Tanning bed ban for young people again clears NC House

NC tanning-bed ban for young people clears Senate committee (Image 1)

The North Carolina House has again agreed to ban children from using tanning beds in the state, citing efforts to protect young people from skin cancer.

The chamber voted 103-12 on Tuesday for legislation that nearly mirrors a bill that passed the House two years ago but stalled in the Senate. This year’s version is named for Rep. Jim Fulghum, who died last year and was a sponsor of the 2013 bill.

Current law prohibits anyone 13 or younger from using tanning salon equipment unless a doctor gives the child a written prescription. Licensing rules require children 14 to 17 to only have a parent’s permission. The bill bars tanning-bed use for everyone under 18.

The measure now goes to the Senate.

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