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Legislation to Safeguard Young People from Harmful Effects of Indoor Tanning Becomes Law, Says Farry

HARRISBURG – In an effort to protect minors’ from unnecessary exposure to deadly carcinogens, the governor today signed into law legislation preventing teens age 16 years of age and younger from indoor tanning facilities, said Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks), author of the measure.

“Cancer is a diagnosis that no one wants to hear, but more and more young adults are putting themselves at great risk for developing the deadliest type of skin cancer, and all for superficial benefits,” Farry said. “We are concerned many teens and their parents do not fully understand the deadly consequences that can come with it."

According to the Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, melanoma is the most common form of cancer in young adults aged 25-29 years old, and the second most common type of cancer in those aged 15-29. The rise mirrors an increase in the use of tanning beds by young Americans over the past decade.

Approximately 70 percent of tanning salon patrons are girls and women aged 14-29.
The Indoor Tanning Regulation Act includes a “prom carve-out” for 17-year-olds, requiring parental consent to visit an indoor tanning facility.

Additionally, Farry’s legislation requires every tanning facility in Pennsylvania to register with the state, pay an annual fee and post notification to patrons that tanning is carcinogenic. The law also necessitates inspections and safety standards for all tanning facilities.

The World Health Organization classifies radiation emitted from tanning beds as a class I carcinogen, the highest level of carcinogen in the same category as tobacco and asbestos.

“We don’t permit minors to smoke or drink in Pennsylvania, and with research indicating ultraviolet exposure can be equally dangerous, it’s time we join the company of the 40 other states that presently regulate indoor tanning, protecting children from its carcinogenic effects.”

Representative Frank Farry
142nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Abbey Fosnot

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