Teenage Indoor Tanning Banned in California

October 17, 2011 | posted by Justin Skeesuck

For anyone who has had a loved one die from melanoma, the bill passed this month in California was a huge success. Individuals under the age of 18 can no longer use indoor tanning devices at all.

The American Academy of Dermatology applauds this legal measure since studies have found a 75 percent increase in the risk of melanoma in those who have been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning.  Equally, it is well known that extended exposure to UV radiation ages the skin more quickly, and can lead to other forms of skin cancer. This is why daily use of a sunscreen that protects against UVA & UVB radiation is important!

What do you think? Is this law is too restrictive or is it the right step to help protect the health of our next generation?