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ASDSA Applauds Nevada Governor for Signing Under-18 Indoor Tanning Ban
Date:6/6/2013

Rolling Meadows, Ill. (PRWEB) June 06, 2013

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) applauds Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) for signing a bill (SB 267) prohibiting persons under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning equipment.

With Gov. Sandoval’s June 4 signature, Nevada became the fourth state in the nation, and the second this year, to enact an under-18 tanning ban. California and Vermont enacted similar indoor tanning bans for minors in 2012, while Oregon enacted an under-18 tanning ban on May 16 of this year. Under-18 bills in Texas and Illinois are awaiting actions by their respective governors. Nationwide, 34 states and the District of Columbia have enacted some level of youth access restrictions for indoor tanning devices.

“The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association congratulates Nevada for enacting SB 267,” said ASDSA President Timothy C. Flynn, M.D. “Preventing and treating skin cancer is vital to the public health. As dermatologic surgeons, we must educate our patients, particularly teenagers, about the risks associated with indoor tanning.”

The new under-18 restrictions take effect July 1. Nevada tanning facilities violating the under-18 ban face penalties up to $500 per offense. Nevada was one of only 14 states with no indoor tanning restrictions.

SB 267 will help significantly to reduce a person’s exposure to artificial sources of ultraviolet radiation – a leading cause of skin cancer, Flynn said. People who use a tanning device only once a year increase the risk of developing melanoma by 20 percent, and people who regularly use indoor tanning devices have a 74 percent higher risk of developing melanoma.

“It has been a pleasure to work with the ASDSA,
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