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After 'tanning mom,' N.J. law bans kids from tanning beds

Published On: Apr 03 2013 09:58:52 AM EDT
Tan mom Patricia Krentcil



New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation banning anyone under 17 from using a tanning bed and anyone under 14 from getting a spray tan a year after the state's Tanning Mom became a tabloid sensation.

The legislation was developed after Patricia Krentcil of Nutley, N.J., was charged last year with child endangerment after her daughter showed up at school with a sunburn and officials accused her of taking the child into a tanning booth.

The deeply tanned woman became known as the Tanning Mom, but a grand jury declined to indict her in February.


The measure signed Monday night allows 17-year-olds to use tanning salons provided a parent or guardian accompanies them to their first visit and consents.

Christie cites the "documented and well-understood" risks associated with the misuse of indoor tanning systems as a main reason for signing the legislation.