More than 30 states regulate indoor tanning by minors, with some banning children younger than 14 or requiring parental permission.READ MORE: Pfizer Says Its COVID-19 Vaccine More Than 90% Effective In Kids
Illinois and New York are among states considering bills barring anyone under 18 from indoor tanning.
The academy’s stance is part of a policy statement appearing Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
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Lead author Dr. Sophie Balk of Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in New York says indoor tanning is popular among teenage girls. Some make getting a tan part of their senior prom ritual.
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