Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill into law Thursday that will ban all teenagers from using tanning beds in North Carolina.
The law is called the “Teen Skin Cancer Prevention Act.”
Similar legislation floated around the House and Senate for several years, but this time, it finally landed on the governor’s desk.
Doctors say there is a direct link between indoor tanning and an increased risk for skin cancer.
“I really view it as a public health issue,” said Dr. April Salama, Duke Medicine. “As a physician, I feel like it should be our duty to regulate this more.”
Once McCrory signs the bill into law, no one under the age of 18 will be allowed to use the tanning bed. Previous rules required parental permission for anyone ages 14 to 17 to use a tanning bed and a doctor prescription for anyone younger than 13.
The American Sun Tanning Association opposes the bill saying, “We continue to push for a more intelligent discussion of sun care centered on sunburn prevention and education.”
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