Tanning Bill OK’d by NC House

A measure to keep minors out of tanning beds in North Carolina has passed the NC House and now heads to the Senate.

What’s become known as the tanning bill would prohibit children under 18 from using a tanning bed.

The legislation has drawn a mixed reaction. Health Professionals seem to be in favor of the law, while tanners, and those in the tanning industry claim evidence isn’t conclusive that tanning beds cause melanoma.

Dermatologist Dr. Michell Lokitz is backing lawmakers for their efforts to create the ban, “We have seen such a high incidence in correlation in skin cancer—especially melanoma, which can be deadly,–and even one exposure to a tanning bed.”

Others such as Gena Tripplett, who operates a tanning salon in North Carolina, say the ban could lead to worse decisions, “If the kids want to tan, what’s going to happen by this ban passing is they are going to home during the hottest part of the day, get out in the sun; they don’t know when to come in and they are going to get a burn.”

Currently children under 13 cannot use a tanning bed with a written prescription from a doctor. Minors 14 to 17 must have a parent’s permission only.