Assembly, Senate Pass Teen Tanning Protections Bill
Albany, NY – Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) today announced passage in both the Assembly and the Senate of legislation (A07905A/S6016-A) she sponsored would prohibit the use of indoor tanning devices by minors under the age of 18. The bill was sponsored in the Senate by Senator Tony Avella (D-Queens).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tanning during adolescence or early adulthood increases the risk of melanoma, one of the deadliest types of skin cancer.
“As Chair of the Assembly Committee on Children and Families and a member of the Assembly Health Committee, protecting our children’s health and safety is a top priority. Indoor tanning devices increase the risk for skin cancer among our youth whose skin is still developing, and have been well documented,” said Assemblywoman Jaffee. “And yet, given the many myths and misconceptions perpetuated by the tanning industry, young consumers and their parents may not be fully aware of the dangers of youthful exposure to indoor Ultraviolet (UV) radiation until they arrive at the tanning salon door. This legislation will help reduce the serious and potentially deadly health risks related to indoor tanning devices.”
The bill would be effective immediately.