is being sent back to the senate for a final vote before becoming a law.




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