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ASDSA Calls on Nevada Governor to Sign Under-18 Indoor Tanning Restrictions
Date:5/28/2013

Rolling Meadows, IL (PRWEB) May 28, 2013

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association calls on Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) to sign a bill (SB 267) that would prohibit minors under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning facilities.

With Gov. Sandoval’s signature, Nevada would become the fourth state in the nation 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 prohibitions to indoor tanning devices.

“The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association calls on Gov. Sandoval to sign SB 267, and we ask the governors of Illinois and Texas to sign the legislation in their states as well,” said ASDSA President Timothy C. Flynn, M.D. “The ASDSA is especially interested in seeing stronger indoor tanning laws throughout the United States. Our members have expressed concerns at the alarming increase in younger patients being diagnosed with skin cancer – often times in advanced stages.”

The new under-18 restrictions in SB 267 would take effect July 1. Nevada currently is one of only 14 states that has no indoor tanning restrictions. Nevada tanning facilities violating the under-18 ban would face penalties up to $500 per offense.

“With the passage of SB 267 through the Nevada Legislature, I am hopeful that Gov. Sandoval will make the under-18-year-old tanning bed ban the law of the land and will continue to protect our youth from developing skin cancers,” said ASDSA SA
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