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ASDSA Urges Oregon Governor to Sign Under-18 Indoor Tanning Restrictions
Date:5/18/2013

Rolling Meadows, IL (PRWEB) May 18, 2013

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association urges Oregon Gov. John A. Kitzhaber, M.D., (D) to sign a bill (HB 2896) that would strengthen existing state law by prohibiting minors under the age of 18 from tanning indoors.

With Gov. Kitzhaber’s signature, Oregon would become the third state in the nation to enact an under-18 tanning ban. California and Vermont already have enacted similar indoor tanning bans for minors. 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 urges Gov. Kitzhaber to sign HB 2896,” said ASDSA President Timothy C. Flynn, M.D. “The ASDSA supports legislation or government action that helps prevent skin cancer. With melanoma rates rising, particularly for young women, prohibiting youth access to indoor tanning facilities can only help decrease the instances of skin cancer.”

The new under-18 restrictions in HB 2896 would take effect Jan. 1, 2014. Current Oregon law allows a minor to tan only if permission is granted by a parent or guardian in person. Oregon tanning facilities violating the under-18 ban would face penalties up to $500 per offense.

HB 2896 will help to significantly reduce a minor’s exposure to artificial sources of ultraviolet radiation – a leading cause of skin cancer, Flynn said. Using a tanning device only once a year increases a user’s risk of developing melanoma by 20 percent, while people who regularly use indoor tanning devices have a 74 percent higher risk of developing melanoma.

“Preventing and treating skin cancer is vital to the public health,” Flynn said. “As dermatologic surgeons,
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