WV Bill to Ban Kids From Tanning Beds Advances

CHARLESTON– Citing skin cancer risks, lawmakers in West Virginia are considering joining more than a dozen other states that prohibit children from using tanning facilities.

A House of Delegates health committee on Tuesday advanced the bill that would strengthen an existing law to a judiciary committee.

Under a 2013 state law, children under the age of 14 are already banned from tanning beds in West Virginia businesses, and those 14 to 17 need parental permission or consent. The latest bill would ban anyone under 18, even if they get parental permission. The bill doesn’t apply to tanning beds in homes.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 43 states regulate minors’ use of tanning facilities, and 15 states and the District of Columbia ban them outright for people under 18.

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