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California law bans indoor tanning for people under age 18

October 10, 2011 | 11:04 am

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Californians under age 18 will no longer be able to use ultraviolet tanning devices, according to a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday. SB 746, which goes into effect Jan. 1, supercedes the existing law that prohibits people under age 14 from using UV tanning devices and requires consent from a parent or legal guardian for people 14 to 18 years old who want to use one.

Though 30 other states have some age restrictions on UV tanning device use, the California law is the first in the country to set such a high age requirement.

Repeated exposure to ultraviolet light, both indoors and outdoors, increases the risk of several types of skin cancer, including its most dangerous form, melanoma, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Assn.

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 -- Susan Carpenter

Photo: A client tans in a stand-up UV bed at a West Hollywood tanning salon. Credit: Christina House / For the Los Angeles Times

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