NE Lawmakers Could Soon Ban Minors from Tanning Facilities

tanning-bed-no-minorsNebraska lawmakers heard passionate public testimony on a measure that would ban minors from tanning facilities, amid concerns that tanning beds can cause skin cancer.

The Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee held a hearing on the issue Friday at the Capitol. Several skin cancer survivors and dermatologists spoke in favor of the bill, while the tanning bed industry opposed it.

Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha introduced the measure, which would ban minors under the age of 18 from using tanning beds. Nebraska currently does not have any age restrictions on indoor tanning.

Nordquist says he is concerned about ultraviolet rays used in tanning beds that can cause cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says those under 35 who tan have a 75% higher risk of melanoma.