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Law Will Soon Ban Underage Indoor Tanning

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Tanning for teens 16 years old or younger in salons will soon be against the law. The new legislation will also require parental consent for 17-year-olds who want to tan in a tanning bed.

Governor Tom Corbett is expected to sign the bill, House Bill 1259 into law on Tuesday.

The law will also require customers to sign a written warning statement about skin cancer before tanning and require salons to post warning signs on the premises.

The bill passed the senate by a wide margin, 40 to nine, but it's a policy change that's getting mixed feedback in Erie.

 "I think it's great, especially for those who are under 18 to restrict them, to help them make healthier decisions," said Elisa Russo, a Gannon University senior. Russo has family members who developed skin cancer after prolonged tanning bed use.

"If a parent was signing off on something else, like for a kid to do drugs or something like that, would that be okay? I don't think so. I think we need to step in and protect those kids who are underage," Russo said.

Others disagree.

"It seems a little bit extreme to me. I think parents can decide for themselves," said Sue Weber, a parent and Erie tanning customer at "Sun Your Buns." "If you're 14, 15, and 16, and you have parental consent, that should be enough."

The president of Erie's "Sun Your Buns," Grant Miller, says the policy change won't affect business.

"Actually we have very few clients that are 17, 16 and under," Miller said. " A lot of times, young women and young men who are in junior high and high school, they do a lot of spray tanning, which is a great way to get dark color really, really fast," he said.

Spray tanning won't be included in the new laws on tanning.

There's currently no state-wide legislation restricting tanning in Pennsylvania.


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