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SC: No Kids in Tanning Beds

Bill could ban teens

April 04, 2019 - 3:32 pm

South Carolina teens soon might not be able to go to the tanning salon.  In a measure approved by the South Carolina House, kids under 18 would be banned from using a tanning booth.

The bill passed overwhelmingly in the state House by a vote of 79 to 39.  The idea is to prevent teens from getting skin cancer.  Tanning facilities would have to post signs about the age requirement while violators would face a $500 fine.

Democratic State Rep. Beth Bernstein of Richland, the sponsor of the bill, says that the measure is also being supported by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. 

The American Cancer Society says that nationwide studies show skin cancer rates, the most common type of cancer, have been rising over the past 30 years, and tanning booths concentrate artificial UV radiation, making them more damaging than the sun.  

The State Department of Health and Environmental Control shows there are 2,644 tanning bed and booths in some 393 facilities across the state.  In the Upstate, Spartanburg County has 29 such facilities, while there are 28 in Greenville County.

The bill now heads to the S.C. Senate.


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