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ASDSA Welcomes Governor’s Approval of West Virginia Indoor Tanning Restrictions
Date:5/4/2013

(PRWEB) May 04, 2013

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association applauds policymakers in West Virginia for approving a bill (SB 464) prohibiting minors under the age of 14 from seeking indoor tanning services and requiring teens ages 14 to 17 to obtain consent from a parent or guardian prior to using a tanning device.

With the May 1 signature of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin(D), West Virginia joins Washington, D.C., and 33 states that have enacted legislation restricting youth access to tanning devices. Those restrictions ban minors under a certain age from tanning and/or require parental consent. Of the 16 other states with no youth access laws, 13 have introduced similar legislation in 2013.

The new tanning restrictions in West Virginia take effect July 12. No laws existed in the state to prevent minors of any age from tanning indoors prior to the enactment of SB 464.

“The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association thanks the elected policymakers in West Virginia for enacting first-of-their-kind indoor tanning restrictions in the state,” said ASDSA President Timothy C. Flynn, M.D. “The ASDSA supports legislation or government action that helps prevent skin cancer. Melanoma rates have been steadily increasing over the past three decades, particularly for young women, the primary users of indoor tanning facilities. Prohibiting access to indoor tanning for young people can only help decrease the instances of skin cancer as teens mature into adults.”

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