Briella TomassettiJun 13, 2018, 4:54 pm

Lawmakers vote to make 18 the minimum age for indoor tanning

People who use tanning booths during adolescence are at a higher risk of developing melanoma, according to the CDC


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is poised to prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning booths.

The proposed rule passed the state Senate on Tuesday after passing the Assembly in April. It now heads to the desk of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Current law already bars anyone 16 or younger from tanning booths, which expose users to ultraviolet radiation and can increase the risk of skin cancer.

Raising the minimum age for tanning booths has the support of the American Cancer Society, which says indoor tanning devices are particularly dangerous for young people who may not be aware of the risk.

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