Kan. proposes ban on minors using tanning beds

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas lawmakers are weighing whether to prohibit tanning parlors from letting minors use their tanning beds.

The House Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony Tuesday on the bill. The measure includes a maximum $250 fine for businesses that allow customers younger than 18 to use tanning beds.

Proponents said exposure to harmful levels of ultraviolet radiation from tanning beds increases the chances of developing melanoma later in life.

But industry representatives say the message should be one of moderation, not abstinence from UV exposure, whether from the sun or from tanning beds. While they support the proposed regulation, they argue that the conversation should be about proper skin care for all people to avoid cancer and the overuse of sunscreens.

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