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Maryland Legislation Introduced to Prohibit Indoor Tanning for Minors
Date:3/10/2010

According to Senator James Robey, originating sponsor of Senate Bill 718, "My district of Howard County, MD, has already led the nation in teen and adolescent safeguards from the well-documented cancer risks and irreversible skin damage caused by the UV-radiation of indoor tanning. This legislation will firmly place Maryland in lockstep with a broad coalition of health professionals, organizations, national agencies and the international community committed to protecting our youth."

Delegate Bill Bronrott, the House sponsor of the HB 1039 stated, "Just as we protect our teen drivers from their own inexperience and false sense of invincibility, we need to protect minors from other harmful behaviors by following the advice of the World Health Organization and numerous other health organizations who support preventing teens exposure to harmful UV rays of tanning beds. Further, melanoma is one of the most common cancers diagnosed among young adults, and 40 percent of teenage girls are using tanning beds each year."

Under current Maryland law enacted in 2008, minors are permitted to use a tanning device at a tanning facility if a minor's parent or legal guardian signs a consent form. Stated JMNMF President Greg Safko, "The body of new evidenc
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