Get ready to see a lot more pasty teenagers at the Jersey Shore this summer.
Yesterday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law that bans children under the age of 17 from using tanning beds in the Garden State.
The law comes from the case of Nutley, N.J. resident Patricia Krentcil, a.k.a. “Tan Mom,” who was arrested last year after being accused of taking her then five-year-old daughter Anna into a tanning bed with her.
“Governmental regulation of the private sector should always be carefully scrutinized, and sparingly adopted,” Gov. Christie said in a statement. “The new restrictions imposed by this bill followed a single but breathlessly reported incident of a parent bringing a minor child into a tanning facility.”
Under the new law, teens age 17 and older must have a parent or guardian give their consent before they can soak up the cancer-causing, artificial rays. The law also bans children under 14 from getting spray tans.
Ms. Krentcil herself felt the heat and has since gotten out from under the U.V. light. She denied the charges and her case was dropped, and, as of last summer, she actually looks like a reasonable person.
But seriously kids, skin cancer is no joke. When Gov. Christie signed the bill into law he noted that tanning and sunburn before age 35 can increase the risk of melanoma by 75 percent. Lather up, stay out of the sun and embrace your ghostly complexion.