Risser Bill Would Ban the Use of Tanning Facilities by Minors

(MADISON)—State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) is proposing legislation that would ban minors from using tanning facilities.

Current law allows minors 16-years old and older to use an indoor tanning facility. Risser’s proposal would increase the minimum age for using a tanning facility to 18 years old.

This proposal stems from concerns over the increased risks of melanoma for individuals who use tanning beds.

“The higher prevalence of skin cancer among young adults is a serious issue and many teens are unaware of the harm that frequent indoor tanning can do to one’s skin. This bill is good public policy and would bring awareness to the risks of exposure to UV rays.”

The results of a recent study by the Mayo Clinic, funded through the National Institutes of Health, show that skin cancer is on the rise among young people, especially women in their 20s and 30s. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that frequent exposure to UV rays for individuals under the age of 35 increases the risk of developing melanoma by 75%.

According to the National Conference of State Legislators, 42 states and the District of Columbia regulate the use of tanning facilities by minors, including 11 states that currently ban the use of tanning facilities for anyone under the age of 18.

Risser’s proposal is being circulated for co-sponsors.