April 15, 2012

More States Restricting Teens’ Access to Tanning Salons


With her prom at Staley High School two weeks away, 16-year-old Briana Traylor put on eye covers and hopped into a tanning bed in a Northland salon…These days Briana, a fair-skinned blonde, can use a tanning bed anytime she wants in Missouri without her parents’ permission. But Republican state Rep. Gary Cross of Lee’s Summit recently introduced a bill in the Missouri House to change that…The authors of a recent Mayo Clinic study have called for a national ban on tanning beds for anyone under 18. The World Health Organization is even more critical, saying that no one under 35 should use tanning beds because they raise the risk for melanoma by 75 percent.

Additional coverage: University of Alabama, KVOA Tucson,



Kansas City Star by James Fussell   4/15/12

Tags: Gary Cross, Legal / Leadership, melanoma, Research, tanning bed ban, World Health Organization

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