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Gov. Corbett signs bill regulating tanning beds

Published On: May 06 2014 05:07:02 PM CDT
Updated On: May 06 2014 06:28:37 PM CDT

New bill would put the brakes on teen tanning

Teenagers of a certain age will no longer be allowed to tan at Pennsylvania tanning salons and salons will face new regulations.

Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill Tuesday that bans anyone younger than 17 from using tanning beds and requires parental permission for 17 year-olds.

Tanning facilities will also have to register with the state and pay an annual fee, get inspected and post notifications stating tanning is carcinogenic.

The age restrictions go into effect in 60 days.

Krysti Fasching, the owner of Wake N Bake Coffee-Tan in Allentown, said she will lose business without the younger customers.

"Right now is prom season, this is the highest my sales' been all year, all year," she said.

While her customers range in age, Fasching said since it is prom season most of her current customers are younger than 20.

"If this decreases and I have to shut my doors, I don't know what I would do," she said.

Fasching said she thinks it should be a parent's decision about when a teenager can tan.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society is among the organizations showing support for the law.

Dr. Rohit Sharma, a Lehigh Valley Health Network surgical oncologist with a focus on skin cancer, also supports the age restrictions.

"Almost all my patients who are in their teens and have melanoma have been exposed to tanning salons," he told 69 News. "There is very strong evidence that tanning salons give rise to increased incidents of melanoma."

He added, "We have very strong evidence that younger people should not be exposed to tanning salons, and especially they do not understand the consequences, the long term consequences and the price they have to pay in the long term."

Lehigh Valley Health Network is hosting a free skin screening Wednesday 6-8 p.m. at its Cedar Crest location. The event is at the John and Dorothy Morgan Cancer Center. To register, call 610-402-CARE.