A bill banning some minors from tanning salons just needs the governor’s signature before it can become law.
Indiana is one of 33 states that regulate tanning, and current law allows teenagers under 16 years old to use tanning beds if they have parental approval. The bill the legislature approved last week would ban those teenagers from tanning salons altogether.
In an email, Sen. Patricia Miller, R- Indianapolis, says the proposal will reduce the health hazards tanning causes.
“For those between ages 18 and 25 who have been diagnosed with melanoma, approximately 76 percent of the cases were attributed to indoor tanning device use, so we know there is no safe tanning bed,” Miller said.
Gretchen Moore is the manager of Above and Beyond Tanning in Mooresville. She says the decision on whether minors should be allowed to tan should be left up to their parents, and Moore says some people tan to reduce acne, to get more vitamin D, and to aid in muscle recovery from exercise.
“I have at least 30 people after school that do the whole conditioning that come in and tan,” Moore says. “At the end of the night, I have a lot of adults that are still working out at the gym or going on runs, things like that that will come in and will tan for that sole reason.”
The proposal also would require the State Department of Health to create standards regulating tanning bed use.