Monday, February 20, 2012

Lawmakers to Take Up Indoor Tanning Measure

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 9:21 AM

With a forecast that includes snow and an overnight low temperature near freezing, Idaho lawmakers today will consider tanning - the indoor variety.

Lewiston Democratic Rep. John Rusche, also a physician, is expected to bring forward his measure that would ban the use of indoor tanning devices by Idaho minors under 18. Rusche said his legislation is designed to protect youth from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

"A ban for minors is essential because parental-consent laws aren't working," said Dr. Ronald Moy of the American Academy of Dermatology. "According to a recent report from the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, indoor tanning salons are not following existing laws."

Dr. Lindsay Sewell, president of the Idaho Dermatology Society, also favors the bill.

"The 24-year-old woman I just diagnosed with melanoma wishes someone else had done something about tanning 15 years ago, when she was too young to understand the issues and it wasn't too late for her," said Sewell.

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