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. citizen

    Look closely and connect the dots between tanning beds and a certain pipeline in the Caspian basin.

    October 9, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lurker

    What kind of freaking leap is THAT?

    October 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I don't want my government to protect me from myself.
    Some people are too challenged to use common sense?
    See Darwin.

    October 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mmmmm

    Awl shucks, no more teenie toasters...

    October 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Smedley

    Is that anything like the five degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon?

    October 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Money, tanning salon, caviar...

    October 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    I think, with parental consent, it should be all right...

    Really now?

    October 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Hello, banasy!
    Say hello back?

    October 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mmmmm

    ...and parents can consent to illegal activity..,lol

    October 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Was ist das Snob?
    Alberich...ewig Alberich.

    October 9, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Hi, JIF.
    Sorry about the Missouri/Mississippi thing.

    What I MEANT was:
    There was no need to outlaw this, with parental consent, it probably would have been no reason to waste time and money outlawing this.
    NOT that they'd consent to an illegal act!

    October 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      ...just saying...wouldnt it be more practical to send thingirl Zoe and doughboy Joey outside...you kno'...to that big vitamin d converter in the sky?

      October 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insaniy"

    The teen will just go to the beach, and get burned and get skin cancer anyways.

    October 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mmmmm

    nothin' like a greasy mineral oil tan...

    October 9, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fernace

    Ok, I'll say hi, JIF & I agree with you! Tanning beds have a certain danger factor as do cigs, riding a rollercoaster & coloring your hair! As I did with the HPV vaccine, I think this should be a parental decision, not governmental! It will "save lives," they say, but should the government be in the business of saving our lives? I think again, moderation & logic is key! We'll wear seatbelts & motorcycle helmets for protection because it is safer, & of course we want clean air & water, but this seems like micromanaging to me!!

    October 9, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mmmmm

    I guess the California want to pass a law that would move those expired suntan products off retail shelves...revitalizing oldtime coppertone bottom pulling dog days.

    October 9, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
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