BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would bar anyone under 18 from using tanning beds.
The bill was approved Wednesday.
Proponents of the bill say there’s a sharp rise in the number of young people diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Supporters include dermatologists who treat skin cancer patients.
Doctors believe the rise is linked to the increased use of sunbeds, which became popular in the 1970s.
Salon owners say tanning beds are safe if used responsibly.
Massachusetts law currently allows teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 to visit tanning salons with consent from a parent or legal guardian. Children under 14 can only use a tanning bed if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The Senate approved the bill last year.
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