Tanning bed bill passes Assembly

TRENTON – The tanning bed bill that would ban their use by those ages 14-17 was approved by the Assembly 58-7-13 today.

A2142 revises previous law that permitted tanning bed use by that age group if they had parental consent.

This bill recognizes the risk of skin cancer as well as seeks to counter mass media advertising that sometimes presents indoor tanning as harmless, bill supporters have said.

But the tanning salon industry has argued the bill is a knee-jerk reaction to the story of the Nutley mother who was accused of taking her daughter into a tanning booth, an account the mother has denied.

Alison McHose, (R-24), Franklin, unsuccessfully attempted to have the bill tabled.

One of the main sponsors, Ralph Caputo, (D-28), Belleville, said he had to talk his own son out of using tanning facilities, and said the danger and lure for young people shows why such a bill is necessary.

Caroline Casagrande, (R-12), Colts Neck, said it is senseless to require parental permission for an option that is safe: spray tanning. As a result, she said she would abstain.

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