October 9th, 2011
07:52 PM ET

New law makes tanning beds off-limits to most California teens

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Sunday a bill that prohibits most teenagers from getting bronzed in tanning beds, making the Golden State the first to do so.

State Sen. Ted Lieu said he first tried, and failed, in 2007 to make it illegal for people between the ages of 14 and 18 to walk into a facility and use ultraviolet beds to tan. Four years later, his effort finally paid off.

"I feel great," Lieu told CNN of the bill's passage. "I believe it will help save lives and prevent unnecessary suffering."

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  1. kcCritic

    This story reminded me of the 2 girls here in KC that died when they went to 2 or 3 tanning beds in a matter of a couple hours, trying to get a good tan for prom. It did something to their liver? I don't remember the whole story.... It was quite awhile back when it happend. Tanning beds aren't safe, and teens, as well as some adults, don't always use good judgement when using th
    em..

    October 10, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • rdebo

      we already have a law saying that you are only permitted into a tanning bed one time every 24 hours. tanning is safe, if your smart about it.

      October 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anomic Office Drone

    I'm not normally a fan of things like this, but bad parenting is on the rise in this country. What business does a child have using a tanning booth anyway?

    October 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andreas Moser

    Isn't this racist?
    This targets whites only, because blacks don't need fake tans.

    October 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • rdebo

      then any black person or anyone of color shouldn't have to worry about this new law now should they? No, its not racist.

      October 10, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. EBMMommy

    Indoor tanning in teens and young adults is associated with a 75% increase in melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer. It's about time it's outlawed in minors. The tanning industry is where the tobacco companies were 20 years ago. Read about the similarities on my blog, http://www.evidencebasedmommy.com.

    October 13, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
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