New York’s Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a law on July 16 prohibiting the use of indoor tanning beds by children ages 16 and younger. The law also requires 17 year olds to obtain parental consent before using indoor tanning beds.
Indoor tanning beds increase the risk of developing skin cancer and expose skin to harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation that is far more intense than UV radiation from the sun. The melanoma rates for young women are rapidly increasing, and they are the primary users of indoor tanning beds.
More than 2 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year however, 30 million people in the U.S. continue to tan indoors. The New York law seeks to protect young people from the heightened risk of skin cancer and prevents early exposure to dangerous UV radiation.
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