COLUMBUS, Ohio – Children under 16 would be required to have parental consent to access tanning facilities and require a parent to be present for the duration of all tanning sessions, under a bill passed Wednesday in the Ohio House of Representatives.
The bill (HB 131), sponsored by state Reps. Michael Stinziano, D-Columbus, and Terry Johnson, R-McDermott, would also require tanning facilities to develop a consent form to be signed by all tanners that detail the risks of indoor tanning.
“Cigarettes cause cancer. Tanning beds cause cancer. Why do we protect our children from the dangers of tobacco smoke but not from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation from indoor tanning?” said Stinziano.
According to the Ohio State Medical Association, which backs the bill, indoor tanning causes melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.
The American Journal of Public Health reports that tanning bed usage prior to the age of 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 75 percent.
California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Nevada, New Jersey, Texas, and Vermont have already enacted legislation addressing the issue of minors and tanning beds.
The bill will be assigned to a standing Senate committee for further consideration.