Utah Senate Wants Parental Approval for Teens Using Tanning Salons

| by Michael Allen

Minors who want to go to tanning salons would have to get their parent's permission for each visit under a bill passed Wednesday by the Utah Senate, 18-9.

Utah State Sen. Pat Jones said that parents have a responsibility to learn about the risks posed by the ultraviolet light from tanning beds. Sen. Jones said the beds are known to cause cancer and are 15 times more dangerous than afternoon sunlight.

However, State Sen. Howard Stephenson argued that parents should be allowed to give consent just once a year. Sen. Stephenson called his amendment an attempt to “gut the bill,” but the effort failed. Now, the tanning bill goes to the House.

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