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Will there be a tan ban for teens in Kansas?

Posted on May 16th, 2012

Patricia Krentcil, 44, of Nutley, N.J., pleaded not guilty to child endangerment this last Wednesday. Krentcil, better known as the “tanning mom,” is facing up to 10 years in prison and a $150,000 fine for allegedly taking her daughter into a tanning booth where the child was badly burned.

Although Krentcil claims her daughter was burned from being outside too long, the story unfolded after the 5-year-old told her classmates she “went tanning with Mommy.” Krentcil defended herself by saying her daughter accompanied her to the salon, but never was inside the tanning booth.

Although this story is getting widespread media coverage, a lesser known fact is that May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention month. With these stories in the news, opportunities for bans on children and youth tanning have arisen.

Chicagorecently proposed a ban for people under 18 from using a tanning salon. Other states are following suit and considering tighter regulations on who can use a tanning salon.

Kansasintroduced a bill in 2010 that did not pass. It prohibited the use of tanning facilities for anyone under the age of 14. It also required parental consent for ages 14-18. Since the bill did not pass, no other bans on tanning have been introduced.

The Indoor Tanning Association, an industry trade group, is battling with the bans saying that “the decision regarding whether or not a teen is allowed to suntan is a decision for parents, not government.”

Although indoor tanning has been linked to eye and skin cancer, teens aged 14-17 are able to tan with parental approval. Statistics show that people who begin tanning younger than age 35 have a 75% higher risk of skin cancer. Also, wrinkles and skin texture change dramatically.

Tans are seen as a sign of healthiness, but it is actually a response to injury. Your skin cells are responding to injury from UV rays by creating more pigment.

Before you make the decision to step inside a tanning booth or sign off on your child tanning, contemplate the risk you and your child are taking. If you decide to use indoor tanning, talk to the salon professionals about proper tanning etiquette and only tan for the suitable amount of time.

If you have been severely burned by a tanning salon that improperly set the timer or the strength of the tanning bed then give us a call. The law office of Ray Hodge & Associates has experience handling cases against tanning salons that have failed to follow industry standards and burned their patrons. Call today for a free consultation at 269-1414.

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