Youth Indoor Tanning Ban Authored by Assemblyman Weisenberg Signed Into Law

July 16, 2012
Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Nassau County) announced that legislation he authored to ban indoor tanning bed use for all children under the age of 17 has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo (A.1074-B). After years of discussion over a proper age limit for indoor tanning, the new ban will help keep young children safe from the dangers of skin cancer, according to Assemblyman Weisenberg.

“Indoor tanning at an early age is, unfortunately, one of those things that people live to regret,” Assemblyman Weisenberg said. “Skin damage inflicted at an early age can cause major health problems down the road and with this new law in place, we can better protect our children and grandchildren.”

Repeated exposure to the UV rays produced by tanning beds increases the chance of developing melanoma, the most fatal form of skin cancer, responsible for over 80 percent of skin cancer deaths. Studies have shown that indoor tanning among teenagers has increased 27 percent since 1998. [1]

In 2006, Assemblyman Weisenberg authored a law that prohibited children under the age of 14 from using indoor tanning beds, and required those between the ages of 14 and 17 to have written permission from their parent or guardian prior to using indoor tanning beds (Ch. 573 of 2006). The new law bans anyone age 16 or younger from using an indoor tanning bed and requires 17-year-olds to have written permission from a parent or guardian.

“It’s been a long battle, but this new law will go a long way toward protecting our children and our families from the often fatal consequences of melanoma.” Assemblyman Weisenberg concluded.

[1] American Cancer Society. “Indoor Tanning Beds Increase the Risk of Cancer” March 2010.