Washington could ban teens under 18 from tanning beds

Washington could ban teens under 18 from tanning beds

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Washington could ban teens under 18 from tanning beds

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 6:00 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Teens under 18 looking for a winter tan in Washington may have to wait until the weather warms up.

A bill in the legislature would make tanning beds illegal for anyone under the age of 18, even with a parent's permission.

The bill's sponsors claim it aims to protect children from the "harmful effects of exposure to ultraviolet radiation associated with tanning devices."

Monica Kelley does not like the idea for two reasons.

Kelley owns a tanning salon in Olympia called "Tanfastic Electric Beach." She said the law would hurt the business she bought earlier this year. She estimates 20 percent of her customers are under 18.

Kelley also does not think using tanning beds is unhealthy and she thinks parents should be able to decide if their younger teens want to get a tan.

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